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Police

There are many reasons that you may have some interactions with the police. Understanding their role in the criminal justice system and the processes that must be followed can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Police are hired by the communities they serve. In Saskatchewan some communities have their own police service, called municipal police. Others communities hire the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP also work throughout the province. All police officers undergo screening and training.

Out in the community police may be in cars, on foot or on bicycles. Police duties include...

  • protecting life and preventing injury
  • protecting property
  • preserving the peace
  • preventing crimes
  • helping victims of crime
  • investigating crime
  • arresting people who have committed a crime
  • charging people who have committed a crime
  • testifying in court

Police Stops & Home Entry

It's important for individuals to understand their rights and obligations when they are stopped by the police or have other interactions with them.

Arrest

If you are arrested by the police it is important to understand both your rights and your obligations.

Searches & Surveillance

The police can lawfully search you or have you under surveillance in a number of situations.

Release after Arrest

If you have been arrested and charged with a crime you will be released until your court appearance unless there are reasons to hold you. The reasons for holding you are set out in the Criminal Code of Canada.

Police Complaints

Independent commissions are in place to receive complaints about municipal police as well as the RCMP and to ensure that the matter is investigated thoroughly and fairly.

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