Police Use of Force in Canada
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The paper reviews the history of policing and law enforcement in Canada and describes how an officer's perception of the situation affects his decision to use force. The paper looks at the types of force used by Canadian police authorities, addresses the controversy surrounding the use of force and identifies the National Use-of-Force Framework for Police Officers in Canada that covers six key principles and provides a "best practice" framework for police. The paper concludes that despite controversy, the provision to use force is founded on law, and, taking away this vital police function will render police unable to protect Canadian citizens and society.
From the Paper:"Police and police forces all over the world have the unenviable task of maintaining peace and order and ensuring that laws are adhered to by those under the jurisdiction of the law enforcement body. The duties and responsibilities are daunting because the scope of the job and the area of responsibility are sometimes overwhelming. Some of the situations faced by police forces on a daily basis are not even normal especially with regards to the investigation of criminal acts, capture and prosecution of perpetrators. Consequently, in a society where laws are in place to protect citizens from violence, legal accommodation must be made for police to use reasonable force in the course of their duties (Zanin, 2008). Often, in the exercise of their duties the police will have to use force in order to make an arrest or stop lawbreakers from causing harm, destruction and / or injury to persons and properties. Nonetheless, the use of force at times becomes too severe that the actions of police are questioned and put under the microscope to determine whether the police acted accordingly or justifiably. This situation has plagued any police or police force anywhere in the world and police forces in Canada are no exception."
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