Of­fend­ers track­ing dur­ing out­age queried

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

WEST Aus­tralians were left in the dark when dozens of of­fend­ers, some with se­ri­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing dan­ger­ous sex of­fences, were un­able to be tracked fol­low­ing the re­cent Tel­stra out­age, ac­cord­ing to Op­po­si­tion cor­rec­tive ser­vices spokesman and Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup.

Mr Kirkup claimed it was in­com­pre­hen­si­ble the State Govern­ment did not alert the com­mu­nity to the dan­gers posed by of­fend­ers able to roam the com­mu­nity with­out be­ing able to be tracked.

“If there is a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions out­age and of­fend­ers can­not be tracked, the com­mu­nity needs to be made aware,’’ he said.

“In Par­lia­ment, it was re­vealed 81 of­fend­ers with track­able an­kle bracelets had been dis­con­nected from mon­i­tor­ing as a re­sult of the out­age. “The ques­tion must be asked: why did it take ques­tion­ing in Par­lia­ment for this in­for­ma­tion to be made pub­lic?”

But Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices Min­is­ter Fran Logan said it was ridicu­lous and dan­ger­ous for Mr Kirkup to sug­gest that of­fend­ers should be told how they were be­ing mon­i­tored.

He said the of­fend­ers did not know if the Tel­stra out­age had af­fected their de­vice.

He said the of­fend­ers were con­tin­u­ally tracked by satel­lite, all the lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion was stored and when the Tel­stra out­age was re­solved, all that data im­me­di­ately re­turned to the De­part­ment and showed there were no breaches in the strict con­di­tions.

“The De­part­ment also has a multi-pronged ap­proach to mon­i­tor­ing these of­fend­ers so as soon as it was clear there was an is­sue with the Tel­stra net­work, the De­part­ment quickly put in place its con­tin­gency plans,” Mr Logan said.

“We will not re­veal those plans be­cause of security con­cerns just as we will not tell them how they are be­ing mon­i­tored.”

Zak Kirkup.

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