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OPP criminal record check blitzes planned in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg this month

By John Tapley, Ingersoll Times

For people who require a criminal record check, the Oxford County OPP is running two blitzes in September where checks will be completed while applicants wait.

The idea is to head off a backlog of checks, said OPP Const. Stacey Culbert.

“We've done it in other counties and it's been a success,” she said, noting that the blitzes are being held on weekends when the detachment offices aren't normally open to make it easier for people who are at work during normal office hours.

With school, hockey and other sports starting up again, she said September is a particularly busy time of year for people needing record checks.

The record check blitzes are open to any resident of Oxford County with the exception of people who live in Woodstock as they will need to get their checks done by the Woodstock Police Service.

The first blitz will take place at the OPP detachment in Ingersoll on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The second blitz is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the OPP detachment in Tillsonburg.

If a vulnerable sector check is required, which would include anyone working with children or the elderly, applicants must bring the letter requesting that check with them.

Checks for employment purposes will cost $25 in cash (exact amount).

Two pieces of identification must be provided at the time of application.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include LCBO Bring Your Identification cards, military employment cards, Canadian citizenship cards, First Nations status cards, passports, permanent resident cards, Canadian National Institute for the Blind cards, firearms possession and acquisition licences, Ontario photo ID (issued by the MTO), Nexus cards and Fast Pass cards.

Acceptable non-photo identification includes birth certificates, baptismal certificates, hunting licences, outdoors cards, Canadian blood donor cards and immigration papers.

Ontario health cards and social insurance number cards are not permitted to be used as identification due to legislative restrictions.

Copies of identification will not be accepted.

“We're going to be bringing in extra staff and some auxiliary officers to streamline the process (during the blitzes),” Culbert said.

Oxford County OPP completed more than 5,000 criminal record checks in 2016 and 2,385 between January and June in 2017.

Culbert said checks usually take an average of one week to complete, but can take as long as a month if a lot of applications come in at once and things get backed up.

She said it's up to the organization requesting the checks as to how long they will be valid, but police recommend a maximum of one year.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the OPP detachments ahead of time so that the process can run smoothly at the blitzes. The Ingersoll detachment can be reached at 519-485-6554 and the Tillsonburg detachment number is 519-688-6540.