ORILLIA, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - Police, dignitaries and family members
paid tribute today to the legacy of young Christopher Stephenson and
the ongoing inspiration he provides to the dedicated professionals who
maintain the Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR).
OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis as well as current and retired members who
have built and managed the OSOR welcomed Christopher's parents, Jim and
Anna Stephenson to a gathering recognizing the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Christopher's Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000. The event included the dedication of a plaque in Christopher's honour
at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia and the debut of a new training
video for front-line police officers.
The OSOR was sparked by the brutal 1988 abduction and murder of
11-year-old Christopher Stephenson at the hands of a convicted
pedophile on federal statutory release.
"Inspired by the dedication of Jim and Anna Stephenson and sustained by
the commitment of Ontario's police officers, the Ontario Sex Offender
Registry is an effective tool to help apprehend offenders and protect
the vulnerable in our communities."
- Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
"The dedicated OPP members who administer the Sex Offender Registry have
a special bond with the Stephenson family, whose commitment to public
safety is extraordinary and is gratefully appreciated. Their son's
legacy helps drive our desire to achieve our public safety goals."
- Chris Lewis, Commissioner - Ontario Provincial Police
"Christopher's Law represents a vital step to protect vulnerable people
by providing police with an investigative tool that enhances public
safety and crime prevention. It provides front-line officers with
important information that improves their ability to investigate
sex-related crimes, as well as monitor and locate sex offenders."
- Staff Sgt. Adam Alderson, Manager - Ontario Sex Offender Registry
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
(MCSCS) is responsible for the Ontario Sex Offender Registry program,
which is administered by the OPP. The OPP's role as the administrator
includes overseeing training and management of the OSOR program and
providing municipal and First Nations police services with 24-7
operational support when requested. The OSOR is also responsible for
the Ontario link to the National Sex Offender Registry.
The Ontario Sex Offender Registry has proven to be very effective with
compliance over 97 per cent…one of the highest compliance rates of all
sex offender registries in operation, including registries in the
Ontario Sex Offender Registry and how it works - click here
Christopher's Law - click here
MEDIA NOTE: Media can access an official photo and video clips at this link:
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Staff Sergeant A.A. (Adam) ALDERSON
Manager - Ontario Sex Offender Registry
OPP Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Services
Phone: (705) 329-6275