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NCJ Number: 157774 Find in a Library
Title: Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority
Editor(s): R C Macleod; D Schneiderman
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 374
Sponsoring Agency: University of Toronto Press
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2W8, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8020-7362-X
Sale Source: University of Toronto Press
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The essays in this book identify and contextualize the problems that, together, have precipitated a crisis in Canadian policing.
Abstract: The authors also suggest solutions to the problems in four broad areas. Technological solutions, originating for the most part in the U.S., include sophisticated equipment and techniques including DNA fingerprinting, computer-aided investigations, advanced weapons, and greater numbers of officers. A set of policies referred to as managerial solutions include the recruitment of minorities, improved training, civilian review, and community policing. The principal political solution proposed here involves the potential devolution of responsibility from rural police forces to local aboriginal communities in Canada. Legal solutions, according to the views of the individual author, might include either tougher criminal laws, or legislation constraining police practices. The essays included here are divided into five sections: the history of police powers in Canada, police powers and citizens' rights, police organization and minority representation, police and politics, and case studies of policing in Edmonton and Montreal. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Canada; History of policing; Police reform
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