TO SERVE AND PROTECT WHOM? TO SERVE AND PROTECT WHOM? PROXIMITY IN CASES OF POLICE FAILURE TO PROTECT

Erika Chamberlain
unpublished
This article examines the duty of care owed by police to potential victims of crime, focusing specifically on the issue of proximity. The author surveys both Canadian and UK cases in order to examine the factors that potentially give rise to a special relationship in these circumstances, and compares the Canadian courts' more plaintiff-friendly approach to the English courts' persistent refusal to recognize proximity in the relationship between the police and victims of crime. The case law is
more » ... . The case law is then analyzed in order to shed light on the utility and content of the proximity requirement for the duty of care, taking into consideration the factual context, statutory framework, and policy considerations.
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