RCMP Adding Fingerprint Scanners to Speed up Background Checks

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is taking steps to speed up the checking of fingerprints submitted by Canadians seeking employment or volunteer positions as coaches, child-care workers and caregivers for the elderly. Under new rules that came into effect in 2010, anyone who wants to work or volunteer with vulnerable groups must submit fingerprints to Ottawa for analysis to ensure they aren’t the same person. As a result of the new law and consequently a large increase of “vulnerable” background checks needing to be processed, RCMP says it will install 32 additional electronic fingerprint-scanning devises and order 50 more.

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