Sex offenders to be tracked by GPS
An electronic monitoring system using global positioning system technology will be tested out by Alberta policing and corrections agencies.
The government announced the research project on Friday.
"The ultimate goal here is to determine if this technology, when used properly, can help keep Alberta communities safe," Minister of Justice and Attorney General Alison Redford said in a news release.
"We need to test the limitations of the technology against the benefit to Albertans."
The $1 million, three-year project will be done in partnership between the province and the University of Calgary.
Sex offenders and others at high risk to re-offend after serving their time in prison will be monitored using GPS-EM technology.
Calgary police already uses a small number of the units, and its high risk offender program will be getting more.
"Unlike standard electronic monitoring, GPS tracks people in real time, by longitude, latitude and even speed. When you can get this real-time information on people proven to be a risk to the community, it gives us another great tool to improve public safety," Chief Rick Hanson said in the release.
There will also be an effort to provide similar opportunities to the Edmonton police high risk unit.
Red Deer RCMP and the Central Alberta Women's Emergency Shelter Society are working with researchers to implement a GPS-EM pilot project to monitor domestic violence offenders who are serving community sentences, according to the province.
Funding for the project is being provided under the Alberta government's Safe Communities initiative.