Criminal background checks are now “quick, easy, and free” at the Warwick Police Station, according to Jonathan Wheeler, in charge of Special Details at the Warwick Police Department.
The Warwick Police Department gives free criminal background checks (BCIs) for Warwick residents with proof of residency. A similar background check by the Rhode Island State Attorney General’s Office costs $5.
Wheeler said processing takes two to three minutes. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Warwick Police Station is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive; Wheeler’s office is on the second floor. Those seeking a criminal background check will need a license, passport, or state ID.
Those who have a clean record will be given a criminal background check that reads, “On the above date, a search of the records of the Warwick Police Department and the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office, was conducted on the below named individual. This letter is to certify that NO RECORD of a criminal nature exists. Be advised that this is a local record check by name and date of birth only. This check does not cover any criminal record or case disposition in any other jurisdiction outside of the State of Rhode Island.”
Those involved with the school department, volunteer work, and helping the elderly are required to have a criminal background check. Other occupations that require a criminal background check are: employees in a program or facility licensed by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals; employees of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families; police and security; R.I. Public Transit Authority drivers; debt managers; brokers; nurses; and health care providers. The probate court and immigration laws also require criminal background checks. Wheeler said more than 2,000 BCI checks have already been processed by Warwick Police this year.