What is Pretext and How is it Used Today?
Public law enforcement agencies use pretext or deception every single day to catch criminals. Working undercover posing as someone they are not, making phone calls to the homes of suspect of criminals, pretending to deliver a package so they can determine if an accused person is at home, so that a warrant can be executed, setting up sting operations where a police officer poses as someone other then a police officer. Public records speak of the RCMP going through a suspect’s garbage, without a warrant, leading to the arrest of criminals. Pretext, deception and trickery are essential tools used in law enforcement. What would happen if pretext, deception and undercover operations became illegal in public law enforcement? Suppose an undercover police officer called the residence of a suspected criminal, pretending he was a friend of a suspect, or perhaps saying he was with a delivery company trying to deliver a parcel? As a result of that pretext, he could perhaps obtain a personal cell p