Mississauga, Brampton cops push Trudeau for help keeping violent offenders off the streets
Published February 1, 2023 at 3:33 p.m
Police in Mississauga and Brampton are appealing to keep high-risk violent offenders off the roads as far north as Ottawa.
Peel Region Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah and Peel Police Services Board (PSB) Chairman Ron Chatha have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and submitted a bill to the Ontario Standing Committee on Judicial Policy outlining bail changes and judicial Demanding decisions on the provisional release of violent and chronic offenders.
The request from senior Peel Police officers follows an attempted armed break-in at a Mississauga store last Sunday. Two out of four people have been charged in the incident, which took place at Clarkson and Lakeshore Rds. around 3:00 p.m. Businessmen from the region, had not complied with the bail conditions previously imposed on them.
Duraiappah said after the violent incident that it was preventable and also highlighted the urgent need for bail reform.
In their letter, the police chief and the PSB chairman have called for an immediate reassessment of the public safety considerations of the bail system.
Over the years, they wrote, Peel has seen high-risk violent criminals being released back into the community “who then await trial due to backlogs in the criminal justice system.”
In a news release today (February 1), a Peel police spokesman said that over the years both the force and residents of Mississauga and Brampton “… have witnessed the violent and tragic but preventable consequences of crime committed by repeat offenders.” were committed that flouted the terms of their release.”
Peel Police and PSB say they support amendments to the Criminal Code that “expand reverse-burden offenses to target chronic violent offenders, such as fear of an intimate partner, regardless of the use of force.”
They are also calling on the Ontario Attorney General’s Department to work closely with federal counterparts to ensure policies, guidelines and policies are adequately coordinated to reflect changes in the law.
“Our service firmly believes that public safety considerations need to be given more weight in the assessment of whether to grant or challenge bail,” Peel’s police spokesman said in the press release, adding that it is a complex issue that requires all levels of government and the police to work together to remedy the situation.
Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said earlier Wednesday that he was meeting with the attorney general and provincial attorney general about ways to “support” the bail system. The Canadian Press reports.
Ford and the other prime ministers have called on the federal government to enact bail reform, including creating reverse bail for people charged with certain firearms offenses under the Criminal Code.
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