When a crime is committed, KRPF police officers must protect the public and determine who committed the crime so that the offender can be prosecuted and brought to justice.
How do the officers go about investigating these crimes?
Crimes in Progress
As soon as the KRPF receive a call that a crime is in progress, officers go to the location as soon as possible.
The officers may be able to immediately deal with the alleged offender. The officers will then evaluate whether or not an arrest and/or detention are necessary and being the alleged offender to the police station if necessary.
leaving the scene of the crime, the police will often take pictures and
seize as evidence any items they think are connected to the crime.
Almost everyone who was at the scene will be invited to give a statement
of their personal observations and take the names and contact
information of any other potential witnesses. Any items that might have
been taken from the crime scene by witnesses are given to police
Unsolved Crimes or Situations that must be Investigated
a crime was not observed in progress or a particularly serious incident
that must be investigated, the KRPF will protect the scene, assign the
case to an investigator and will call upon the Sureté du Québec major
crime unit for assistance.
A team of
investigators will develop a plan and identify a list of paths to
explore. The investigators may collect forensic evidence such as
fingerprints, blood, or saliva found at the scene and sends them to the
forensic laboratory for analysis. They will also speak to witnesses to
try to piece together what happened.
all times, the police officers must respect the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Criminal Code's strict rules
regarding the arrest of a suspect and search and seizure procedures.
This means that generally, if the officers want to search any private
property, they must first obtain a search warrant from a judge which shows that they have reasonable grounds to believe that they will find evidence that will help solve the crime.