Information & Privacy Unit
As part of the Support Services Division, the Information and Privacy Unit's mandate is to ensure
Vancouver Police Department compliance with the Freedom of Information
and Protection of Privacy Act and other statutes.
The Act provides two basic rights for members of the public:
- the right to access information in government records
- the right to have personal information protected from
unauthorized collection, use and disclosure
The Act is intended to be an avenue of last resort. It is to
be used when the information is not available through normal access
Submitting a Request
A request to access records under the Act must be made in
writing, and the Vancouver Police Department has a form
requests (PDF). The Information and Privacy Unit does not accept FOI requests or
other correspondence by e-mail or by the Internet.
If you would like to
make a request for records, please write to the following address:
ATTENTION: Information and Privacy Coordinator
Vancouver Police Department
3585 Graveley Street
Canada V5K 5J5
Requests may also be faxed to the Information and Privacy Unit
at (604) 606-2622.
Please make your request as specific as possible. Provide case
numbers, exact dates and addresses and names and numbers of officers
involved if you have this information, so we can do a more accurate
search for the information requested.
If you request personal records about yourself, we will need
to verify your identity to ensure we are giving access to the right
person. You will be asked to produce government issue photo
identification such as a driver's licence or passport. This can be done
either when you submit your request or when picking up our response.
You may also send a photocopy of your picture identification with your
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 person's personal information, we must
delete that information from the record.
If the record you request contains sensitive law enforcement
information that would harm a law enforcement matter if released, we do
not have to provide that part of the requested record.
The Act contains other exemptions that may have to be
considered depending on the nature of the request.
For more information about the Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Act and other statutes, please visit the website of B.C.'s Information &