Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Legal Services - Police

I guess you would be interested to know about the Police structure. So in Canada, the police are separate from government and from the military.
Ontario has 3 levels of police:

• Local (or municipal) police
• Provincial police: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
• National police: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

Most police forces now use a community policing approach. Community
Policing means that police officers work with residents of each community to prevent crime and to increase safety.

When the police stop you, search you, arrest or detain you, they must follow very strict rules. Police officers must:

• Tell you why they are detaining you.
• Inform you of all of your rights.
• Make sure that you understand your rights.

If you are arrested or charged with an offence, you have the right to a lawyer.

You have the right to choose your lawyer and you have the right to get legal advice in your first language.


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