What information does BCCU find and how does BCCU use the information?

The information reported to BCCU includes publically accessible conviction data, as well as non-conviction data (such as arrests, dismissals, and various other reports from the justice system), and agency data on negative administrative actions, licensing actions, adult/child protective service reports, and more.

BCCU generally uses conviction information to determine the result of the check.  However, convictions that have been the subject of an expungement, pardon, annulment, certificate of rehabilitation (or other equivalent procedure based on a finding of rehabilitation or innocence) in many cases may not be used at all or may not be used as automatically disqualifying.

BCCU generally does not use non-conviction information, such as arrest data or a record of dismissal. However, in some cases it may be used when the matter is still “pending” in a court of law. This can include old arrest or charging information which was dismissed or otherwise never pursued but which has not been updated by the original source to reflect a disposition (the outcome of the case).  Without an official update, BCCU is still required in many cases to treat this old information as “pending”.

BCCU encourages you to thoroughly review your background check information for accuracy and correct any errors or improper data with the source police department, agency, or court. BCCU may ask you to provide proof of a disposition (i.e. court documents, proof of non-prosecution) to BCCU for review. 

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