Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy

What kind of information can I request?

You have the right to request any record in the custody or control of Bridgewater Police Service.

How do I make a request?

The first step is to contact the Bridgewater Police Service. If you are told that the information is not routinely available, then you should proceed to file a FOIPOP request.

Is there a fee to process my request?

There is a $5 application fee for access to general records. There is no charge for applications for personal information or correction of personal information.

How long does a request take?

Bridgewater Police Serviceis required to respond to your request within 30 days as outline in legislation. If additional time is required to process your request an extension may be given. Bridgewater Police Service will advise the applicant when the response can be expected.

What is personal information?

Personal information is recorded information on an identifiable individual including:

  • the individual's name, address or telephone number;
  • the individual's race, national or ethnic origin, colour, or religious or political beliefs or associations;
  • the individual's age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status or family status;
  • an identifying number, symbol or other particular assigned to the individual;
  • the individual's fingerprints, blood type or inheritable characteristics;
  • information about the individual's health-care history, including a physical or mental disability;
  • information about the individual's educational, financial, criminal or employment history;
  • anyone else's opinions about the individual; and
  • the individual's personal views or opinions, except if they are about someone else.

Is my personal information protected?

The legislation protects personal privacy by restricting the collection, use and disclosure of personal information.

What if I am denied information?

Bridgewater Police Service will provide you with reasons if you are denied access to information. If you are not satisfied with these reasons, you may request a review. A review must be requested within 60 days of notification.

What are the acceptable reasons to request a review?

A review can be requested if:

  • your request for access is either fully or partially denied;
  • you are told the records do not exist and you do not agree;
  • you do not agree with estimate of fees;
  • you did not receive a response to your application;
  • you do not agree with the extension of the 30-day response period;
  • your request to correct personal information has been denied; or
  • you are a third party to an application and you do not agree with the decision of the Municipality to release your personal information or information that you may have an interest in.

Who is the Review Officer?

The Review Officer is an independent ombudsman appointed by the Governor in Council. The Review Officer's role is to review decisions of public bodies when people are not satisfied with the response they have received from the public bodies.

For more information visit Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Nova Scotia

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