Guide to FOIP-Chapter 4

Office of the Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner. Guide to FOIP, Chapter 4, Exemptions from the Right of Access. Updated 8 April 2024. 93 a) Provides a general outline of the structure or programs of a law enforcement agency; or b) Reports, by means of statistical analysis or otherwise, on the degree of success achieved in a law enforcement program. The purpose of this provision is to encourage disclosure of general information about the structure of law enforcement or its programs or reports and statistics about the success of law enforcement programs. Structure in this context means the organization of elements or parts such as corporate structure.347 Programs in this context means a set of related measures or activities with a long-term aim, a planned series of events.348 An example would be the Regina Crime Stoppers Program. Reports and statistics on the success of law enforcement programs should be routinely disclosed whenever possible. Only if the contents of the report could interfere with or harm any of the matters set out in the preceding subsections would information be withheld. This would be done by severing the appropriate parts of the report.349 Examples of statistical law enforcement reports include information on the success of programs such as “Crime Stoppers”, statistics on safety inspections and reports on matters such as reducing car thefts. 347 Garner, Bryan A., 2019. Black’s Law Dictionary, 11th Edition. St. Paul, Minn.: West Group at p. 1721. 348 Pearsall, Judy, Concise Oxford Dictionary, 10th Ed., (Oxford University Press) at p. 1142. 349 Service Alberta, FOIP Guidelines and Practices: 2009 Edition, Chapter 4 at p. 158.