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  1. Introduction
  2. The case of Jeffrey Roedica: Assessing the advantages
  3. The centre of controversy: Assessing the SIU's credibility
  4. Conclusion
  5. Works cited

The Special Investigations Unit in Ontario was instituted in June of 1990 to protect the rights of the accused in any ongoing police investigation. As a unit that is completely independent of any police service, this program is designed to ensure that the civil and human rights of any individual accused of a crime are protected. While this program would initially seem counterproductive in the sense that its tenets are intended to protect the rights of the offender, this paper is designed to examine whether the Special Investigations Unit in Ontario effectively creates a perceived sense of equity, a concept that is extremely crucial within a democratic context. While the legal system is designed to protect the innocent and the victimized, this specialized unit was created to ensure that the pursuit of justice is an equitable endeavor. Using the case of Jeffrey Roedica as an example, this report will examine the advantages and disadvantages of a civilian agency designed to examine the efficiency, productivity and integrity of the police agencies in Ontario.

[...] Tiro on June 1st in The Philippine Reporter, an eyewitness who claimed to have been part of the events that occurred on May 21st, stated that the two policemen who confronted them were wearing plain clothes and did not identify themselves as policemen at any point during the altercation: They never identified themselves as cops. We thought they were relatives of the other gang who wanted to hurt us. While doing so, the driver cop shot Jeffrey. I was shocked and so was the other cop who was unable to move. [...]


[...] Therefore, the majority of society's experience with the police is a derivative of our daily, (and often indirect), encounters with them. More specifically, the simple act of seeing a police cruiser driving down the street reinforces the idea that there is a police presence and there are consequences for certain behaviors. Yet Bayley raises an interesting argument that raises more questions, for if the police work to ?police' society, then who ?polices' the police? In order to ensure that the police do no abuse their authority, there [...]

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