- 3M to provide GPS monitoring of Dangerous Sex Offenders
The State Government today announced 3M Australia had been awarded the contract for the provision of GPS tracking equipment for dangerous sexual offenders.
3M Australia has experience with GPS monitoring of offenders in Queensland and NSW. They will customise the equipment to specifications provided by the Western Australian Department of Corrective Services (DCS) and provide training to DCS staff in fitting, programming and effectively monitoring the devices. They will also provide ongoing support and maintenance.
Corrective Services Minister Murray Cowper said the State Government announced in May 2012 that $6million would be allocated to GPS tracking of dangerous sex offenders as part of its focus on increasing community safety.
“The addition of this monitoring system will complement the robust regimes and strategies already in place for managing dangerous sexual offenders,” Mr Cowper said.
GPS technology allows an offender’s whereabouts to be tracked via satellite, operating similarly to other GPS navigation devices.
The equipment that will be provided by 3M Australia consists of devices located on an offender’s wrist or ankle.
The device sends a signal via GPS satellite that is relayed to a central monitoring station which will be staffed 24/7 by the department. An alarm is activated if the offender enters an exclusion zone or tries to tamper with the device. Trained DSC electronic monitoring staff will assess the alarm and arrange an appropriate response.
The technology may initially be fitted to offenders in the metropolitan area who are currently subject to the Dangerous Sexual Offenders Act 2006.
Once implemented, the technology will be monitored to assess its effectiveness, and its potential for expansion to monitor other high-risk offenders and dangerous sexual offenders in other geographical areas.
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