Sunday , 22 May 2022

Alberta RCMP ends online criminal record checks in select detachments across the province

After a six-month pilot program for online criminal record checks, the Alberta RCMP will be ending the pilot effective March 6. The pilot of the tool began in in the fall of 2021 in select detachments across the province in an effort to provide an option for efficient access to the public.

Having an online tool is valuable but the platform model used became a complex undertaking for 12 detachments and it would not have been able to be efficiently expanded throughout the province. The pilot program was only available to the following detachments: Bashaw, Cochrane, Consort, Drayton Valley, Drumheller, Grande Prairie, Provost, St. Albert, St. Paul, Sundre, and Sylvan Lake.

“Although this online criminal record check pilot tool will no longer be utilized, there have been several key points of learning throughout the six month pilot period,” Cpl. Deanna Fontaine with Alberta Media Relations said. “These technical and logistical insights will prove useful for future tool development when the Alberta RCMP explores similar options in the future for a more user- friendly platform that could benefit Albertans.”

Being able to support the public with access to policing services online is a goal for the Alberta RCMP, Cpl. Fontaine added.

To obtain a criminal record check, the public may visit their local detachment or visit the RCMP website at https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/criminal-record-checks for more information.

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.