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Records Checks are processed in approximately 3-5 weeks, assuming timely response from other police services and depending on request volumes. Find out more.

We are currently processing police records checks received during the week of June 3, 2014!

We are currently experiencing a high volume of requests. Please note that it may take 6-8 weeks to complete your request. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

If you are requesting a police records check or a criminal records check, you MUST apply in person by attending any of the major police stations. Someone else cannot apply for you on your behalf.

Locations and hours of operation.

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Police Records Check:

This service is restricted to applicants seeking employment and/or volunteer work with vulnerable* individuals.  This includes national and local police databases.  The possible existence of criminal convictions and outstanding charges, as well as incidents of all notable police contacts for
at least the previous five years will be considered for release.   Information is collected and disclosed according to section 29(1) and 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Police Services Act, RSO 1990, c.P.15

Criminal Records Check:

This service is intended for applicants who are involved as a volunteer, employee or in any situation where a basic criminal background check is requested (i.e. retail, warehouse or immigration).  This search is not intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer and/or employment with vulnerable * persons.  This search includes national databases only.  The possible existence of criminal convictions and outstanding charges will be considered for release.  Information is collected and disclosed according to section 29(1) and 32 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Police Services act,  RSO 1990, c.P.15

*Who are vulnerable persons?

Vulnerable persons or individuals refers to a class of persons who, because of their age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent are in a position of dependence on others or are otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them ( e.g. children, disabled or elderly)

If the person requesting the Records Check is under the age of 16 years and does not have sufficient identification a parent or legal guardian (with proper identification) can guarantee the young person's identity.

I still have questions. Who can I contact?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or to check the status of your request, please contact 613-236-1222 , ext. 5485. You may also reach the Background Clearance Supervisor by email at RecordsCheck@ottawapolice.ca or by mail at:

Records Check Section Ottawa Police Service
P.O. Box 9634, Station T,
Ottawa, Ontario,
K1G 6H5

 

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