Lives­can comes to prov­ince

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

Nova Sco­tians will ex­pe­ri­ence faster pro­cess­ing times -- days in­stead of weeks -- when they are fin­ger­printed for crim­i­nal record checks, thanks to a pro­vin­cial and fed­eral in­vest­ment.

Ross Landry, min­is­ter of jus­tice, Peter Mackay, min­is­ter of na­tional de­fence, and Chief Supt. Brian Bren­nan of the RCMP an­nounced on April 13, the in­stal­la­tion of 22 dig­i­tal finger­print­ing de­vices at 22 RCMP de­tach­ments across the prov­ince. Seven more will be in­stalled in the com­ing months.

The de­vices, called Lives­can, al­low for the elec­tronic tak­ing and sub­mis­sion of fin­ger­prints, which can re­duce pro­cess­ing times for most vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor checks to days from weeks.

Cost for the 22 de­vices is $560,000, with the prov­ince fund­ing 70 per cent and fed­eral gov­ern­ment 30 per cent.

“Nova Sco­tia has one of the high­est rates of vol­un­teer­ing in Canada and we want to en­sure there are no bar­ri­ers to help­ing oth­ers in this prov­ince,” said Landry.

Last year, the re­quire­ments of vul­ner­a­ble sec­tor checks were in­creased, caus­ing a large rise in the num­bers of checks. As fin­ger­prints had to be taken with ink and pa­per and then mailed and scanned into the data­base, it length­ened the time to get a check done.

De­tach­ments with Lives­can are Amherst, Antigo­nish, Bad­deck, Bridgetown, Bridge­wa­ter, Colch­ester, Cole Har­bour, Digby, En­field, Eska­soni, Guysborough, Liver­pool, Lower Sackville, Musquodoboit Har­bour, New Mi­nas, Pic­tou, Port Hawkes­bury, Shel­burne, St. Peter’s, Tan­tallon, Yar­mouth and Wind­sor.

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