The Public Disclosure Committee is made up of people representing a broad spectrum of the community. They include members of the:
- senior police officers;
- members of the legal profession;
- people who work with victims of crime; and
- those who work with traditional First Nations healing approaches.
The public disclosure process works by police bringing applications forward respecting people who have been convicted of certain scheduled offences and who pose a risk of serious harm to members of a community in Saskatchewan. The scheduled offences include:
- sexual offences against children;
- sexual assaults;
- other sexual offences like bestiality and indecent acts;
- procuring children into prostitution;
- serious personal injury offences like robbery;
- aggravated assault and kidnapping; and
- trafficking in controlled drugs and substances.
How and when information is disclosed
The Committee can only recommend disclosure when the individual poses a significant risk of serious harm to other persons. The disclosure will assist in avoiding the risk posed by the individual, and the public interest in the disclosure outweighs the privacy interests of the individual. If the release of information is recommended, the Committee will also recommend what information should be released, how it should be released, and to whom.
Decisions of the Committee are carefully considered and based on review of information prescribed by the Act. This information includes risk assessments, criminal records, likely destinations for the individual, descriptions of the offences committed, and reasons the individual is believed to pose a significant risk of harm to others.
Individuals who are the subject of an application to the Public Disclosure Committee are advised in advance that an application has been made, and are afforded the opportunity to make submissions to the Committee in writing or on audio or video tape.
The advice given by the Committee does not bind the police agency making the request.