Winnipeg, Manitoba – Between April 20-April 22, 2021, officers with the Manitoba Integrated High Risk Sex Offender Unit (MIHRSOU), comprised of officers with the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) and the Manitoba RCMP, headed outside Winnipeg city limits to verify that convicted sex offenders were living at the address they had reported to law enforcement.
Six officers, three WPS and three RCMP, conducted 74 addresses verifications with the goal being to confirm that the registered sex offender was living at the address they provided to police. Of those checks, 43 were compliant, 14 had no response and will be followed up, and 17 were found to be non-compliant, which will result in fail to comply investigations under the Criminal Code of Canada.
MIHRSOU investigators are responsible to monitor compliance for all registered sex offenders in the province, not only those who are deemed to be a high risk to re-offend.
“These officers put on a lot of kilometres checking that offenders were residing exactly where they are supposed to. These individuals are required to provide their address because of their criminality and so that they can be monitored pursuant to their court orders,” said S/Sgt Chris Rouire with RCMP Major Crime Services. “The offences they have committed require them to be placed on the National Sex Offender Registry, which can be used to assist the police in investigating or preventing crimes of a sexual nature by including current information related to convicted sex offenders and where they live within a particular geographic area.”
Officers with both the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service remain committed to monitoring sex offenders to ensure they are abiding by their conditions.
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