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Police To Continue Simultaneous Release of Info

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December 16, 2011

The Vancouver Police Board and Mayor Gregor Robertson have voted unanimously to continue the police department's (VPD) practice of disclosing classified documents simultaneously to journalists and the public, bucking a June city council's unanimous vote against the practice, reports the Vancouver Courier. One privacy advocate says the decision is a contradiction to the openness of other government agencies and an effort by the VPD to dissuade journalists from making Freedom of Information requests, noting that Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham spoke against the practice last May. The police board says its decision puts public interest above commercial interest and will mean "the public has access to good information in a timely manner."
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