Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority

Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority

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By R.C. Macleod and David Schneiderman
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 1994
World Rights
356 Pages
Paper
ISBN 9780802073624
Published Aug 1994
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ISBN 9780802028631
Published Aug 1994
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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.

R.C. Macleod is Professor, Department of History, University of Alberta.


David Schneiderman is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.