Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority

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University of Toronto Press, 1994 - Political Science - 355 pages
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The television spectacles of Oka and the Rodney King affair served to focus public disaffection with the police, a disaffection that has been growing for several years. In Canada, confidence in the police is at an all-time low. At the same time crime rates continue to rise. Canada now has the dubious distinction of having the second highest crime rate in the Western world.

How did this state of affairs come about? What do we want from our police? How do we achieve policing that is consistent with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms? The essays in this volume set out to explore these questions. In their introduction, the editors point out that constitutional order is tied to the exercise of power by law enforcement agencies, and that if relations between the police and civil society continue to erode, the exercise of force will rise - a dangerous prospect for democratic societies.

 

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Contents

The Canadian Municipal Police
24
The RCMP and the Evolution of Provincial Policing
44
Citizens Rights and Police Powers
59
Policing under the Charter
75
The Challenge of Change
121
An Assessment of Strategies of Recruiting VisibleMinority
138
Police and Politics
167
The Police and Political Science in Canada
184
There and Back and There Again?
209
Police Accountability in Crisis Situations
243
From the Belly of the Whale
309
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DAVID SCHNEIDERMAN is Executive Director, Centre for Constitutional Studies, University of Alberta.

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