SafeTracks GPS Canada Inc. president was met with city officials, the RCMP and BC Corrections
Jun. 7, 2018 8:00 p.m
Modern GPS tracking anklets have two-way communication which can help offenders make the right decisions, said the president of the company leasing 10 to the City of Williams Lake.
“Let’s say he has to be home on a curfew at seven o’clock, he’s on his way home and he gets a flat tire,” SafeTracks GPS Canada Inc. president Vince Morelli said during a meeting with media Thursday at city hall. “If he doesn’t want to be breached, he can hit the button on the top and it will make a phone call back to our monitoring centre.”
The monitoring centre can communicate with the person wearing the anklet and the person wearing the anklet can communicate back, Morelli added.
During its regular meeting on May 29, city council announced it was signing an agreement with SafeTracks to lease the anklets, with the hope they can be used for monitoring repeat offenders 24 hours a day.
Morelli was in Williams Lake to meet with representatives of City council and staff, the RCMP and BC Corrections to discuss use of the technology.
All of the anklets are water-proof and ocean-approved and weigh about one and a half pounds each.
If the wearer tries to remove it, or goes into a no-go zone, an alarm goes off.
Coun. Scott Nelson said he was interested to learn Thursday there are approximately 22,400 clients under supervision by BC Corrections, however, only 50 people across the province are under the GPS “buddy” tracking system.
“In Williams Lake we have in excess of 850 curfew checks a year, one of the highest in the province, and in excess of 100 clients,” Nelson said. “There is only one person on the buddy system – in 100 Mile House.”
Nelson said there is a significant gap in the opportunity to assist police in Williams Lake and across B.C. and the GPS tracking system would give them another tool.
“When you look at the numbers, you see we have a serious problem,” Nelson added.
Morelli said his company’s GPS tracking monitoring centre provides a map showing where the person wearing the anklet has gone by receiving a GPS point of reference every 15 seconds, which it then maps every minute.
Mayor Walt Cobb said previously it will still be up to judges to decide when sentencing if someone will be required to wear the anklets or not.
Nelson, however, said city council will be pushing for increased use of them.
Thanks to the testimony provided by SafeTracks™ President Vince Morelli, convicted murderer Travis Vader agreed to a guilty plea on charges related to his breach of bail conditions.
Vader was ordered to wear a Safetracks™ GPS Ankle Bracelet as a condition of release while awaiting trial on the murder charges. Vader had fled from his required location after it was clear that he had consumed drugs contrary to his bail conditions and thereafter committed crimes including possession of a stolen vehicle and breaking and entering. Police were able to locate Vader and arrest him, all of which was detailed in Mr. Morelli’s testimony.
“The data doesn’t lie. We were able to provide Law Enforcement with Vader’s exact location for the time in question. GPS technology is an advanced security measure we as Canadians need to take seriously.” – Vince Morelli
Due to SafeTracks™ storing all data in Canada, the company was also able to provide the Crown with information within 48 hours, and SafeTracks™ who was subpoenaed to be a technical witness to the Data, did so successfully. SafeTracks™ is the only GPS Ankle Bracelet company in Canada to maintain a monitoring center and data storage on Canadian soil.
Convicted killer Travis Vader charged with taking drugs, breaching parole during trial
Travis Vader is on trial this week for violating bail conditions, contacting a key witness, break and enter
Travis Vader was back in an Edmonton courtroom Tuesday, charged with a number of offences allegedly committed in May 2016 while he was standing trial for double murder.
Vader is currently serving a life sentence for killing Marie and Lyle McCann.
The St. Albert seniors disappeared on a family camping trip in July 2010. Their bodies have never been found.
On Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Jim Stewart told the provincial court that Vader violated many of the conditions of his bail release during that trial.
The violations include taking illegal drugs, contacting a key prosecution witness, breaking and entering, and possessing stolen property.
High levels of methamphetamine
On Tuesday, the court heard that high levels of methamphetamine were found in the urine sample Vader provided to police officers on May 5, 2016.
Dr. Kenneth Fryatt told the court he looked at the results of Vader’s urine sample and, in his opinion, Vader was using illegal drugs.
He told the court Vader explained the results by saying he was using non-prescription ephedrine, a drug often used for cold symptoms.
Dr. Fryatt told the court that answer didn’t satisfy him.
He said the laboratory has processes in place to eliminate the possibility of any false positives that could show up after using legal drugs.
After Fryatt told Vader about the results of his urine sample, Vader revoked his consent to release those results to the police.
A court order was granted on May 10, 2016 authorizing Fryatt to release the results to the RCMP.
Break and enter, possession of stolen property
That same day, the Crown alleges Vader also breached his bail conditions by not returning to his hotel after court was finished.
RCMP Sgt. Patrick Frey said he got a call on May 10 saying that Vader’s electronic tracking bracelet was not at his hotel.
Frey said he and several other RCMP and Edmonton police officers arrested Vader that evening in a field near Winterburn Road.
He has remained in custody since.
Vader is also charged with an alleged copper wire and truck theft at a west-end industrial park.
The trial on these new charges is scheduled to run until Friday.
Vader’s lawyer, Nate Whitling, declined to say whether or not his client would testify.
Vader is currently appealing his double manslaughter conviction.