Making a Request under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
A request to access information under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act must be made in writing. You may use an FOI Request Form or simply send a signed letter.
If you would like to make a request for information, please attend in person or send your request to the following address:
Oak Bay Police Department
1703 Monterey Avenue
Canada V8R 5V6
ATTENTION: Information and Privacy Section
Please make your request as specific as possible. If available, provide case numbers, exact dates and addresses as well as names or numbers of the officers involved. This will assist us in conducting an accurate search for the requested information. Also provide a contact number in the event that we need to ask for further clarification from you. Under the Act, public bodies have 30 business days to respond to your request and in certain circumstances a 30 day business day extension may apply.
If you request personal records about yourself, your identity will have to be verified to ensure that access is being provided to the right person. You will be asked to produce personal identification such as a driver’s licence or a passport. This can be done either when you submit your request or when picking up our response.
Information That Will Not Be Provided
If the record you request contains personal information about someone else, and it would be an unreasonable invasion of that person’s personal privacy to provide that personal information, access to that information will not be granted without written consent or a Court Order.
The Act contains other exemptions that may have to be considered depending on the nature of the request, including exemptions that protect certain types of law enforcement information.
The FOIPP Act provides individuals with access to their own personal information free of charge. Access to other information may be subject to a fee.
If you are not satisfied with the Department’s response to your request you can ask the BC Information and Privacy Commissioner to review the Oak Bay Police Department’s decisions about your request. http://www.oipc.bc.ca