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Police in Saskatchewan busy dealing with freedom of information requests

REGINA — A move in Saskatchewan to include municipal police forces in the province’s Freedom of Information Act has resulted in a stream of requests, police in Regina say.

January 16, 2018  By The Canadian Press

Jo Baumgartner, executive director of corporate services with the Regina Police Service, says there’s been in excess of a request per day since the change took effect Jan. 1.

So far, only one new staff member has been hired to take on the requests and Baumgartner says some of them are very resource-intensive to deal with.

Police say individuals are only able to access portions of the case files that include their information.

To make a request, people need to provide their name, address, phone number or email address, along with a $20 application fee.

Police have 30 days to provide a response.

Richelle Dubois, whose 14-year-old son Haven was found dead in an east Regina creek in May 2015, said she plans to request more information about the case.

“We were wanting to see how we go about getting the file that was sent from the (Regina Police Service) to the coroner,” Dubois told CTV. “That’s the file — we’ve been asking for that from the very beginning.”

A coroner’s report said Haven’s death was accidental but Dubois still has questions.

She said she plans to have the request filed by Friday.

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