Regina Police is looking to release the names of homicide victims in a case-by-case basis.
Chief Evan Bray and Mayor Michael Fougere spoke on the matter at the Board of Police Commissioners meeting Wednesday morning, saying that the next of kin should be and will be the first to know.
Fougere said the province gives the city jurisdiction to release all of the names.
“We don’t typically ask the Ministry of Justice to give us an interpretation, we asked the privacy commissioner, who actually interprets and implements the legislation, that’s the area that we go to and we’ve done that.”
The cause for the province to allow the victims names to be known is over a concern that homicide victims names will always remain anonymous.
Chief Bray said this hopefully won’t change their current practice.
“We typically would want to make sure that the investigation was not going to be hindered by that, in some cases the investigation could be assisted through that release,” Bray said. “But we would always have a discussion, it would be our media section in conjunction with the investigators that were working on the file, and then the determination was made.”
Chief Bray said in the past there have been instances where the victims name was released without the families consent.
“Sometimes for investigative purposes to assist us with the investigation, sometimes the accused has been charged so that name becomes public in the court document anyway.”
Bray also said there are times where the name of the homicide victim is not in the public interest, but did not elaborate on what those instances could be.