Canada: Ottawa agrees to national sex offender registry.
February 14, 2002
MONCTON, N.B. - A sex offender registry will be
included in the main database used by Canadian police
forces, Solicitor General Lawrence MacAulay said
The provinces have been lobbying for a mandatory
registry for more than a year. At a meeting in
Moncton on Wednesday, MacAulay agreed to the
The Canadian Police Information Centre's computer
lists all offenders with a criminal record in the country.
MacAulay said a separate category will be added to
the database for sex offenders.
An offender's identifying marks such as tattoos and
scars will also be included in the files, and eventually
pictures will be added. The information would only be
available to police officers.
Sex offenders who are released from jail will be
required to tell police where they are living. If a child
is abducted then police could quickly carry out a
Ontario set up its own registry last year. The
province's Solicitor General, David Turnbull,
said he's pleased Ottawa changed its mind, and he
expects the national registry will be similar to
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