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Tories Would Utilize GPS to Track Sex Offenders

September 7, 2011 1:50 PM | News

Hugh McFadyen (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen pledged Wednesday to create a program that would monitor dangerous sex offenders after they’re released back into the community from incarceration.

Speaking at a park in Waverley Heights, McFadyen said the around-the-block monitoring would be done with GPS-enabled bracelets. The Conservatives also pledged increased support to the Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) units in Manitoba if elected.

“If the police have no choice but to release these often dangerous offenders, shouldn’t we use all of the tools we have in order to keep track of them?” McFadyen said. “GPS technology has been around for years. Greg Selinger and the NDP have been sitting on the results of a ‘study’ for nearly a year. It’s time to stop dithering and get this moving. Manitoba families deserve action, not delay.”

The Conservatives would also provide the Winnipeg Police Service and RCMP ICE units $1.2 million annually to hire additional officers and forensic technicians.