Do I need permission to use the name of a police force?

I have short story set in a provincial park in Ontario. The investigating police force would be the OPP - can I refer to OPP, or do I need their permission to use their name?

The OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) would in the same role as a US state police.

Thanks a bunch

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I do it all the time. I also call the RCMP by name and the Toronto police. Three books so far and no one has complained and there are many corrupt officers from all three forces in all the books.

Which park is the story set in?
Phew - thanks, John. All my OPP officers are good guys, so hopefully no one official will complain (or even notice).

The park is fictional, in SW Ontario. It'll be an arm of the Niagara Escarpment.
No--at least in the U.S., the only thing you'd need permission for would be the names/descriptions of real-life individuals, although this varies a great deal from publisher to publisher (some apparently ask for permissions for use of certain place names, etc--businesses and the like--but this seems ridiculous to me).
Thanks, Jon. I know using the names of real life corporations can be dodgy, but a police force belongs to the people.
Thanks, Dan, that makes sense.

If the story is set in a provincial park in Ontario everyone will know the police force is the OPP, whether I name them or not. So they must be used to it.
I think it's fine. I'm doing it with NYPD, MI6, ATF and FBI. I mean, imagine them trying to prove there wasn't any corruption?
Thanks, Doug. Every perspective helps.
If you want, you can run a disclaimer at the end of your story. Like with my stories I write something like "This is a work of fiction and is in no way endorsed by the City of Los Angeles or the Los Angeles Police Department". Although, this looks like an older post, so I'm sure you already wrote it! Hope everything works out for you!

- Bill
I hope not because my detective series takes place in Albany, New York so that's what I say, "Albany Police Department".

Best Wishes!


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