Freedom Of Information and Protection Of Privacy

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 SPD records must be made in writing through the Saanich Police Information & Privacy Coordinator.

The Act 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.

To apply, 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. Applications must be accompanied by at least one piece of identification at the time of submission. Requests CANNOT be accepted by phone.

Applications can be submitted through [email protected] , or in person, or sent by mail to:

Attention: Information and Privacy Coordinator
Saanich Police Department
760 Vernon Ave
Victoria, BC

Applications received by mail, in addition to requiring a photocopy of photo identification with current address, are subject to identification verification. Please provide a valid phone number so that we can contact you.

Requests by email are possible. Please note that emailed requests must have a scanned copy of government issued picture ID attached.

In order to submit a request by email, or for 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

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