If You Are Arrested
If you are arrested, the following will happen to you (young persons and adults):
- The officers will identify themselves as police officers.
- You will be told that you are under arrest.
- You will be told the reason for the arrest.
- The officer will take physical control of you. This may be as simple as placing a hand on your shoulder.
- The officer will inform you that:
- You have the right to retain and instruct counsel without delay.
- You have the right to telephone any lawyer you wish.
- You have the right to free advice from a Legal Aid lawyer.
- If you are charged with an offence you may apply to the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Plan for legal assistance.
- You will be asked if you understand your rights.
- You will be asked if you wish to call a lawyer.
- You will be searched and should expect to be handcuffed to the rear, for public and officer safety, before being placed in a police vehicle.
- You may be subject to a further search.
- You may be released or taken to a police station, depending on the circumstances.
- If you are taken to the police station, you will talk to the Officer in Charge of the station; who will ask you a series of questions. You may also ask questions of the Officer in Charge.
- At the station, you may be placed in an interview room or a holding cell.
- You may be released by the Officer in Charge, or held to appear before a Justice of the Peace.
- If you are released by the Officer in Charge, the release may be with or without conditions.
- If you are charged with an offence, you may wish to talk with a lawyer. You may apply to the Saskatchewan Legal Aid Plan for legal assistance.
Duties of Police Officers
- Protecting life and preventing injury
- Protecting property
- Preserving the peace
- Preventing crimes and other offences and providing assistance and encouragement to other persons in their prevention
- Assisting victims of crime
- Apprehending criminals and other offenders and others who may lawfully be taken into custody
- Laying charges and participating in prosecutions
- Executing warrants that are to be executed by police officers and performing related duties
- Performing the lawful duties that the chief of police assigns
- Enforcing municipal by-laws
- Completing prescribed training
Police have the legislated authority to arrest persons, to search and to seize property, and they may use reasonable force in the execution of their duties.