Policing and the charter: there are 67,085 police officers in canada. In 2009 there were 12,805 female police officers: an increase of over 5% from 2008, accounting for 19. 1% of all officers, there has been a steady increase of female officers since the early 1970"s. Police costs: canadian governments spent . 4 billion on policing in 2009. per canadian: ontario , quebec , prince edward island , more at federal level then provincial level. Just because you have more police officers doesn"t mean that the crime rate is going to go up and down. Identify criminal offenders and criminal activity and when appropriate, apprehend offenders and participate in subsequent court proceedings. Reduce opportunities for the commission of some crimes through preventive patrol and other measures. Aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm. Identify problems that are potentially serious law enforcement or governmental problems. Create and maintain a feeling of security in the community.