Criminal Background Checks

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The Jamestown Police Department is authorized by Rhode Island General Laws to conduct the criminal background checks listed in the chart below. If the reason you are seeking a criminal background check is not listed below please visit the RI Attorney General’s website at http://www.riag.ri.gov/BCI/ for further information.

Reason for Background Check

Fee

Timeframe Results Valid

Child / Day Care Employee

No Fee

18 months

Massage Therapist

$35

N/A

Mental Health Employees

$35

18 months

Adoption *

$35

N/A

Foster Care *

No Fee

N/A

Firefighter Employment *

$35

N/A

Medical Marijuana Caregiver

$35

N/A

Medical Marijuana Cultivator

$35

N/A

DCYF Employees *

$35

6 months

School Employees

$35

12 months

Religious Organization Employee or Volunteer

$35

N/A

 In order to obtain a nationwide criminal background check you must provide the following:

  • Completed Application (attached)
  • Conditional Offer of Employment (or other documentation indicating reason for background check)
  • Fee (if applicable)

The results of certain criminal background checks remain valid for a length of time specified by RI General Law (see chart). If, during that timeframe, you wish to have the results of your background check forwarded to another employer you must submit a conditional offer of employment from that employer. No additional fee is necessary.

The results of the criminal background check will be sent directly to the employer/requesting agency. If you provide an email address, a copy will be emailed to you for your records. Most background checks will only notify the requesting agency/employer if a criminal record exists that contains “disqualifying information” as defined by Rhode Island General Laws. In those cases, if a criminal record exists the specific contents of that record are not revealed. Certain background checks require the entire contents of an existing criminal record be released to the requesting agency/employer. Those background check reasons are marked with an asterisk (*) in the above chart.

** JAMESTOWN School Volunteers are required to apply for a background check through the School. Jamestown Police will only process Jamestown School volunteer background checks received directly from the school. If you require a background check to volunteer for a different school system you may make that request in person at the Jamestown Police Department.