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Police announce changes to records check process

Chief of Thunder Bay Police Service J. P. Levesque announced Wednesday the Thunder Bay Police have adopted a new electronic process for assisting in the completion of police record checks.
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Thunder Bay Police Service Media Release

Chief of Thunder Bay Police Service J. P. Levesque announced today the Thunder Bay Police have adopted a new electronic process for assisting in the completion of police record checks.

The addition to the current process means our citizens will now have the option of completing the whole application process on-line from the comfort of their own home.

They will not have to visit police headquarters to start the process and may never have to attend the police station at all - unless the application requires something further, like fingerprints to confirm identity to a record.

This online system was developed under the auspices of an agreement with Triton Canada Inc.

An applicant will be invited to complete an online form, dependent on the type of check required and submit their applicant on-line.

The electronic nature of the system allows for expedited service with most checks completed within one to five business days providing the applicant is from Thunder Bay and does not have a record. The results will be sent electronically to the applicant via email. Whereas in the past, applicants had to come in and have their ID verified and then return to pick up their completed police record check.

Online Police Records Checks can be paid for through VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS.

Many financial institutions have safe reliable internet banking options for internet purchases such as VISA DEBIT cards for online purchases. Costs associated to the offering of this service were considered with the resolution passed by the Police Services Board at the October meeting to increase all fees for Police Records Checks and Fingerprinting services.

To apply for a Police Records Check candidates are asked to confirm with the requesting agency or organization the reason for the check, if the check is for volunteer and/or for a vulnerable sector purposes, the candidate must obtain a letter from the agency or organization to upload with the online application.

Access to the online system can be done by visiting the TBPS website at: http://www.thunderbaypolice.ca/services/criminal-records-search.

For the next three months our citizens will continue to have the option of making an in-person application to Thunder Bay Police Headquarters at 1200 Balmoral Street during the hours Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.