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Police service moving towards pilot project to speed up criminal records searches

THUNDER BAY – The city police force is moving ahead with trying to speed up the process to get a background check.
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THUNDER BAY – The city police force is moving ahead with trying to speed up the process to get a background check.

The Thunder Bay Police Service will issue a request for proposal to find a third-party to handle the criminal records searches, which are often necessities for employment and volunteer purposes.

At a previous meeting police officials said the force conducts more than 6,000 checks this year, with the average wait time being between one to three months.

Creating a more efficient process is the goal, said police chief J.P. Levesque.

“We’re counting on them to speed things up so we’re looking at a one to two year pilot project,” Levesque said.

Levesque said the process will ensure the hired company will be able to properly conduct the detailed and thorough searches that are necessary for working with children or the elderly.

He knows that will likely limit the number of applicants.

“We need third parties who are able to do vulnerable sector (checks),” Levesque said.

“The (request for proposal) will be very specific. We doubt there are very many companies out there who are able to give us that.”