The names of anyone who is murdered in Regina will continue to be released to the public — at least for the time being.
Regina Police Service (RPS) reversed its decision not to name murder victims after hearing from Justice Minister Don Morgan, who doesn’t believe it’s in the public interest to withhold the names.
Morgan spoke with the city’s mayor and police chief and now wants to learn more from the privacy commissioner.
“We have one of the best privacy commissioners in Canada and I would certainly like to now sit down and work through some things with him,” Morgan said.
While there will be limited cases where it is appropriate not to name someone, Morgan maintained it is in the public interest.
According to Morgan, naming a murder victim, particularly someone who may be a victim of domestic violence, shines a spotlight on how and why such crimes occur.
“People will empathize and they will understand it, but part of it is maintaining integrity and confidence in the police and judicial system in a broader sense,” Morgan said.
The decisions by the RPS was made on the basis of the Local Authority Freedom of Information and Privacy Regulations which came into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
Morgan maintains the original purpose was to allow the public easier access to their records and for greater public information, but he didn’t intend for it to include the names of murder victims.