Criminal Record Checks

Criminal Record Check

A criminal record check is a name-based search of the national repository of criminal convictions and a search of locally held convictions at Bridgewater Police Service.

Time Frame - criminal record checks are typically processed within 10 business days

Cost - $30 paid at the Town hall 60 Pleasant St cost only applies if CR check is for employment purposes

Vulnerable Sector Check

A vulnerable sector check is a special type of criminal record check required for situations where the applicant will be in a position of trust or authority over children, the elderly, the disabled, or another vulnerable group. A vulnerable sector check involves a name & date of birth-based search of the national repository of criminal convictions, a search of locally held convictions at Bridgewater Police Service and a query of the pardoned sex-offender database.

As a result of a directive issued by the Public Safety Minister, the RCMP recently made enhancements to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) system to ensure that an unreported name change would not allow a pardoned sexual offender to avoid being identified through a vulnerable sector query. In some cases applicants may be required to submit their fingerprints if there is a match based on either name or a combination of gender and date of birth to a pardoned sex offender record. Applicants with a potential match will be notified by Bridgewater Police Service and requested to attend Bridgewater Police Service to have their prints taken. Visit http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/vulner/index-eng.htm for more information on the changes.

Time Frame - Vulnerable sector checks vary in time frame due to the possibility of finger prints being required. There is now an option of attending Halifax for elimination prints which take approximately two weeks as compared to the possibility of two months.


Obtaining your Criminal Record Check

You may apply in person for a criminal record check at the Bridgewater Police Service any time. All applications will be processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM and picked up at applicants convenience.

To download your application form ahead of time click the link below. (please note that the form is required to be filled in by hand)

Bridgewater Police Service Criminal Record Check Form - PDF
Criminal Record Check Form WebIcon PDF
Vulnerable Sector Check Form WebIcon PDF

What do I bring?

You must present two pieces of identification with your current address. The address must be within the town of Bridgewater.

Accepted identification:

  • Nova Scotia Driver’s License or Nova Scotia ID Card
  • and one other of:
    • health card
    • birth certificate
    • passport

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