Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA PEI) - Legal Information for Youth


Crime and Justice


Crime and Justice

In an emergency, call 911

Police are responsible for investigating crimes, arresting people who may be involved in a crime, helping victims and teaching people about safety.

You should call the police if you or someone else is hurt or in danger or if you see a crime taking place. In an emergency, call 911.

If the police stop you to ask questions about what you have done or what you have seen:

  • Be polite and respectful.
  • Call him or her "officer".
  • Give your name, age and address.

You do not have to answer any other questions and you do not have to make a statement. If you are 12 or older, anything you say to the police could be used as evidence in a criminal investigation.

The police must tell you why you were stopped. If you are 12 or older, the police may arrest you to ask questions, but that does not mean a criminal charge will be laid. They may just want information from you.

The police must also tell you about your right to speak with a lawyer. You must be provided with a phone and privacy to call a lawyer. You also have the right to speak with a trusted adult, like a parent or guardian.