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Fingerprints; Destruction of Adult Fingerprints, Photographs & Records of Disposition


You may be requested to submit fingerprints for two reasons:

  • You have a criminal record and have requested a record check (see Criminal Record below); and,
  • Your date of birth and gender match that of a person listed in the pardoned sex offender list and fingerprints are required to determine identity (see Vulnerable Sector below).

Fingerprinting services are provided at Timmins Police Service for volunteer/employment purposes.  Those applying for a record check will be contacted if fingerprints are required.  If fingerprints are required to complete your record check, they must be completed in the City of Timmins only.

Members of the public may attend Timmins Police Service on Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY between 8:30am – 11:00am & 1:00pm-3:30pm based on availability.  The cost for fingerprints is $45 plus a $25 RCMP fee.  For confirmed volunteers, the cost is $45.00 and the RCMP fee is waived.


Applicants who have a criminal record and did not self-declare the charges on the self-declaration form, will be required to submit fingerprints so the Timmins Police Service can confirm a criminal record is held at the Criminal Record Repository of the RCMP.  Applicants are NOT required to be fingerprinted for:

  • A conviction for which the applicant has received a pardon;
  • A conviction where the applicant was a “young person” under the YCJA;
  • Absolute or Conditional Discharges;
  • Any offences for which the applicant was not convicted;
  • Provincial or municipal offences; and,
  • Any charges dealt with outside of Canada.


These checks are typically required for coaches involved in minor sports, day care providers, health care providers, those involved in teaching, etc. Applicants requiring this type of record check are scrutinized through a more rigorous screening process. They may be required to submit fingerprints to verify whether there is a criminal record including the existence of any sex offences with a record suspension contained within the RCMP National Repository of Criminal Records.  This may result in more applicants being identified as a potential match resulting in delays in receiving their record check.  Therefore, applicants should ensure they allow ample time to process the request should this situation arise.

Applicants who are impacted will receive a phone call from Timmins Police Service explaining the steps that must be followed for their Vulnerable Sector check to be completed.  They will be required to attend Timmins Police Service to have their fingerprints taken.  Fingerprints will then be submitted to the RCMP to confirm or refute the potential match.  It should be noted that a potential match can result from a person having the same gender and date of birth as a known offender, which in nearly all cases will be ruled out by a fingerprint comparison.


It is the police of the Timmins Police Services Board that, upon written request, the Timmins Police Service will:

1. Destroy adult fingerprints, photographs and records of dispositions associated with non-conviction dispositions after the expiration of all applicable appeal processes, or, in the case of a stay of proceedings, after a period of one year unless:

(a) The individual’s records on file contain an alleged offence(s) listed as a primary designated offence or secondary designated offence as defined in section 487.04 of the Criminal Code R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46, as amended, or:

(b) there are compelling reasons in the public interest to refuse destruction.

2. In applying criteria 1(a) and 1(b) as listed above, give consideration to mitigating factors.

3. Establish a process of review for those cases in which destruction has been refused by the Service; and

4. Where destruction has been approved by the Service, make a recommendation to the RCMP for the destruction of records in its possession associated with the individual’s non-conviction disposition(s), where the criteria established by the RCMP have been met. (Timmins Police Services Board Fee Schedule requires payment of $34.00 when the application has been approved.) 

Non-conviction dispositions are defined as:

  • charges withdrawn (peace bond, acquitted, dismissed, quashed, discharged, stayed)
  • A finding of not guilty by the court
  • A stay of proceedings
  • A finding of not criminally responsible by the court


Application can be made for the destruction of fingerprints and photographs taken by the Timmins Police Service for an arrest which did not result in conviction. There is a five month waiting period from the date of the last court appearance before an application will be accepted. This is to ensure that all pertinent documents are accessible for recall. The following conditions must also apply before the request is granted.

  1. The applicant must be an adult (18 years of age or older at a date of arrest.)
  2. The applicant cannot have ANY criminal convictions.
  3. The applicant cannot have outstanding charges before the courts.
  4. The alleged offence(s) cannot be listed as a primary designated offence or secondary designated offence as defined in section 487.04 of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c.C-46 to view copy go to
  5. Any Peace Bond must have expired before applying for destruction.
  6. Disposition of all charges must fall into one of the following categories: withdrawn, acquitted, dismissed, quashed, discharged or stayed (Judicial Stay – 5 months waiting period, Crown Attorney Stay – 1 year waiting period.)
  7. Absolute Discharge – 1 year expiry must have passed prior to application.
  8. Conditional Discharge – 3 year expiry must have passed prior to application.

It should be noted that this process only allows for the destruction of fingerprints, photographs, and records of disposition held by the Timmins Police Service. Any associated Timmins Police Service reports maintained on in-service databases are subject to retention in accordance with the Timmins Police Service Record Retention Schedule.

Destruction of fingerprints and photographs does not guarantee the applicant access to the United States – this is solely at the discretion of the US authorities. To obtain information on travel waivers and cross border travel, log onto the Department of Homeland Security at or contact the Consulate General of the United States of America located at 360 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S4 or contact the R.C.M.P. at


Eligibility for destruction of fingerprints, photographs and records of disposition is governed by policy and procedure.

An applicant will be notified in writing should their request for destruction be denied and supplied with the reason for refusal.

The applicant then has the right to request a review of this decision by submitting a written appeal, within sixty days of the date of refusal, to the Administrative Coordinator at the below-noted address.

Further information to support an appeal requiring the Timmins Police Service to give consideration to mitigating factors must be supplied, along with any court transcripts considered appropriate to substantiate the position.

Mitigating factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • the seriousness or triviality of the alleged offence(s)
  • mitigating or aggravating circumstances
  • the age, intelligence, physical or mental health or infirmity of the applicant.

Consideration will be given to each appeal request and a decision will be rendered within 60 days of receipt of all documents required to complete the appeal process. The applicant will be notified of the outcome in writing. Should the appeal be denied, an individual may seek redress through the Courts.


On February 5, 2018, the Timmins Police Service and Victim Services launched a new initiative designed to educate the public and raise awareness about human trafficking.

Human trafficking happens when victims are deceived or forced to work in places like the sex industry, sweatshops, businesses, or on the streets. It can happen anywhere, including in airports, hotels, or while using public transportation. The #EndHumanTrafficking campaign is predominately media/awareness based, however also includes extra training for police officers, as well as those in the hospitality industry who may encounter victims of human trafficking in their workplaces. “Our ultimate goal here is to get help for the victims that we know are out there, even in our own community,” said TPS Insp Darren Dinel. “That starts with educating residents about the signs of human trafficking, as well as letting any victims know that there are resources available to assist them.”
Signs that someone may be a victim include:
The initiative will run for the next several months, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. The funding has allowed additional advertising to further increase awareness about human trafficking. If you think a criminal offence has taken place or may be taking place, don’t intervene. Call the Timmins Police Service to report any concerns about human trafficking/sexual exploitation. Record all relevant information including locations and addresses of possible suspicious activity, descriptors of people, vehicle license plates, makes and models of vehicles, and a description of the concerning activity.

NEED HELP? Contact Timmins Police or Victim Services.

Other information resources worthy of public attention are listed below:


The following maps are of the townships within the boundaries of the city of timmins that illustrate where hunting is allowed and prohibited
Hunters must acquaint themselves with these by-law restrictions to be in compliance with safe hunting regulations



Keeping with the Timmins Police Service’s commitment to public safety, the following Bear-Wise tips are provided as a public service.

Timmins Police A screen shot of a page with the words Timmins Police.

1) Never leave garbage behind. If you must leave before garbage day, take your garbage with you when you go. Take it to an approved waste disposal site. Put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids, and only put it out on garbage day, not the night before. Store garbage in a bear-resistant container, secure shed or garage. Do not store garbage in plywood boxes, old freezers or vehicles. Do not stockpile garbage. Take it to an approved waste disposal site regularly. Keep meat scraps in the freezer until garbage day.

2) Fill bird feeders only through the winter months.

3) Never feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them.

4) Remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease trap, after each use.

5) Do not put meat, fish or sweet food (including fruit) in your composter.

6) Pick all ripe fruit off trees, and remove vegetables and fallen fruit from the ground.

7) Encourage your neighbors to practice Bear Wise habits.

8) Use a strong disinfectant to eliminate all odors from garbage and recycling containers and lids.

9) Never discard cooking grease outside. Instead, place it in a container with a lid, transfer it to a plastic bag and include it with other properly stored garbage.

10) Even non-food items like suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap and candles attract bears.

11) Close and lock all windows and doors.

12) If you are away for an extended period of time, have someone you trust check in and look for signs that a bear has either visited or broken into your property.

13) Do not leave pet food outdoors. Feed pets indoors, not outside or in screened-in areas or porches.

14) Avoid landscaping with trees, shrubs or plants that produce food known to attract bears (some examples include crab apple trees, mountain ash, beech and oak.)



Cycling can be enjoyed safely when you understand the rules of the road and practise proper safety and handling techniques.This is your guide to cycling safety. Whether you’re new to cycling or you are an experienced cyclist, this guide contains important information, tips and techniques to make you a safe, confident rider.
Cycling skills Ottawa guide to self-cycling, including tips from the Timmins Police.

home Safety

Safety measures and tips to help keep your home and valuables protected from would be thieves.


  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave or even when home alone. Especially basement and ground level windows and patio doors.
  • Ensure that locks are changed if you are a new tenant or owner, install deadbolts on doors and a peep hole in your front door.
  • Consider installing an alarm system and/or security cameras and be sure they are in working order.
  • Insure your home and its contents.
  • Store valuables in safety lock boxes such as passports, jewellery, coins etc.
  • Store credit cards, identification, and other valuables in a safe place and take photo copies of all important documents.
  • Take an inventory of your possessions, such as all electronic equipment and tools. Pictures, video and receipts are a good way of doing this.
  • Store your car and house keys in a safe, secure and easy to access place.
  • Do not leave purses, jewellery and other valuables visible through the front door.
  • Use curtains on your windows to prevent potential thieves from getting a look inside.
  • Before turning your house key over to a cleaner or other service person, ensure they are from a reputable agency.
  • Ask for credentials from any sales-person before they enter your home.
  • Shred personal papers that you no longer require.


  • Have newspapers and mail picked up, lawns cut or snow removed by a trusted neighbour or friend,  when you are away from home.
  • Buy fake home security decals if you cannot afford a real system.
  • Install ‘dummy’ surveillance cameras if you do not wish to install the real ones.
  • Motion-censored lights outside your home are a great deterrent but make sure to hide the wiring.
  • Keep shrubs and trees trimmed so that doors and windows are in clear view for neighbours to see a potential break in.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately.
  • Keep ladders and garbage pails locked up. Never leave then in the back or front yard.
  • Take your name off the mailbox and your home. These days with Google and the Internet, it’s very easy to find your phone number online, then the thief can call and see if you’re home.
  • Even if you do not have a dog, put a sign up that says beware of dog to deter strangers from entering your property.
  • Always keeps tools locked up as these tools can be turned against you and used to break into your home.


  • Do not post on social media that you are going away and avoid posting vacation photos until you have returned home.
  • Avoid being obvious when packing your car for a vacation.
  • Set a timer to switch various household lights and sprinkler systems on at night and off in the morning.
  • If you frost or cover your garage windows, burglars won’t be able to tell if your car is gone.
  • Make sure that all possible entrances to your house are locked properly.
  • Use a metal bar or piece of wood on sliding doors and windows to make prying them open difficult.
  • Leave a key for your home with someone you trust.
  • Contact your alarm company and advise them when you will be away.
  • Make sure trusted neighbours know you are going away and are left with an emergency contact number.
  • A few dollars to a neighbour for yard maintenance can be money well spent.
  • Put your mail and newspaper deliveries on hold, but also arrange with someone to pick up any mail or newspapers that end up on your doorstep or in your mailbox.
  • In general, with the help of friends and neighbours try to avoid the appearance that no one is home.


Serious assaults and violent acts continue to be a concern. Domestic violence and violent crime against people with distinct needs must be addressed.

Our Goals:

  • Reduce violent crime occurrences.
  • Develop trust between the police and groups such as community partners and social services agencies.
Intimate Relationship / Domestic Violence Assistance

Emergency Numbers
Emergency – 911
Ontario Provincial Police – 1-888-310-1122

Ministry of the Attorney General

Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
38 Pine Street North Suite 129 (101 Mall) — 360-1905

The Victim Witness Assistance Program is available to help you if you are involved in a criminal case either because you are a victim of crime or because you have been called as a witness to testify in a case. The mandate of VWAP is to provide information, assistance and support to victims and witnesses of crime throughout the criminal justice process in order to improve their understanding of, and participation in, the criminal justice process. There is no fee for this service.

Our key services are:

  • Courtroom orientation and information about the criminal justice system
  • Case specific information (court dates, probation orders)
  • Court accompaniment (when possible)
  • Assistance with Victim Impact Statements
  • Information on Criminal Injuries Compensation
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • Assistance with Crown Interviews
  • Community Education
  • Community Coordination of services for victims of crime

Victim Services (located in Timmins Police Service headquarters) – 185 Spruce Street South, Main Floor – 705-360-8700

Victim Services is a community-based service which assists police or other community organizations in providing short-term emotional and practical assistance to victims of crimes, tragic circumstances and disaster and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Timmins & Area Women in Crisis (TAWC) – 355 Wilson Avenue – 268-8380

TAWC is our local sexual assault crisis centre. It has a 24 hour crisis line for women age 16 and over who have experienced violence including sexual assault, incest, childhood sexual abuse, date rape, domestic violence, and stalking. TAWC offers crisis intervention, face-to-face support and advocacy, accompaniment to court, police, hospitals, workshops, and referrals. All services are in English or Native perspective. Practical assistance services include a clothing exchange program and computer access.

Centre Passerelle pour femmes (CPF) – 330 Second Avenue Suite 206 – 705-360-5657

CPF is a francophone sexual assault centre for women aged 16 and over who have been victims of violence and abuse (sexual assault, harassment, incest, physical abuse etc). Services are offered to women who reside in the Cochrane District and include individual/group support, crisis intervention, advocacy, accompaniments to legal and medical appointments, practical assistance and referrals to appropriate services.

La ligne d’écoute Femaide – 1-877-336-2433

La ligne d’écoute Femaide is a crisis line available to francophone women, victims of violence and abise (sexual, psychological, physical, emotional, financial, etc). Services are confidential and can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Women’s Shelter

Matheson, Ontario – 1-705-273-2339 or 1-866-993-2339

The Women’s Shelter offers women a number of emergency housing services and supports through the Women’s Shelter, Community Outreach Program, to women (+16) and their children who are experiencing violence or abuse in their lives. The Women’s Shelter is a safe and secure ten-bed home where a woman can go to protect herself and her children from violence and abuse. Services include support counselling, education on woman abuse and woman’s issues, life skills, parenting skills, advocacy, safety planning, referrals to legal, housing and financial resources, and therapeutic counselling.

Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-800-205-7100

The Sexual Assault Helpline provides 24-hour telephone support 7 days a week, which recognizes and respects the strengh of each woman and offers a non-judgmental setting. It is based out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Assaulted Women’s Helpline – 1-866-863-0511

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline is a province-wide, toll free crisis line available to help women in need. The line provides assaulted women with immediate information and support, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They also speak to friends and family members of abused women, service providers and other professionals in contact with abused women. It has also incorporated the use of the Language Line, allowing counsellors to provide services via an interpreter in up to 154 languages.


Social Media and Safety Online

While the Internet can be an incredible social and educational tool, your online safety depends on taking a proactive approach and protecting yourself, and your children, from bullying and cyberbullying, cyberstalking stalkingand online exploitation. Some useful resources include:

  • NeedHelpNow lets you know how to take down pictures and videos that you’ve posted online
  • is Canada’s tip line to report online sexual exploitation of children
  • is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection



Let your child know they can talk to you about anything and that you will always support them, no matter what. Building trust is important and lets your child know that they can come to you without fear of judgment.

Social media and online technology are a regular part of your child’s life. Threatening to take away their Internet access or smart phone can have harmful effects; your child will be less willing to come and talk to you if something negative is happening to them online.


Social media sites

Social media sites let you share photos, videos and more with friends and family. You need to careful as strangers can sometimes see the information you share. One photo can give away personal information, like where you currently are or where you live. You can remove location information on apps and programs from the posts you make. Social media sites often update their security settings without warning. Make sure to check your settings at least once a week to ensure your privacy.

Remember that once you post something online, you cannot control who has shared, screen shot or downloaded it. Removing it from a post does not mean someone has not already taken that information.

Sending photos, videos or messages that are sexual in nature by text message or online has the same risks as photo sharing and webcam use: once you have sent a photo, video or message of yourself, it is out of your control. There is no way to limit who the photos or videos are passed on to or who will see them. Once a photo is online, it is out there forever.


Fraud and Identity Theft

If you simply wish to provide information about the fraudulent call, please submit a report to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Common prevention tips 

Do not feel pressured into providing any personal information to unsolicited contact through phone calls, text messages, emails, door to door persons, and so on. You have the right to take your time to research and confirm their credibility.

Remember you can stop any fraud by hanging up, not replying to the email, shutting your door and not providing them with personal information.

Never feel forced into providing personal information about yourself which could lead to Identity Theft.

Call The Timmins Police Service or your bank if you have questions or concerns and remember, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Be wary

Be cautious of any person, business, or agency contacting you for an “urgent matter”, an “emergency”, or a “legal issue”, that immediately requires your information or payment of some sort. Fraudsters are often successful because they create a sense of urgency and get you to react before thinking. Again, you have the right to take time to research and confirm if they are legitimate.

Don’t pay in iTunes gift cards or bitcoin

Be very cautious of any so-called official person, government agency, business or organization that requests payment in iTunes gift cards or bitcoin. These types of payments are almost always used by fraudsters as they are nearly impossible to trace or recover. No Government or law enforcement agency will ever ask you for payment and/or donations over email.

Don’t feel pressured

If you are contacted by someone seeking a donation for charity and you are unsure if they and/or the charity is legitimate, do not be pressured into making a donation for some “urgent” cause. Legitimate charities in Canada are registered by the Canada Revenue Agency. You can search the Canadian Governments list of charities. If the charity is well known, but you are unsure of the person seeking the donation, obtain the charity contact information from the phone book or online and then call to confirm the person is legitimate.

Be cautious of telephone solicitors

Do not trust Caller ID. Scammers can use Caller ID Spoofing to make their number look like any phone number including Government agencies, police departments, well-known businesses, and so on.

Common frauds and scams

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre – CAFC collects information and criminal intelligence on frauds and scams. If you are suspicious that something or someone might be fraudulent or you just want to learn more, you can browse known scams and have a look at the Little Black Book of Scams resources. Please share this information with family and friends. Knowledge and caution is the best protection against fraud.


What to Expect when you call 911

The 9-1-1 telephone system has an Automatic Location Identification System and an Automatic Number Identification System which lets the call taker know the address and telephone number of the caller. If a caller is unable to communicate or respond, the Police will be dispatched to the location immediately. Be prepared to answer several questions:

Which service do you require? Police, Fire or Ambulance Service? You will then be transferred to the agency you’ve requested. If your incident requires more than one emergency service, advise the call-taker.

What is your address? You need to provide the address of the incident, including the municipality.

Timmins Police A flyer with information about what number to call and when for Timmins Police.

9-1-1 Response Time

If your call is deemed an emergency, police, fire and ambulance will arrive promptly.

If we determine your call is urgent, but not an emergency, the time it will take for our officers to arrive can vary depending on how many other urgent calls are waiting, the time of day and the availability and location of officers.

Once you have spoken to a call taker, do not call back to 9-1-1 to ask for an estimated time of arrival (ETA). Our dispatchers cannot provide you with an ETA.

What you Should Know When Dialing 9-1-1

  • Calling from home, you can dial 9-1-1 direct.
  • Calling from a business or other location, you may need to dial an outside line before dialling 9-1-1.
  • Calling from a pay phone, dial 9-1-1. This is a free call.
  • Calling from a cellular phone is free. Be prepared to give the exact location of the emergency.
  • A person with hearing loss can call police using T.T.Y access by calling 9-1-1 and pressing the space bar announcer key repeatedly until a response is received.