Local Canadian Police agency defends FOI exemption

Putting Saskatchewan's municipal police under freedom of information and privacy legislation would be a pricey proposition for the Regina Police Service, according to its chief.

It would require hiring at least another staff member, and the money is something Chief Troy Hagen says could be better spent elsewhere.

"It wouldn't surprise me if this position certainly would be probably pushing six figures," said Hagen.

Although Hagen hasn't seen Saskatchewan's former privacy commissioner Gary Dickson's recommendations "verbatim," he said the nature of police work doesn't match up with the principles of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act. Continue>>>