Employers and volunteer organizations may ask you to get a police information check, also known as a background check, to see if you are suitable for a job or volunteer position, and also because you may be working with children or other vulnerable people.
You must contact us to make the request and give your permission for the search. The results are released directly to you and you can decide whether or not you want to share the results with the hiring organization.
The Vancouver Police Department has a neutral role when we provide a police information check. We do not make recommendations about whether you are suitable for the position, and police information should not automatically disqualify you. We rely in part upon information given by you, so we cannot guarantee it will identify all relative information.
The organization requesting the police information check must complete an initial review of your suitability for the position, and understand their obligations under the Human Rights Code regarding evaluation, hiring and training volunteers or employees, and bona fide reasons there are not to hire someone.
Vancouver residents can make an appointment at our 2120 Cambie Street location. We are open seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but by appointment only. Non-residents should contact their local police.
Police agencies across B.C., including both municipal and federal RCMP, have adopted consistent guidelines for police information checks.
Please note, cases where non-disclosable information indicates a significant threat to public safety, police agencies may either refuse to complete the check or take action under their duty-to-warn responsibilities.
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