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June 5 2015

Police Service Moving Towards Pilot Project To Speed Up Criminal Records Searches

"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.

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. The process will ensure the hired company will be able to properly conduct the detailed and thorough searches that are necessary."