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Civilian Oversight Of Police The Canadian Experience


  • Roxanne HELME

    (Lawyer Member of Victoria County Bar Association, CANADA.)


The presentation will be a general overview of the framework of civilian oversight of municipal police forces in Canada. After a brief discussion of the history of the modern day police force, the three branches of civilian oversight will be described and discussed: Police Boards (governance), Office of Police Complaints Commissioner (complaints against police) and Independent Investigation Office (criminal investigation of police). Each branch of oversight will be discussed in the context of a specific case study. The consistent theme will be Sir Robert Peel’s vision that “we are the police; the police are us” and demonstrating why this theme is essential to the success of modern society as well as policing itself.

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  • Roxanne HELME, 2015. "Civilian Oversight Of Police The Canadian Experience," Curentul Juridic, The Juridical Current, Le Courant Juridique, Petru Maior University, Faculty of Economics Law and Administrative Sciences and Pro Iure Foundation, vol. 60, pages 13-18, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:pmu:cjurid:v:60:y:2015:p:13-18

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