During the night-shift of May 21st, two individuals were arrested for breaching court conditions. One 26-year-old was alleged to be in breach of his conditions while another 34-year-old male was alleged to be in possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with resisting arrest. These charges both came out of police members conducting checks on those under conditions.
"We now actively make it a point of going out and checking whenever time permits, on individuals who are released on conditions," Police Chief, Paul Ladouceur. "Oftentimes, due to scheduling, and getting busy in other areas of policing, we don't find ourselves keeping up as diligently as we should in relation to checking these people that are released on conditions."
"When the court releases somebody, those conditions are put in place for a reason and obviously they're expected to abide by them. We have taken the approach of moving forward, we will be putting heavy emphasis on checking people's conditions when they're released to ensure that they are abiding by those conditions. If they're not, they'll be arrested and charged and brought back before the courts."
"The problem is oftentimes when we see people breaching, they're not just breaching one condition, they're beaching multiple conditions or they're contravening other areas of the law as well."
"You have to keep in mind that often if you have a complete disregard for the courts, chances are they're not overly compelled to comply with other laws as well. This is the reason we are actively checking on these conditions."
He added that there can be a number of conditions placed on individuals from not consuming alcohol, to not communicating with certain people to not possess firearms.
"The courts put these on for good reason as to keep the community safe and to ensure that there's no repetition of the offences that they were alleged to have committed. When individuals go out and blatantly breach these conditions, they should be brought back to the courts."
Ladouceur adds that we can expect to see more people being charged with breaching conditions.
"We want to send a strong message out there that if people are released on conditions, they better be abiding by them and if not they're going to be brought back before the courts. This is a small community, it's very easy for police to attend to someone's residence to check on them. If you're placed on conditions, the common sense approach is to abide by the conditions and there won't be any issues."