Police Record Checks
Many organizations accepting Community Service-Learning (CSL) students are servicing vulnerable populations. A Police Record Check (PRC) helps to ensure the safety of the clients they serve. By completing a PRC, you will have many more placement options to choose from.
There are three levels of PRCs. This includes a Criminal Record Check, Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening. If you expect to work with children, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, or people with mental health issues, then a Police Vulnerable Sector Screening will likely be required.
Many community partners may request a PRC as part of their screening process and if they do, you will give it to them. It is not a Laurier requirement.
How to get a Police Record Check
- Visit your local police service (see below) and follow the procedures they have in place. The police service may require you to present a letter from Laurier confirming your participation in a course that has a CSL placement.
- Tell them you require a PRC because you will be completing a CSL placement with a community organization. Fill out any required paperwork.
- The Police Service will provide the results of a completed PRC only to you. It is your decision to share the results of a PRC with the community partner. You can talk to CSL staff if you are having difficulty making this decision.
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See detailed information on police record check procedures on the Brantford Police Service website. To apply, you must download and fill out the forms available on their webpage.
You must then visit the Brantford Police Station in person with standard identification and the applicable fees. The Brantford Police Service is located at 344 Elgin Street, Brantford.
Students who currently reside in Waterloo Region or Brantford must provide proof of their residency, (i.e. valid driver’s license, valid lease agreement, utility bill for current month or bank statement) to get a record check completed. You can also get your record check done in the city in which you reside and bring it with you when you return to campus for classes.
When To Apply
Police record checks take three to four weeks to complete. Some communities take longer to process requests. Do not sign up for placements that require a copy of your PRC prior to the start date if you do not have one in hand. Some placements will allow you to start a placement if you can prove that you have started the process, (i.e. providing a receipt).
New RCMP procedures require that if you have any criminal offenses on your record, you may be required to get fingerprinted at your local police service. You will need to allow additional time to complete this process.
Typical fees range from $15 to $45. Community Service-Learning students are not eligible for community volunteer discounts. There may be an additional fee if fingerprinting is required.
Dates of Police Record Checks
The majority of community organizations require a PRC that is no less than six months old. Some require a PRC no less than 30 days old.
Some placements require a tuberculosis (TB) test. If you need one, contact the Student Wellness Centre on either the Waterloo or Brantford campus for more information.
The TB test is a two-step process; each step is $20 at the Student Wellness Centre. The second step is completed two days after the first.