Peace officer

Filed Under: Criminal Law

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


A person exercising authority under the Criminal Code to investigate criminal offences and exercise powers such as arrest. In most instances, a peace officer will be a police officer, but the definition also encompasses others, including, for example, some customs officers, correctional officers, and pilots while an aircraft is in flight. See the definition in section 2 of the Code.


Any police officer, mayor, sheriff, bailiff, and others by virtue of their office.

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