By David Lea

While the police practice of carding may be controversial in Toronto, Halton Police Chief Stephen Tanner says no one is complaining about it here.!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_620/image.jpg

At Thursday's Halton Regional Police Services Board meeting, Tanner was asked about 'carding'.

The chief said "field contacting" has been in place in Halton for decades and called it an important investigative tool. It involves obtaining the name and contact information of suspicious persons.

"There are many, many times where a police officer encounters an individual in a suspicious type of situation. It's 3 a.m., they are behind an industrial mall. There have been break-ins there recently," said Tanner.

"What is the person doing there? I think the public expects us to investigate that sort of person. There may not be grounds to arrest that person during that situation, but they are certainly a person of interest and by talking to them, police may get some intelligence information that later links someone to a crime."

Tanner emphasized the police service has policies in place to prevent field contacting from becoming an infringement on civil liberties or racial profiling.

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