Police Information Check
The Abbotsford Police offers two types of Record Checks:
Police Information Check
A Police Information Check is intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer or employment with agencies requiring a review of court and police information about an applicant. The organization/employer has determined that a search for pardoned sex offences is not required; therefore, this information check is NOT intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer and/ or employment with vulnerable persons.
Police Information Check with Vulnerable SectorA Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector is intended for applicants who are seeking volunteer or employment with agencies requiring a review of court and police information about an applicant. AND the organization/employer has determined that a search for pardoned sex offences is required as the applicant will be in a position responsible for vulnerable individuals.
Important Information to Note
The Abbotsford Police Department plays a neutral role in determining suitability regarding employment and/or volunteer risk assessment. By providing the service of a Police Information Check, the Abbotsford Police Department is in no way making a recommendation as to the suitability of the applicant for the position, nor should the agency consider the existence of police information to mean a compulsory disqualification of the individual. It is important to note that information contained within a Police Information Check is based in part upon information provided by the applicant and a police agency cannot guarantee it will identify all information pertaining to the individual.
A Police Information Check discloses more than just a record of convictions. Police incidences of an accusatory nature where an applicant was considered a suspect or where charges were recommended, but not approved by Crown Counsel, may also be disclosed. The length of time that such information will be disclosed is governed by provincial and federal retention periods.
What is a Vulnerable Sector Search?
An applicant who is identified as working with a person or organization responsible for the well-being of children under 18 years or with vulnerable 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 greater risk than the general population of being harmed by persons in a position of authority or trust relative to them as is authorized under the Criminal Records Act.
If you indicate that you are working with vulnerable individuals, you will be required to sign a consent that will allow a search for any sexual offences for which a pardon has been granted, and consent to disclose any pardoned sexual offences.
There are possible delays for Police Information Checks with vulnerable sector requiring fingerprint comparison (see details).
How to Apply for a Police Information Check
All Police Information Checks must be completed by the agency policing the area where the applicant resides. Abbotsford Police Department will complete Police Information Check searches for residents of Abbotsford only.
Police Information Check Applications are completed in person at the main office located at 2838 Justice Way.
Personnel are available six days a week to assist with these requests. Search requests can be completed Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:30 pm. On Saturday staff are available between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Our office is closed on Sunday and Statutory holidays.
Police Information Check applications are processed in order of date received and search results should be completed within 10 business days. Delays may occur in completing the search if we have to verify data with other agencies or fingerprints are required to confirm identity.
Completed Police Information Checks will be mailed to the applicant’s home address upon completion.
If living outside Canada, see Police Information Check Outside of Canada.
Police Information Check Process
Applicant must complete:
Police Information Check form (APD-155b)
This form can be downloaded by clicking the link above, or picked up in person from either the APD headquarters building or our Community Police Office. Bring the form with you to the Abbotsford Police Department, along with the necessary identification and fees (see below).
- Police Information Check form (APD-155b)
Provide two pieces of valid, government issued ID - one must have a photo.
Accepted as photo ID are:
- Provincial Driver's license
- Provincial Photo ID card
- Canadian Military ID
- Status Indian Card
- Citizenship Card
- Current year's student card for youth
Secondary ID that may be used includes:
- Birth Certificate
- Social Insurance Number Card
- CARE (Provincial Medical) card
The names on the ID must match. For females who have ID in two different names (usually due to marriage or divorce) please note you may be asked for a marriage/divorce certificate to confirm the names used.
All applicants will be charged a fee for obtaining a Police Record Clearance.
$65.00 for employment related searches
$27.00 for volunteer positions
Fees are in Canadian funds, include HST and are payable in exact cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express at APD headquarters, 2838 Justice Way.
In some instances the applicant may be asked to provide fingerprints so that we may complete the Criminal Record Search requested. If there are any additional fees associated with the processing of the fingerprints by the RCMP, the fees are the responsibility of the applicant.