Police and Crime

Police operations are governed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms Act and the Police Act. The resources below may answer your questions about this. Also included here are resources that explain criminal records and pardons, and the criminal justice process for adults and youth.

The resources on this page were hand-picked by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta's team of librarians as a good place to start.

For related information you can see the following sub-sections:


Suggested Resources

Canada/Federal

This online version of a book produced by the John Howard Society of Alberta outlines the pardon application process. It also answers 20 frequently asked questions about pardons.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal records and pardons

LawNow is a bi-monthly digital public legal education magazine which has been  published by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta for almost 40 years. Its articles  and columns are written in plain language and take a practical look at how the law relates to the every day lives of Canadians.In each issue, LawNow’s criminal law column takes a look at a specific topic in this area of law and explains it clearly and concisely.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources

This publication produced by Community Legal Education Ontario uses a question and answer format to describe citizen’s rights when interacting with the police. The information is about federal law; references to community agencies are for Ontario. (PDF – 18 pages)
Related legal topic(s): Arrest, Police

This online resource is from the John Howard Society of Alberta and contains information about; Police Criminal Records Systems, Accessing Criminal Records, Care and Removal of Criminal Records, The Impact of Having a Criminal Record, Youth Records, Accessing Youth Records, Care and Removal of Youth Records, The Impact of Having a Youth Record, Legislation Related to Criminal Records, Glossary and Contact Numbers for Further Information.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal records and pardons

This article from the law firm Pringle Chivers Sparks uses a question and answer format to explain what information you must give to the police and things to consider before speaking with the police about criminal matters.
Related legal topic(s): Arrest, Police

This online publication produced by the John Howard Society of Alberta covers the following topics: Purpose and principles; Legal rights; Extrajudicial measures; Youth justice committees; Conferences; Classification of offences; and Youth Court. Visuals include a flowchart of the case process and a diagram of youth court. Also available as a PDF download.

Related legal topic(s): Youth criminal justice

Alberta Resources

The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service prosecutes offences under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and provincial statutes in all courts in Alberta and is responsible for criminal appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. They do not handle adult drug offences. Their site provides charts of the criminal justice process for adults and for youth and answers common questions about criminal prosecutions.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources

This online resource from Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security describes the structure of police services in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Crime prevention, Police

This online resource from Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security explains the process for making a complaint about police services and the conduct of police officers in the various types of police services operating in Alberta.

Related legal topic(s): Police

This online tutorial created by the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta provides information about the structure of a trial after making a criminal complaint.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Elder abuse, Family violence general resources, Legal process

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