Police record checks
Please note: We are currently not accepting in person Record Checks.
For applicants to use the online system:
- You must be a resident of Winnipeg
- You must be a resident of Canada for at least 1 year
- The agency is registered with the online system
- Have proof of your current Winnipeg address
- Be 18 years of age or older
Agency registration for the online systemAgency registration
- Criminal Record Check applications are processed in order of date received
- We are currently processing applications received on MAY-28-2020
- We do not provide timelines regarding specific applications
Chief of Police
Winnipeg Police Service
Attn: Police Records
P.O. Box 1680
Winnipeg, MB R3C 2Z7
By phone: 204-986-6073
Vulnerable Sector Search
The Winnipeg Police Service can only complete Vulnerable Sector Searches for residents of Winnipeg. If you reside outside Winnipeg, you must attend your local police agency to have the search completed.
Vulnerable Sector Verification is used to determine the possible existence of a criminal record and/or a sexual offence conviction for which an individual has received a pardon.
With recent changes made by the RCMP in this search, it will result in more individuals having to submit fingerprints to the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records to complete the verification.
For a complete list of recent enhancements the RCMP have put into effect please see the RCMP website.
Did you receive "an attend" letter?
If you receive an "attend" letter after submitting your application, follow instructions.
Individuals are requested to "follow-up" and attend the Customer Service Unit for a variety of reasons. Follow-up requests may be related to:
- submission of fingerprints to confirm or eliminate a criminal record associated to an applicant’s information
- Failure to submit a self-declaration form if you have existing criminal conviction(s)
- submission of fingerprints for the Vulnerable Sector search to confirm or eliminate a pardon associated to applicants’ information.
- A vulnerable sector check is conducted as part of a criminal record check. It is a search of records suspended (formerly a pardon) sexual offences. The vulnerable sector check is national RCMP policy and requires applicants who have a combination of name and/or gender and/or date of birth as a pardoned/suspended sex offender to undergo fingerprinting to verify their identity. The vast majority of those fingerprinted will not have a pardoned/suspended sexual offence; however fingerprinting remains a necessity as it eliminates the possibility of an offender changing their name to circumvent a criminal record. This is not an accusation of criminal activity or guilt; fingerprints are used to confirm your identity only. Please see the RCMP website for more information.
NOTE: The above information cannot be discussed over the phone; however the Police Information Check Unit will disclose this follow-up request when you attend.
What databases are searched?
The Winnipeg Police Service uses two search mechanisms:
- NICHE- Local records of the Applicant's involvement with Winnipeg Police Service (Police Information Management System)
- C.P.I.C. - The Canadian Police Information Centre system and R.C.M.P. National repository in Ottawa.
This Police information check only provides information found at the time of the check, on the above listed systems. The Winnipeg Police Service does not guarantee completeness of the information, as we are limited to information available on these systems.
Police record check for immigration purposes
We are currently not accepting record checks for immigration purposes
We are currently not accepting fingerprinting for Criminal Record Checks.
Criminal record transcripts
We are currently not processing criminal record transcripts
If you require a police incident number – please call our public line in the Records Compilation Unit at 204-986-6073 and leave one detailed message, or send an email to WPS-Records@winnipeg.ca.