Windsor Police is informing the public that criminal records checks are now free.
Effective April 1, police investigations, criminal records and judicial matters investigations will be provided for voluntary purposes to residents of Ontario, including residents of Windsor and Amherstburg, at no cost.
It does not include testing of sensitive areas.
WPS has a new online process for individuals who need to check police records for volunteer or employment purposes.
This system allows people to apply for police record check 24 hours a day without attending their facility. All aspects of the process – including verification of your identity and payment of fees – are handled electronically.
Police record documents will be mailed in a confidential envelope if there is no concern or need for follow-up.
Individuals must be residents of Windsor or Amherstburg to apply through the WPS site. Making a false statement, such as a non-resident declaring the local address at which they do not currently reside, will result in the application processing being stopped and all funds paid for forfeiture.
Ontario police agencies will no longer be allowed to disclose any youth records upon record checks to non-governmental agencies. This means that applicants under the age of 18 will no longer be provided with a police record check unless they can show that it is required by a government agency.
Anyone under the age of 18 who needs a records check can attend at the headquarters at 150 Goeau Avenue in Windsor.
This process is intended for individuals living and working in Canada. If you are living/working outside Canada, you must obtain a certified criminal record check from the RCMP by submitting fingerprints.
There are three levels of record checking. The position you are applying for will determine which check is best suited. In all cases, you should consult with the agency, organization or employer requesting the police investigation to determine what level of investigation is required.