Slight fee hike for employment police checks

Chatham-Kent Police Service

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To help offset costs related to the service, the fees for employment police clearance checks will see a slight increase.

The Chatham-Kent Police Services Board approved the measure during Tuesday’s meeting.

Chief Gary Conn called the $5 hike from $35 to $40 reasonable, stressing there will be no increase for student or volunteer police checks. The provincial average for the service is $40.

“There hasn’t been a fee increase since the last almost seven years (ago),” Conn said.

For police checks, citizens submit their application through the police website and civilian staff conduct checks of the Canadian Police Information Centre database and local police records.

Staff then provide a written report that the applicant can provide to the requesting organization.

The fee hike, effective in January, will go toward covering inflation increases, as well as the increased labour burden.