Do police have to identify themselves in Canada?

If a police officer is in plain clothes, they must tell you they are a police officer before trying to arrest, detain, or search you.

If a police officer is uniformed, they do not have to tell you they are an officer, but if you ask, they must provide their name and badge number.

Police usually have to identify themselves before entering your home or private property.

  Comments: 3


  1. What if they are in an unmarked car, it’s dark, no emergency equipment on, and you can’t see the uniform because they are shinning a flash light in your eyes. Can you just drive away to a well lit area?


  2. Is any of this concerning police identification covered by the Charter or the Constitution?


  3. If I ask an officer for his badge number and he refuses, what can I do to try and find him to file a complaint?