Justice and Public Safety
August 26, 2019 

Request for Proposals Issued for Electronic Monitoring Program

The Department of Justice and Public Safety is inviting proposals for a vendor to supply a device that uses a global positioning system and a radio frequency option for the monitoring of offenders through the electronic monitoring program.

Electronic monitoring is a surveillance tool that enhances monitoring of offenders serving community and custody based sentences. Enhancing supervision using electronic monitoring would allow an offender to be tracked 24/7 with high priority breaches resulting in police dispatch. In addition, exclusion zones specific to the offender can be programmed to ensure they are compliant to no-contact candidates. Exclusion zones could include the survivors’ residence, work, children’s school etc. Conversely, electronic monitoring also allows offenders to continue to work and support their families, and be contributing members of society.

Adult Probation Officers will be responsible for overseeing offenders in the electronic monitoring program by using software to customize offender schedules, geo-fencing, and notification alert protocols.

Budget 2019 – Building Towards a Brighter Future, provided $254,000 for the electronic monitoring pilot program to help lower levels of recidivism and improve safety for victims, staff and the public. The program is scheduled to be implemented in the fall.

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“Our government continues to develop initiatives that directly target violent behavior and fight the social normalization of violence in our communities. We have heard from stakeholders that reintroducing electronic monitoring would be an effective alternative to incarceration. The program will enhance public, and more importantly victim safety, increasing accountability of offenders in the community while decreasing costs of housing offenders.”
Honourable Andrew Parsons
Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General

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2019 08 26                                                     2:50 p.m.