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November 5, 2008
Our group has received the most recent letter from A.Forbes, confirming that the Toronto Police Service can find no more records that respond to my freedom of information request (case number 073075). I have informed Brian Bisson of the IPC that we accept this decision and do not intend to carry on with our appeal.
However we continue to be concerned about some of the issues that we have tried, unsuccessfully, to raise with Fourteen Division in recent years. Since information about the particular examples we gave is unavailable, we would like to discover whether the Toronto Police Service has, perhaps, studied some of those same issues more broadly across the city.
Mr.B.Bisson Mediator Information and Privacy Commissioner Province of Ontario
October 1 2008
Here (attached) are the letters you asked for. CELOS has been trying for some years to do a survey of all police stops at Dufferin Grove Park over a sample period of time (January 2002 to October 2005) to test the commonly-expressed opinion by Fourteen Division police officers that Dufferin Grove is a dangerous park.
On November 30 2007 I sent in my police-FOI request for the obviously missing records from our previous (2005) request. (Obvious because the numbers in the sequence were blank.) I also gave three specific examples of missing records, and asked:
These missing reports make us concerned, that other reports might be missing as well. Can you give us a sense of how complete occurrence reports are supposed to be?
You will note that I did not ask to find out more details about those specific records. I mentioned the examples to illustrate why we wanted to be sure that our statistical inventory was complete, that no records had been omitted without telling us.
June 2 2008
Coordinator, Access and Privacy Section,
Toronto Police Service,
40 College Street
Toronto, M5G 2J3
Re: File Number 073075
Thank you for sending our research group the material we requested under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, file number 073075, and thank you also for waiving part of the research fee. Our group was seeking the missing data for all police occurrence sheets and arrest reports for a previous information request, file number 051925, relating to police activity in Dufferin Grove Park between January 2002 and September 2005.
The data your office sent us were helpful to our inquiry. I enclose the results of our analysis, for your files. However we are concerned that there might be some omissions or incomplete entries in the data we received.
Freedom of Information and
Protection of Privacy Unit,
Toronto Police Service,
40 College Street, fourth Floor,
Toronto M5G 2J3
Re: Access to Information request 051925.
On October 5 2005 your office received my Freedom of Information request, asking to see:
I received 159 pages labeled 001 to 201 from your office, giving me partial access, with two exemptions: