Livescan comes to province
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.