Hi, thank you for your response. To clarify a few details; the request we made for the police report; involved a $5 fee and was submitted via the Municipal Freedom of Information & Protection of Privacy Act on Tues. May 21st. The following day, the chief of police signed a letter we received in the mail on Friday, May 24th. The letter states:
May 22, 2013
This will acknowledge receipt of your request and application fee for general information pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (our file #2013/0133)
Our Service has 30 days to respond to your request unless other interests, such as third party privacy rights, become an issue, you will be advised accordingly by correspondence about these issues. Please note that your name may be subject to release to any person who is affected by you request.
Chief of Police
Please note the letter does not mention 30 BUISNESS DAYS. We weren't told "That" piece of information until we went to the police station and enquired about it after 30 calendar days.
It has now been 30 BUISNESS DAYS & 42 Calendar Days - and still no response. At the time of the initial request, we were told we'd receive a phone call when it was ready for pick up; probably within a week or so. The very next day, they mail out a letter stating 30 days. After 35 days, we went to the police station and enquired. At that time, the receptionist at the front desk, went into the office of the woman in charge of such requests (while we waited at the front) - and when she returned, she said, "It's actually 30 BUISNESS days."
In my opinion, that's quite a refined detail to just omit from the letter the police chief mailed out to us; if it's in fact; true. It makes me wonder if the chief is even aware of the "correction" of "Business" Days; they've made.
It also seems very strange to me; that anything would ever take the ENTIRE allotted time - right down to the very last minute. Regardless, I'm just wondering what I can say (or do) within the guidelines of the law; if I'm once again turned away when I go up to the police station today. I have a feeling that will be the outcome as this entire thing has felt 'odd' and a little bit 'off' to me since it happened.
Why wouldn't the police want any further details from us; since they were pressing charges? Wouldn't they want "ALL" of the FACTS surrounding the incident? It's not my intention to help the culprit GET AWAY with what he did. However, I believe the punishment/judgement handed out on him should reflect the fact that he DID agree to return the items and clearly had returned to the park (as he'd promised us) in order to follow through with his intention. Certainly, it doesn't excuse his actions in any way, however that has to account for "something."
It seems highly UNLIKELY that when this person attends court on this charge, he won't be able to even use that piece of his good intentions to help lesson his charge; without our statement to verify it. The police made it extremely evident that they were not interested in hearing anything more from us. They shoved our items at us and that was that. I'm almost certain they had an 'unrelated' personal vendetta with this guy; which caused them to behave in such a way.
You mentioned that the person's name would be protected from the report if he is under the age of 18. While I'm aware of that fact, what I don't understand is - What if they CLAIM (to me) that he "IS" under the age of 18, even if he isn't? How would I ever know for sure; whether or not they are lying?
On a side note; I was an eye witness to a crime a couple of years back and I attended court as such. During the trial, I witnessed 2 different local police officers take the stand, swear on the bible and then flat out LIE to the judge! Call me naïve but I had no idea such a thing could possibly happen! To this day, it horrifies me when I think about it and unfortunately it has caused an unfair dis-trust for officers in me. I know that not all police are like this... but when I see suspicious things happening around me (like this incident with odd behaviour from the arresting officers, and delays & modifications made to waiting periods that were originally given by the police chief, etc.); I can't help but wonder if I'm being "fed" a few lines here and there; if they think I'm uneducated or perhaps gullible enough to just swallow the fabrications they're offering. What can I "SAY" today, if and when they still refuse the report I paid for; that will show them that I've done some research and know my rights within this matter?