Clerical error labels man a criminal
VPD, Vancouver Police Department unveil the first wave of new 2013 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police motorcycles in Vancouver, B.C. on Monday September 9, 2013. Carmine Marinelli/Vancouver 24hours/QMI Agency
Vancouver Police say a clerical error resulted in someone getting the wrong person’s information after trying to apply for a volunteer position at a community policing centre.
In a complaint review, police said the person was rejected for the position and sought their police file through the freedom of information process.
But the name given matched someone else living on the same street — that person had a criminal record — though they have a different date of birth.
“It is appalling to discover that my identity is tied to a criminal unknowingly,” the person wrote in their complaint.
A police report said, “in this situation, only the name and addressed were confirmed, resulting in the wrong person being chosen.”
The errors were corrected last month and police are calling this an isolated incident.