The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently added a new requirement to its policy related to criminal record checks. This requirement applies to all agencies across Canada that access the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) to perform a criminal record check. CPIC is administered by RCMP. All agencies that access CPIC, including the Private Security and Investigative Services Branch (Branch) are required to comply with the RCMP CPIC Policy.
Effective March 21, 2011, all applicants for licences must have a guarantor confirm their identity by verifying the identification documentation (ID) that accompanies their application. Applications cannot be processed without this confirmation by a guarantor. This requirement applies to both individual licensees as well as agency personnel that are named in the application for an agency license. Typically these are officers, directors or partners of the company who, as part of the agency application process, are also required to have a criminal record check.
November 10, 2010
Training and Testing Working Group
Anyone seeking a licence as a private security guard and/or private investigator has been subject to mandatory training and testing requirements under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 as of April 15, 2010.
Since then, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has been monitoring the effectiveness of the basic training and testing program, and has recently set up a working group with participants from the Ontario private security industry. The overall objective of the working group is to ensure the basic training and testing program supports the government’s commitment to professionalize the industry and to protect public safety. The key areas of focus for this group are:
- To review, and if necessary update, the ministry’s training and testing program to ensure the testing component is appropriate and relevant for the industry.
- To provide a ministry-endorsed test preparation document to complement the curricula for security guard and private investigator training.
As well as participants from the private security industry, the working group also includes the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The group has been put together to ensure a province-wide perspective that includes representatives from the security guard, private investigation and loss prevention disciplines.
The ministry expects to report on the findings of the working group early in 2011.
Since April 15, private investigators have been subject to a new basic training and testing requirement. Recent estimates at some agencies put failure rates at about 50 per cent.
Criticisms of the new system include the fact that there’s no approved curriculum for the training component; that those who design the courses don’t get to see the exam beforehand; and that the test is too broad and not necessarily relevant to the work private investigators do.
As well, people have complained that there’s no handbook to help prepare for the test. “There were questions on it that I will never come across in my area of expertise,” one commentator identifying as a private investigator recently wrote on lawtimesnews.com.
It’s obvious, then, that there are flaws. Once again, good intentions at ensuring and raising proficiency standards are having unintended consequences.
We have to ask why the Ontario government is testing for useless knowledge? The simple answer is, because they can.