Legal issues for teachers and students with background information and teaching resources.
Police forces - whether they be municipal, RCMP or tribal - are not above the law; they live by the same laws that they are responsible for upholding. This oversight ensures that police officers, as well as their departments, do not take advantage of their positions of power. It also maintains public confidence in the police.
This issue's Backgrounder answers many questions related to police oversight, details recent events that have highlighted the need for this oversight, details what happens when complaint is submitted regarding police conduct, and provides numerous helpful links. The Teaching Resources include discussion topics and a group activity.