The Regina Police Service is awaiting a decision from the Privacy Commissioner to determine whether or not a protocol they have just instituted will have to be scrapped
Earlier this week, Regina police let it be known they would no longer be naming homicide victims except in rare circumstances, but after a discussion between the police chief and mayor, that decision has been reversed pending on a decision by Ron Kruzeniski.
Mayor Michael Fougere says the Privacy Act has been revised thus causing confusion here and across the country about a deceased person’s right to privacy.
“The freedom of information privacy act has been in effect for years, but the police service was exempt, but now they are not.” Fougere said. “It means we have to go over all our policies to make sure we are compliant with those provisions”
Once Kruzeniski makes a decision, the protocol will either once again be in place or the naming of victims will continue.
The decision to not make names public have been met with skepticism by some who say police forces will not be serving the public interest as to what is happening in their community. They also say this sparks a lot of potential miscommunication occurring when it comes to has been killed.