September 16th, 2020

Police Check Turnaround Times are at All-Time Highs

1 min read

Tis the season where if you’re planning to coach hockey, you should be thinking about getting your annual background check! However, many leagues run on volunteers and one thing can derail even the most enthusiastic team: coaches who can’t coach because they’re waiting on criminal record checks!

Certn recently polled 50 police stations in some of Canada’ favourite hockey towns to find out that the expected wait time for a criminal record check from the police station is up to 6 weeks. That could be detrimental for teams needing coaches.

All coaches have to complete criminal record checks, when you have a volunteer or parent step onto the bench, he or she will need to comply as well. But doing a police check the traditional way – going to the station, filling out the paperwork, and waiting for the results – can take up time nobody has.

There’s a solution: an online background check.

Using Certn’s criminal record check services, a coach or volunteer could fill out the required forms right from their smartphone, submit their information, and have their results within 15 minutes. Yes, they can have it before the end of the first period! You could even conduct your background check while on the ice!

With direct relationships with the RCMP and local police forces across the country, Certn provides the fastest checks on the market and its accuracy is second to none.

With online volunteer background checks, teams can even navigate mid-season coaching changes with ease.

Get your team set up with volunteer background checks today at Certn. Contact Certn at 1-844-822-3786 or visit our partners at My CRC to get your personal criminal record check.*Note: our criminal record check services do not include Vulnerable Sector Checks. Vulnerable Sector Checks must be done through your local police station or in BC through the Criminal Records Review Program.

About the Author

Andrew McLeod is a C3O of Certn, a global background check provider iinnovating all parts of the background screening process. In addition to running one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech startups in Canada, he advises leaders on how to improve business processes and thrive in the current era of disruptive technological change.