The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA), which came into effect in British Columbia in 1993, provides specific information and privacy rights regarding information that is collected or controlled by public bodies in B.C. All requests under the Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act for access to Saanich Police records must be made through the Saanich Police Information & Privacy Coordinator.
The Act essentially gives an applicant the right to access information held by a public body as it pertains to the person applying for the information. Remember, in the absence of either written consent or a Court Order, the Saanich Police cannot release information personal to any other individuals.
The application process is quite simple and the form is easy to complete. You can either print off a copy of the APPLICATION FOR DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION (PDF 19KB) or an application form is available at the Front Desk of the Saanich Police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Complete the form and bring it to the Saanich Police in person. At least one piece of identification must be shown at the time of submission. Requests will NOT be accepted by phone or email. Out of town requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of photo identification with current address.
If you have any questions about making a request for access to police records contact the Information & Privacy clerk at 250-475-4306, Monday to Friday, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Most general questions about the Freedom of Information Act and the Protection of Privacy Act can be answered on the website of the Office of the Information & Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia.
For a quick overview read FOI Made Easy