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NCJ Number: 157775 Find in a Library
Title: Traditional Common Law Constable, 1235-1829: From Bracton to the Fieldings to Canada (From Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority, P 3-23, 1994, R.C. Macleod and David Schneiderman, eds. - See NCJ-157774)
Author(s): D J Guth
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 21
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Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This essay surveys primary evidence to trace the historical identity of the constable in Canada.
Abstract: The essay attempts to locate basic themes in the constable's historical identity that offer standards against which to measure what the constable's identity in present-day Canada might be. The essay covers the period from medieval times to the mid-18th Century, discusses how the role of the constable was transplanted from England to Canada, and places the discussion in the context of English common law. The author concludes that the constable in Canada today bears little resemblance to the community-, crown-, civilian-, and court-based character of the constable of earlier years. 48 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Canada; Constables; History of policing
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