A police record is similar to a criminal record in that you can find out criminal details about a person’s background. This can help you if you’re concerned about whether or not someone in your life – or a loved one’s life – is telling the truth about the past. In Canada, the law requires that you must submit a background record if you’re going to be a volunteer (or a paid worker) for children or any other part of the public that’s vulnerable. Canada police records will offer specific crimes or events where police were called and will state facts about the event such as the time and place where the event took place and who else was involved. You may find records such as traffic violations and drunken driving episodes on police records. To submit a request for a person’s Canada police record, mail a request that includes the person’s full name and any other information that may be relative to find the records. Send the request to:
Information and Privacy Commissioner
2 Bloor St., E; Ste. 1400
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1A8
Phone: (416) 326-3333
Check with the department before you send the request to find out if there’s a fee involved for the search. Generally, fee amounts can vary from $15 to $60, depending on the circumstances. Police records are usually very detailed and are written from the perspective of the police officer who answered the call, while criminal records might include arrest and conviction information and court records, if any.
Now, you can also use the Internet to check out a person’s police or criminal background. Internet search sites have become very popular since the Freedom of Information Act that allows certain records to be accessed by the public. It’s a good way to set your mind at ease if you’re concerned about a person in your life. A full report will be sent to your private email address and no one will know that it was you who requested the record because your personal information is encrypted. If you’re requesting a Canada police report, it may take weeks or even months to receive it – whereas, if you’re using an Internet search site, you’ll likely have the information almost immediately. Canada may also make you reveal your identification before mailing the police record. The databases and search engines that Internet search sites use to retrieve records are much more powerful and far-reaching than those used by states or other countries and tend to be more accurate and up-to-date. There are many reliable online search services from which to choose, and most have the policy that if no record is found there is no charge. Click on the link to find out more about searching through Canada police records by using an Internet search site.