The Toronto Police Services Board is grappling with how to manage a backlog in police background checks that grows by 200 new requests each day and reached almost 17,000 requests last year.
The solution to this problem is pretty straightforward and I am sure that Toronto Police Service is working towards the same goal. There are currently dozens of private fingerprinting agencies in Toronto and the surrounding area that are accredited, by CCRTIS a division of the RCMP, to process VSS fingerprint-based checks. The bottleneck is that to comply with the CCRTIS regulations the individual must first go to a police service and then be referred to a fingerprint agency. If all VSS applicants had to first go to the private fingerprint agency, all the police service would have to do is receive the search results and issue the certificate to the VSS agency. Reliability Screening Solutions itself has enough manpower in Toronto to easily handle the current VSS backlog. I am optimistic that the workflow for VSS checks will soon change so that these checks can be processed without the need for police service additional funding.