Is it a “cry of frustration” or a legitimate idea to combat crime?
One B.C. municipality is calling for bold reforms to the way be monitor criminals.
You’ve heard of ankle bracelet GPS monitoring of prolific offenders, but Williams Lake City Councillor Scott Nelson wants to take it a step further.
“This one would be injected, this one goes actually under the skin, so they can’t take it off, they can’t break it off, they can’t put aluminum foil over it.”
Yesterday, the council voted unanimously to “endorse and support GPS tracking on prolific and repeat offenders who are considered risks to their communities and further,” though the motion made no specific mention of the sci-fi sounding technique.
The move comes in the wake of a brazen daylight gunpoint robbery that shocked the community.
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While implanting a microchip could theoretically help police track offenders, the idea won’t be put in place soon.
Michael Vonn of the BC Civil Liberties Association calls it a non-starter.
“We really don’t want to go down this road of saying we are trying to find a technological solution that we are already pretty sure is not going to be viable.”
And in a statement, B.C.’s Solicitor General Mike Morris says it’s not even on the radar.
“I am not familiar with the particular technology that is being referred to. However we have just implemented a new electronic monitoring system that has increased capabilities, such as GPS function, for the courts to apply at their discretion.”
Morris says the province does have a team exploring a community safety pilot project with Williams Lake and local First Nations.