This course is the first of two courses designed to take a learner from the definition of law and its governing bodies through to the elements and procedures of law enforcement within a park environment. Topics covered: introduction to law; code and statue offenses common to BC Parks; authorities and powers; and duties and responsibilities.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Module 1 - Introduction to Law
Define common, statute, case, criminal and civil law.
Explain the hierarchy of the Court System in BC.
Explain the impact that the Charter of Rights has had on the court system in BC.
Explain the differences between Federal and Provincial laws.
Describe the elements of a Criminal Code offence.
List the elements necessary to obtain a conviction for a Criminal Code offence.
Discuss the evidence required to prove a Criminal Code offence.
Module 2 - Code and Statute Offences Common to BC Parks
List the key elements of the offences listed below:
Causing a disturbance
Theft under $1000
Driving without a license
Consuming liquor in a public place
Describe the evidence necessary to prove, in court, the points or elements for the above offences.
Module 3 - Authorities and Power
Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under the Criminal Code and Federal statutes.
Describe the powers of arrest available to a Park Official under Provincial statutes.
Describe the special authorities available to Park Officials and the responsibilities that accompany those authorities.
Module 4 - Duties and Responsibilities
List five legal duties of a Park Ranger under Federal and Provincial statutes.
Complete a violation ticket as required by a Provincial statute.
Effective as of Fall 2003
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