Sunday, December 30, 2012

No Public Access to Canadian Sex Offender Registry

What good does a national sex offender registry if the public does NOT have access to it?  

National Sex Offender Registry


Sex Offender Information Registration Act

In partnership with the provinces and territories, the Government of Canada created a National Sex Offender Registry to provide rapid access by police to current vital information about convicted sex offenders.

The Sex Offender Information Registration Act [SOIRA] was proclaimed as law and came into force on December 15, 2004.

Ensuring Public Safety
The National Sex Offender Registry enhances public safety by assisting in the investigation of crimes of a sexual nature and identifying possible suspects known to reside near to the offence site. An officer is able to request a search for registered sex offenders living in the area.

Depending on jurisdiction, police agencies may access the NSOR database directly or through their provincial or territorial registration Sex Offender Registry Centre. Information such as addresses and telephone numbers, offence, alias(es), identifying marks and tattoos of convicted sex offenders are included in the national database.

The public does not have access to the National Sex Offender Registry. It is a database that provides Canadian police services with important information that will improve their ability to investigate crimes of a sexual nature.

There are penalties (e.g. fines, imprisonment) for offenders who fail to comply with a registration order or for not giving truthful information.

The RCMP is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the database. Police services across Canada are responsible for inputting the data and enforcing the registration provisions.

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