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1. To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
2. To recognise always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behaviour, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect.
3. To recognise always that to secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public means also the securing of the willing co-operation of the public in the task of securing observance of laws.
4. To recognise always that the extent to which the co-operation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately the necessity of the use of physical force and compulsion for achieving police objectives.
5. To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour, and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.
6. To use physical force only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient to obtain public co-operation to an extent necessary to secure observance of law or to restore order, and to use only the minimum degree of physical force which is necessary on any particular occasion for achieving a police objective.
7. To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
8. To recognise always the need for strict adherence to police-executive functions, and to refrain from even seeming to usurp the powers of the judiciary of avenging individuals or the State, and of authoritatively judging guilt and punishing the guilty.
9. To recognise always that the test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, and not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with them.
originally posted by: igloo
Canadian police have long been out of control due to their buddy system of protecting each other. Though the good cops far outweigh the bad, there is no safe way for decent cops to report misconduct, so they become complicit. They need to start treating people as human first, criminal last if truly warranted.
This happened to me in Canada.. when I was 23 my car slid into a ditch on New Years Eve. It was completely black ice and I really shouldn't have tried to go to an event in another town but I did and the car went off the road, sapling trees jammed up into the running gear and I was stuck. This was the days before cell phones and I was in a completely dark, forested area with no towns for about 10 minutes drive in any direction. Being minutes to midnight my chances to hitchhike were slim. It was about minus 7 out which is unusually cold for here. I sat in the car freezing and waiting for any lights. Eventually, I cracked a beer to celebrate stupid new year and turned the engine on to get the heater to warm up. Almost an hour later a cop pulled up and wrote me up for drunk driving. Despite having been sober when I went into the ditch I didn't argue as it looks like what it looks like. The cop had made me sit in the front passenger seat of the cop car and do the breathalyzer test which, of course, I failed, then to my horror he said if I gave him a blow job he'd drop the charges! I fn lost it and started to kick him in the head. He kicked me out, locked his doors and called for backup. I was taken to the police station and not a single cop believed my story that night. So I went back sober and tried again but they wouldn't even let me report it. One cop even said the officer in question would never do such a thing. I wrote letters and nothing ever came of it. So, they have created their enemies themselves. I made mistakes that night but they handled it in an unprofessional manner. This incident is minor but had repercussions for years. Canada is not some goody two shoes... it's corrupt as they come. Abuse of power is worldwide and needs stamped out.
Oh and I'm white, which probably gave me the option to say no to that blow job!
originally posted by: Macenroe82
a reply to: myselfaswell
Oh I know policing is a very difficult job.
Especially in Canada.
Our standards for admission to be an officer are much higher than in the USA.
I think if the states had higher standards to be an officer - accompanied with higher incentives of course, policing in the USA would attract a much higher educated sample.
You can't just give Joe blow off the street, all the power a police officer has and expect them to be good at their job.
There has to be continuous education involved.
Look what had to happen in LA in 92.
you can't go busting peoples heads in and not expect reprocussions.
Old school police beat downs are not the way to go anymore.
But there is a balance that needs to utilized.
Cops can't do their jobs if they are afraid of being thrown in jail for arresting a criminal.
originally posted by: MykeNukem
a reply to: Macenroe82
Canada has no problem with racism against Black people.
We have a problem with Racism against Native people.
They have been dealt the worst card.
So, if any protests take place here, and, they want to be honest about racism in Canada, then, they need to address the Native (First Nations) issue first.
Other than that, it's all whining and jumping on the bandwagon...
They should protest in Thunder Bay first...