Police Information Checks are more than a Canadian Criminal Record Check. Also known as a Police Information Check (PIC), information is searched from three databases and the results are provided on a Lethbridge Police Service certificate letter. Disclosure will include:
-Canada-wide Criminal Record History;
-Vulnerable Sector Search (if required); and
-Police History; this includes Local Police Information and Alberta Provincial court records.
The Lethbridge Police Service processes PICs for employment, volunteer and educational opportunities, licensing requirements, immigration, travel or VISA requirements, and any other relevant purposes.
Obtaining a Police Information Check
All applicants requiring a Police Information Check can attend the Lethbridge Police Service, located at 135 – 1 Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB. If you are unable to attend the Lethbridge Police Service, please visit the FAQ section for information on individuals who live outside of Lethbridge.
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday & Statutory Holidays: Closed
Employment Fee- $65 (includes GST)
-Adoption/Foster Care/ Kinship Care
Volunteer Fee - $10 (includes GST)
-Unpaid Post-Secondary Practicum
Required: A letter issued from the organization must be surrendered at time of a volunteer fee application. The letter must:
-Be on the organizations letterhead;
-Contain your name;
-Explicitly state the role is volunteer unpaid; and
-Include a signature of a designate from the organization.
Accepted Forms of Payment:
The Lethbridge Police Service accepts cash, debit cards, personal cheques, certified cheques, bank drafts, or money orders. All cheques, drafts and money orders should be made payable to the Lethbridge Police Service
Two (2) valid pieces of government issued identification are required. One (1) piece of identification must be a valid government issued identification including a photo.
Examples of Photo Identification:
-Driver’s Licence or Identification Card
-Permanent Residence Card
-Indian/Metis Status Card
Examples of Non-Photo Identification:
Provincial Healthcare Card
The Police Information Unit reserves the right to accept or refuse any forms of non-government issued identification. Expired identification cannot be accepted.
The Lethbridge Police Service requires that all applicants under the age of 18 be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Vulnerable Sector Check
A Vulnerable Sector Check is an enhanced Police Information Check developed to protect children and vulnerable persons and is governed by the Criminal Records Act. Vulnerable Sector Checks are used to verify if an individual has received a record suspension (formally pardon) for a sex offence and if an individual has had any relevant involvement with police. Individuals entering into a role of responsibility are required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Check when they are in a position of trust and/or authority over vulnerable persons:
-Individuals with disabilities
-Or any other circumstance that places an individual in a position of dependence on others or are at greater risk for victimization than the general population
A position of trust or authority is more than just having contact with children or vulnerable persons. The nature of the position – not the person – must cause the person to have authority over, or trust of, children or vulnerable persons. Casual positions where occasional contact with children or other vulnerable persons can still require a Vulnerable Sector Check if the nature of the position leads children or vulnerable persons to have trust in the individual.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the organization or person responsible for the vulnerable person/people to request a Vulnerable Sector Check be completed. If you are unsure whether a Vulnerable Sector Check is needed for a specific position please consult with your employer, educational institution, or non-profit organization.
The Lethbridge Police Service can only conduct a Vulnerable Sector Check for individuals that reside in the City of Lethbridge. For applicants who require a Vulnerable Record Search and do not have valid government issued identification with a Lethbridge address, the Lethbridge Police Service accepts the options listed below. Please note these documents must have your name for verification:
Verification of a Lethbridge address includes:
-Recent utility, electricity, gas or telephone bill (dated within that last 90 days)
-Property rental agreement
-Mailed bank statement (dated within that last 90 days)
-Insurance policy documents (life, auto, residential), etc. dated within that last 90 days
The Lethbridge Police Service will not accept - printed bank statement from applicant’s bank date stamped by a teller, screen shots/captures of banking information (including a teller stamp).
Standard processing time may range from 3 to 7 business weeks depending on volume and is subject to change without notice. This time period may also vary if identity confirmation is required. All applications will be processed in order of the date the application was received in good order. Upon completion, a certificate/letter will be mailed to the applicant with the results from the application. The Lethbridge Police Service will not email or fax copies of issued certificates.
Police Information Unit
Lethbridge Police Service
135 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 0A1