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Vulnerable Sector Checks

A Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check includes a check of local police records to determine the existence of a pattern of behaviour that may result in harm to vulnerable persons. A Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check may be required when the applicant will be in a position of trust or authority of children under 18 years of age, the elderly or the disabled. A position of trust or authority must be more than the opportunity for casual contact.

A Police Information Check requiring a Vulnerable Sector Check can only be conducted by a police service.

Police Information Check Section now provides Police Information Checks requiring a Vulnerable Sector Check for residents residing in a jurisdiction served by the following RCMP detachments:

  • Beaumont
  • Sherwood Park
  • St. Albert
  • Morinville
  • Fort Saskatchewan
  • Leduc
  • Spruce Grove
  • Stony Plain

Please be advised that applicants residing in a community not served by one of the above noted RCMP jurisdictions will be required to attend their local detachment to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check. For more information, please see FAQ #5.

Proof of residency is required for applicants requiring a Vulnerable Sector Police Information Check.  Documentation must be provided verifying a current address and can include a driver’s licence, a recent utility, electricity, gas or telephone bill, bank statement, property rental agreement, insurance policy documents, etc. dated within the last 90 days. 

Vulnerable Sector Screenings for Adoptions 

Police Information Checks for the purpose of adoptions do not meet the legal requirements for the Vulnerable Sector Screening under the Criminal Records Act. Though they do not meet the requirements, the Criminal Records Act has a different process that allows the RCMP’s Canadian Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS) to determine if adoptive parents have a Pardon or Record Suspension for sexual offences.

To ensure that adoption applicants are properly screened and that all legislative requirements under the Criminal Records Act are met, it is recommended that fingerprints are taken and submitted to the CCRTIS for processing. The RCMP also strongly recommends that a check of local police records accompany any adoption results completed by the CCRTIS. The Edmonton Police Information Check Section is equipped to assist with the fingerprints and local police record check in the form of a Non-VS Adoption Police Information Check.

For additional information on the Vulnerable Sector Search and Adoption please consult the RCMP’s website here.

Contact PICS


 #108, 14315-118 Avenue Nexus Business Park 

Police Information Check

Apply online for a Police Information Check 

Fingerprinting Service

Walk-in fingerprint services are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Closed to public on Thursday to accommodate processing of large workload volume.

Please give yourself extra time, as we may need to cut the line if we have more individuals than we can serve.

General Inquires

Email: policeinformationcheck@

All emails received outside of regular business hours will be returned on the next business day.

Mailing Address:

Police Information Check Section
Edmonton Police Service
9620 – 103A Avenue
Edmonton, AB, Canada
T5H 0H7