Volunteer Calgary is pleased to see a plan in place to decrease wait times for police information checks for volunteers in Calgary. Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced yesterday in Calgary “new technology will further strengthen the reliability of these checks by making the verifications faster and more efficient”
The Police Information checks are becoming more comprehensive with the addition of a digital finger printing technology. This new digital scanner means that applicants can submit their fingerprint for verification and in a matter of minutes, receive a response, as opposed to the weeks or months of waiting that were required before. In March Calgary Police started using the Livescan system to help ease the backlog of vulnerable sector police checks and are looking to have a second scanner in place in June.
With an additional machine and additional, trained staff, the Calgary Police services hopes to reach their goal of having all vulnerable sector police checks completed and returned to non-profit organizations within two weeks.
However, police information checks are just one potential step in a thorough screening process and are by no means a fool proof way to ensure that your volunteers are properly screened and ready to volunteer with your organization. (The best police information check will only identify known offenders). For a more detailed look at how your organization can develop a thorough screening process please review our recent post on screening.
~ Sue Luciuk, Interim President and CEO