CFN – Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak was joined by Gary Ellis, Ontario PC candidate for Scarborough-Guildwood to announce his plan to keep Ontario families and children safe by requiring registered sex offenders to wear GPS tracking devices.
While 14,000 registered sex offenders are currently living in Ontario communities, police have no way of tracking the movements of these predators. Hudak said he will protect families by putting GPS tracking on these dangerous offenders, giving police the tools they need to track them and, if needed, react immediately to protect the community.
“If a convicted sex offender or child predator steps foot on a playground or near a school, I want the police to know.”
–Tim Hudak, Ontario PC Leader
“With 14,000 registered sex offenders living in our neighborhoods, families have a right to be kept safe. Using GPS technology to help police track these predators then react immediately if they pose a threat is the right thing to do. Unlike Dalton McGuinty we will not let a sexual predator’s right to privacy trump the rights of families who work hard and play by the rules.”
–Gary Ellis, Ontario PC Candidate, Scarborough – Guildwood
“I am very proud of this initiative as I believe that the first duty of any government is the protection of its most vulnerable citizens; our children. This will go a long way to provide the police with the tools they need to proactively monitor the management of high risk offenders and sexual predators in our communities.”
–Joe Wamback, Co-founder, Canadian Crime Victim Foundation
● Currently, there are over 14,000 names on Ontario’s sex offender registry. At any one time, the police have no idea where they are, or what they are doing.
● GPS technology would allow law enforcement officials to track what street a sexual predator is on and the speed they are going. Police would be able to monitor sex offenders and, if needed, stop them from entering an area where there could be children, like a school or playground.
● Three provinces, the federal government, and more than 40 U.S. States use GPS technology to monitor certain types of offenders.