Lesson 1: Police and the Law

Assessment

Activity 1: Introduction to Police and the Law

This activity has both a discussion and question-answering component. For the discussion, you may wish take note of those who participate and grant them participation marks. Handout 2: What Do Police Officers do? can be turned in for marks once students have completed it. The answer key is located in the content section.

Answer Key: Handout 2: What do Police Officers do?

  1. Police officers can arrest someone if they believe that the person has committed, or is about to commit, an offence, or that the person will fail to attend court.
    TRUE
  2. Police officers do not have to give a Charter warning while arresting someone.
    FALSE
  3. A person has the right to remain silent when being arrested.
    TRUE
  4. A person has the right to contact a lawyer after they have been arrested.
    TRUE
  5. Police officers will arrest anyone they see committing a criminal act.
    FALSE * Sometimes they will give an Appearance Notice without arresting the person, especially for minor offences.
  6. Police officers don’t have to obey the laws because they have to enforce them.
    FALSE
  7. Rather than appearing in person to testify in court, police officers write lengthy reports and submit them as evidence for the court.
    FALSE
  8. Police officers do more than arrest people suspected of committing a crime. They do other things such as educate the public about crime prevention.
    TRUE