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NCJ Number: 157778 Find in a Library
Title: Citizens' Rights and Police Powers (From Police Powers in Canada: The Evolution and Practice of Authority, P 59-74, 1994, R. C. Macleod and David Schneiderman, eds. - See NCJ-157774)
Author(s): R A Shiner
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This discusses focuses on the need for Canadian policy makers to balance more effectively police powers with citizens' rights.
Abstract: The author views citizens' rights, such as those embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, to be a determination of general human rights to a part of fundamental criminal justice. In Canada, a liberal democratic society, the powers of the police to achieve the ends for which the institution was designed, are limited by law, although these limitations are often viewed by the police and their supporters as undue interference with their law enforcement responsibilities. This essay focuses on the metaphor of the need to balance police powers and citizens' constitutional rights, and compares that philosophical metaphor to the reality of police-citizen relations in Canada. 39 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign police
Index Term(s): Canada; Police reform; Police-citizen interactions; Public Opinion of the Police
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