Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Hon Christian Porter BA(Hons) BEc LLB(UWA) MSc(Dist)(LSE) MLA

Former Treasurer; Attorney General

    State Budget 2012-13: GPS tracking for dangerous sex offenders

    29/04/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Satellite technology to track dangerous sex offenders
    • GPS device a boost for community protection

    Dangerous sex offenders will be tracked using satellite technology after $6million was allocated to the initiative in the 2012-13 State Budget by the State Government as part of its focus on increasing community safety.

     

    Announced today by Corrective Services Minister Terry Redman and Attorney General Christian Porter, the initiative is a first for Western Australia.

     

    Mr Redman said GPS technology allowed an offender’s exact whereabouts to be tracked via satellite, operating similarly to other GPS navigation devices.

     

    “GPS tracking will enable authorities to pinpoint the location of an offender at any given time and respond to any breaches,” he said.

     

    “The offender wears a device on either the ankle or wrist and his or her movements can be tracked by a monitoring unit installed at the Department of Corrective Services.”

     

    The Minister said an alarm was activated if the offender entered an ‘exclusion zone’ or tried to tamper with the device.

     

    Mr Redman said the only similar technology currently available to the Department of Corrective Services was radio frequency equipment, which monitored a small number of offenders on curfew requirements and home detention bail, but was not able to track their movements.

     

    Mr Porter said the GPS technology was a significant milestone in the Government’s commitment to protect the public.

     

    “It will enhance the way these high-risk offenders are managed and supervised,” the Attorney General said.

     

    “The devices will provide a reliable tool to ensure sex offenders released back into the community are properly monitored.”

     

    The technology could initially be fitted to the 16 offenders who are currently subject to the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act 2006.  Selection of the type of equipment to be used will be subject to normal tender processes.

     

    Once implemented, GPS tracking will be reviewed to assess its effectiveness, and its potential expansion to monitor other high-risk offenders, such as arsonists.

     

          Fact File

    • Funding for GPS tracking is part of unprecedented spending on corrective services initiatives by the Liberal-National Government since 2008
    • This includes $655m to add more than 2,500 beds to the prison system by 2015; $43.9m on Regional Youth Justice Services; and $29m on new prisoner work camps

    Corrective Services Minister’s office - 6552 6700

    Attorney General’s office - 6552 5600