A Powerful Blow Against Police Use of Drug Courier Profiles

(2008) 55 Criminal Reports (6th) 379-393

11 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2016 Last revised: 5 Mar 2016

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David M Tanovich

University of Windsor - Faculty of Law


The Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v Brown is an important precedent on the issue of privacy, dog sniffers and the role of the courts in creating new police powers. This comment explores the Court's scrutiny of using drug courier profiles to screen individuals in the "war on drugs." This is significant part of the judgment because of the historical lack of judicial scrutiny of criminal profiling evidence with a few notable exceptions, its widespread use across Canada, its unreliability and the disproportionate impact of the drug courier profile on racialized communities in Canada.

Keywords: Search and Seizure, Racial Profiling, Drug Courier Profile, Canada, Dog Sniffers

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Tanovich, David M, A Powerful Blow Against Police Use of Drug Courier Profiles. (2008) 55 Criminal Reports (6th) 379-393, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2730171

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