Our Provincial Communications Centres are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and respond to both emergency and non-emergency service requests. Many minor events may be reported online. The OPP is dedicated to its members' health and safety. All officers are required by law to attend training programs that include first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Officers are also trained in use of weapons including Tasers.
MTO expanded access to the IVP database in the spring of 2011 so that Ontario law enforcement authorities could check insurance. Police officers may now validate their obligatory insurance coverage directly from their cars. If they do not have current proof of insurance, they will be required to appear in court.
Police are also allowed to check the status of driver's licenses and identification cards. If a license or ID is found to be invalid (such as after it has been revoked), the officer can refuse to give you a new one. If your license is suspended, there may be additional requirements such as providing proof of financial responsibility. The officer can also require you to undergo a driving assessment if you are deemed incapable of operating a motor vehicle.
If you fail the assessment, you cannot get your license back until it is passed.
Officers are required by law to carry valid proof of insurance at all times. If they do not, they could be subject to a fine.
In Quebec, all drivers must have personal auto insurance, which includes liability coverage of $5,000 per person and $10,000 per incident for accidents that occur in the province. In addition, every licensed driver is required by law to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage.
The Toronto Police Services Board is an organization that provides police services in Toronto. It does so by appointing a board president and vice-president who are responsible for setting policy, funding operations, and managing staff. The board meets once per month.
The board was created by statute in 1974. Prior to this time, the police department was run directly by the mayor. The first board consisted of five members: the mayor, deputy mayor, city treasurer, chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court, and a citizen representative. In 1976, this last position was replaced by an elected official. Currently, there are 14 positions on the board, including the mayor and deputy mayor, who are elected at large. The other officers are appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
All members of the board are volunteers. They are not paid for their work and cannot be removed from their positions for incompetence. However, they can be removed for cause such as misconduct or neglect of duty. This would include cases where they fail to perform their duties as set out in state law or the police service agreement between the board and the chief superintendent of police.
Dial 9-1-1 in an emergency, such as a life-threatening crisis or a crime in progress. This number will connect you to police, fire, or ambulance services. If you dial 9-1-1 by mistake, please stay on the line and notify us; otherwise, we will have to follow up with you, which will use police resources.
Mississauga's phone numbers are 905-829-1000. We're available 24/7 at Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is an anonymous community-based program that brings people together who want to help solve crimes. All calls are confidential. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could receive a cash reward of up to $5,000.
People call in tips about crimes in progress, missing persons, swamis, fugitives, parties involved in homicides, suicides, accidents, etc. You name it! There's something for everyone at Crime Stoppers. Please join us in making Mississauga a safer place to live!
Police officers are held accountable to the public and are overseen by municipal, provincial, and federal governments. The Office of the Independent Police Review Director holds all police services in Ontario responsible to the public (OIPRD). The office's role is to investigate complaints against officers and make recommendations to the Chief Coroner or District Attorney if necessary. Officers can also be disciplined by their employers through suspension and dismissal.
In British Columbia, the chief coroner is responsible for investigating deaths that may have been caused by police officers. The B.C. Coroners' Service reports its findings to the provincial government, which decides whether charges should be laid against the officer(s) involved. If so, the service conducts the investigation and presents the case to a grand jury. Officers are considered innocent until proven guilty in court. In 2001, the BC Coroners' Service concluded that the death of John William Dzieza was a homicide due to excessive force. No criminal charges were ever filed against the officer who killed him. The service's report noted that there were "no reasonable grounds" to believe the officer intended to cause harm.
In Quebec, police officers are given authority to use physical force while performing their duties. This authority comes from several sources including the police act, other laws such as those pertaining to self-defense, and even through custom.
The provinces are responsible for public police under the Constitution. Only Ontario, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador have their own police forces. The RCMP offers policing services to communities that do not have municipal police forces in all other provinces and territories.
While statistics demonstrate that China has been quite effective in preserving peace and a criminal-free society, the Crime Index for Country 2015 study puts China 74th in the world, while the United States ranks 45th. A policy known as "Grid Management" plays a crucial role in sustaining public order.