The head of the Vancouver Police High-Risk Offender Unit says new GPS tracking technology is not without its problems.
Sgt. Mike Linde says the devices have limitations, there are only so many available, and then there are arguments about which offender will get them.
“It is a tool in the tool bag. Electronic monitoring is not going to stop an individual from going out and using drugs. It is just a device that is going to tell us where they are at certain times, and they can only put the device on certain individuals. Those devices also have to be charged, for example.”
And that means having charging stations. Linde adds while GPS tracking is a step forward, there is still a lot of work to keep tabs on high-risk offenders.