Cop record checks are prompting B.C. probe – The Province

Cop record checks are prompting B.C. probe The Province Denham said that while a criminal record check is a report of someone’s prior convictions, penalties or outstanding charges pulled from a national police database, such information can also…

This creates a very good case for using a third-party screening company to conduct your criminal history checks.  Companies such as Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. (RSSI) are strictly governed under the terms of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a Canadian Police Service and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  RSSI is not permitted to disclose any conviction or non-conviction information when conducting CPIC searches.  If a CPIC indicates that there may be a criminal history, then the applicant can declare their convictions and our police service partner will provide a confirmation that the declared conviction records are complete.  Standard CPICs do not check non-conviction data.  We can also request an adjudication of non-conviction data that other police services will determine requires further investigation with the applicant’s local police service.  Non-conviction information is never exposed – this is appropriate for both the applicant and the employer.  Employers in general do not want the burden of managing personal information, so less is better as long as the security of their business and their other employees is protected.  Police services that release all information are essentially abdicating their responsible to protect the applicant in favour of the employer.  Our CPIC MOU exists to ensure that the interest of the CPIC, employer, and the applicant are taken into account.

Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal – Daily Mail

Daily Mail Father ordered to quit after CRB check wrongly labels him a hardened criminal Daily Mail David Reay was wrongly identified as being guilty of offences including burglary, theft and possession of cocaine when details of a criminal with a…


David Reay’s unfortunate problem could not have occurred in Canada, and could have easily  been avoided.  In Canada, Reliability Screening Solutions is authorized to submit name and date of birth checks, such as the type that would have wrongfully identified Mr. Reay as a criminal.  We conduct these checks because that is an option the clients want because they are very inexpensive and really fast. Fortunately, for people like Mr. Reay these Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) name checks can only result in two possible outcomes, the first outcome “Negative” is that no criminal record could be found and the second “Incomplete” is that a criminal record may or may not exist; no details are exposed.  In the event that the outcome is incomplete, then the applicant needs to submit fingerprints to confirm that the record is or is not really theirs.  In countries where the criminal record is released, such as in  Mr. Reay’s case two individuals are actually hurt in the process; the one who doesn’t get the job and the other person whose criminal record has been exposed to a third party without their permission.  Fingerprint searches are also pretty fast with certified results received in the mail in 3 days, with perfect accuracy.  Why when so much is at stake would you even bother with the inaccuracies and possible liabilities around name checks?  It just doesn’t make sense.

Changes needed to keep background checks in check, critics say – Ottawa Citizen

Changes needed to keep background checks in check, critics say
Ottawa Citizen
J.N., who has no criminal record, asked the Durham Regional Police Service to remove the reference from her background check but they refused.

There are a number of ways to get a criminal background check completed in Canada.  The most consistent and fair practice is probably via third party checks because they are strictly governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a Canadian Police Service (CPS), a third party provider like Reliability Screening Solutions Inc. and the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC).  There are three main types of name and date of birth based checks that are conducted, the most basic being a standard CPIC check.  Third parties conducting a CPIC check will only be able to report that a conviction does or does not exist, no details are provided and no non-conviction data is evaluated or reveal; conviction details can only be provided with the submission of fingerprints.  The second type of submission available is a CPIC declaration where an individual can declare the conviction that is in their criminal record.  Again, the only information that is provided to and available from the third party screening company is that the criminal record is confirmed or not.  For companies that may be interested in a more comprehensive screening of employees there is also an option where a third party screening company can request an adjudication of other information held in the CPIC database.  In this case, the CPS will review other non-conviction data and either recommend that the individual go to their local police service to complete the file, or they will provide a certificate that there is no relevant data of concern.   The case of JN the search would, based on the information provided, likely have been returned clear for both the CPIC conviction and non-conviction information with everyone involved appropriately protected.