According to Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Gary Dickson’s investigation report released on Wednesday, the City of Moose Jaw has been found to have exceeded its legal authority when including the salaries of Moose Jaw Police Service employees in the annual public accounts.
The issue, according to the commissioner’s media release, is Saskatchewan’s access and privacy law does not apply to a municipal police commission or a municipal police service.
Dickson recommends the Legislative Assembly remedy the issue by treating municipal police services the same way as all other public bodies in Saskatchewan. If police were subject to the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, then salary information could routinely be made public.
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