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Police may charge for employee checks

Police are looking at charging organisations to undertake vetting checks on prospective employees.

This free service has been earmarked to attract a fee, but police are seeking feedback before imposing a charge.

Mike Webb, acting strategy, policy and performance general manager for New Zealand Police, says it is one of the few modern forces that does not have a system to recover some costs.

He says recovering costs for certain services will allow police to focus resources on front-line services and preventing crime.

Any charge will be set at a level that is reasonable and some organisations may be exempt from the charge, he says.

Submissions are open until March 5 and a recommendation will then go to government.