Thursday, June 1, 2017

Handbook helps new Canadians learn about police and the law - GLOBAL NEWS

by John Himpe
Originally published: May 31, 2017

Being a newcomer to a new land can be tough, with language barriers and cultural differences to adjust to. Even the weather can take its toll. But the Calgary Police Service is hoping a new handbook they’ve released will make it easier for new Canadians to become better acquainted with one part of our society – interacting with law enforcement.

“Often, people haven’t had positive interactions with police officers in their country of origin, which can happen for many reasons,” said Const. Garry Woods, a member of the service’s diversity resource team.

The handbook will cover topics including the rights people have when dealing with police, how to connect with police if help is needed, as well as basic information on driving laws, avoiding fraud and what to do about domestic violence.