Ontario's Police Leaders Support Proposed Changes to Province's Sex Offenders Registry

    TORONTO, Dec. 11 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders strongly support
proposed changes to the province's Sex Offender Registry. The changes would
strengthen an already effective tool that helps police investigate and solve
sex crimes, thus protecting vulnerable children and adults from sexual
    "Our police officers depend on the Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR)
in investigating sex crimes," said Chief Bill Blair, President of the Ontario
Association of Chiefs of Police. "The legislative changes to Christopher's Law
would make the Registry even more effective, allowing police to better track
offenders in the community."
    Chief Blair acknowledged that the issues highlighted by the Provincial
Auditor's Report regarding the OSOR must be taken seriously. He expressed
confidence that the legislative changes will make the registry even more
effective, allowing police to be able to track greater numbers of sex
offenders in the communities we serve.
    "Release into communities of convicted sex offenders is an extremely
emotional issue for our communities," said Chief Blair. "Police services are
often on the front-line of the community's frustrations concerning the release
of sex offenders into a community. The OSOR is a vital tool for us to address
community needs in this area of our work."
    Ontario police services access the OSOR about 400 times daily. Chief
Blair noted that the Registry has a 95 per cent compliance rate, one of the
highest compliance rates of any sex offender registry.
    The OACP has long advocated for effective national and provincial sex
offenders registries as public safety tools.

    Members of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police serve their
communities as the senior police leaders in municipal, regional, provincial,
national, and First Nations police services in Ontario.

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For further information:

For further information: Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and
Communications, T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22, C. (416) 575-1731, E.
jcouto@oacp.on.ca, 40 College Street, 6th Floor, Suite 605, Toronto, ON, M5G

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