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Criminal Record & Vulnerable Sector Background Checks

Many employment and volunteer opportunities require a criminal background check. Summerside Police Services processes record checks for residents of the City of Summerside.

To obtain a criminal background check, you must visit Summerside Police Services at 270 Foundry Street and fill out an Information Consent Form. You will also be asked to show identification.

Typically, it takes two business days to process a record check. There is a processing fee of $50.00 to be paid at City Hall. When you come back to pick up your letter at Police Services, you will be asked to show proof of payment and your identification again.

Background Checks for Volunteers

If you require a background check to be a volunteer, you follow the same process as above, but, bring a letter from the organization you wish to volunteer with in order to waive the $50 processing fee.

Vulnerable Sector Check

A vulnerable sector check is a special type of criminal record check required for applicants who will be in a position of trust or authority over children, the elderly, the disabled, or another vulnerable group.

You will need to complete a second form to apply for this type of check. Additionally, Police Services will conduct a name-based search of the national repository of criminal convictions and a query of the pardoned sex-offender database. 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.

  • If fingerprints are not required, Summerside Police Services will process this check within two business days.  
  • If fingerprints are required, Summerside Police Services will process them.  If it is for employment, you will be required to pay an additional $25 which can be paid at City Hall.  The processing for the fingerprints could take up to 1-2 weeks.   When you come back to pick up your completed Criminal Record check, you will be asked to show identification and proof of payment.  

Note: Summerside Police Services only provides this service to residents of Summerside.

For more information, contact:

Cathy Arsenault
Police Services
carsenault@city.summerside.pe.ca
902-432-1209
City of Summerside, 270 Foundry Street, Summerside, PE Canada

Related External Links

PEI Crimestoppers

Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Prince Edward Island

City of Summerside Police Office

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