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Background check backlog causing problems
The Airdrie Echo
March  2011

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Many coaches and volunteers still waiting for results of checks after changes last year    By James Emery/Senior Reporter

An Airdrie pastor is growing increasingly frustrated at how long he has had to wait for a police records check to return.

Rob Allain, 48, pastor at Genesis Church said he applied for the vulnerable sector background check last year and is still waiting for documentation from Ottawa.

"I applied in October to get a police check and they came back to me a couple weeks later and said I needed to get fingerprinted because (my) birth date matches up with someone who already committed a crime," Allain said. "They sent it away and I'm still waiting for them to get back to me."

It was last October that police agencies across the country introduced a policy change that required a more detailed screening of anyone who happened to share the same gender and birth date as a sex offender.

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