Police record checks under scrutiny in Ontario

Acting Commissioner Brian Beamish was interviewed by the CBC regarding the disclosure of non-conviction information through police record checks and the recent revisions by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police to their voluntary LEARN Guideline for Police Record Checks which aims to limit the practice. Mr. Beamish called it a step in the right direction and would further like to see the reporting of non-conviction information eliminated from police records altogether. He further adds that there is a need to have some kind of provincial standard that police forces can guide their actions by – such as the force of law.

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