Bail reform is top of mind across Canada, including locally.
“I think a lot of police leaders and government leaders in the last few weeks since Dec. 27 and the very unfortunate and sad death of an OPP constable [have] talked about bail reform,“ says North Bay Police Chief Scott Tod.
He says the discussion has been ongoing since federal Bill C-75, which received royal assent in 2019 and amends the Criminal Code, Youth Criminal Justice Act and other acts.
But, this is different.
“The new discussion is talking about how do we strengthen bail reform to prevent dangerous people from being released at all,” Tod says. “Many of the police associations and widely known police leaders have come out and said we need bail reform now.”
He says it’s a local issue too.
“People who have been incarcerated for firearms offences and continue to be released and continue to carry firearms, [which] we have seen in our community recently, really that’s what bail reform is about,” Tod says.
Backed by 40 years of policing experience, he’s suggesting more officers to search 24/7 for dangerous offenders and bail violators, similar to the Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement squad.
Tod also suggests a new system to transport all those arrested on warrants to the court of jurisdiction, with no exceptions.
Involved in many talks last few days on Bail Reform. It’s not easy and won’t solve all problems. I suggest more officers to search 24/7 for dangerous offenders and bail violators. A new system to transport all criminals arrested on warrant to court of jurisdiction. No exceptions
— Scott Tod (@ChiefTod) January 12, 2023