Quote: Originally Posted by scratch
Perhaps a good start, but how long will Harpo sit on it before real justice is done.?
Well Scratch...it's down to which Government officials and Government Agencies are willing to do
the right thing for the Public's safety
vs. covering their own backsides from the sidelines.
thinking specifically of our local Police Force, but not just it exclusively.
It's not in the papers or online yet, but it sounds like the 1/2-way house doesn't want the guy either,
and other government ministers (but not the minister of Corrections, Public Safety, & Policing I believe
so far, but I could be wrong...) are trying to block his release....citing zero ties to the community and
zero support system in a province where he has no family or friends, has never lived in or visited, and
didn't commit his crimes here.... Here's an example of what I'm talking about
Harold David Smeltzer - Update
Posted November 12th, 2008 by Tammy Robert
A quick update on Harold David Smeltzer - the child sex offender who raped little girls - murdering one of them - and is now about to be released on day parole into the community of Regina.
I want to say from the outset that my point is not to promote 'citizen justice'. I simply feel that Harold Smeltzer does not deserve to enjoy freedom ever again - regardless of how well-behaved he decided to be after
he got caught. (See Kimmie's Law ~ Home (external - login to view)
for more information on Smeltzer.)
But it doesn't matter what I want, because he is going to be free very soon. We need to do everything we can do to protect our children which means being constanly vigilant. The stakes are too precious to 'hope' that Smeltzer can control himself. Being informed is key, so here's what I know...
First and most importantly - as of this morning Smeltzer is not yet in Regina.
The Regina Police Service have applied to the Saskatchewan Government's Public Disclosure Committee
(PDC) for approval to release Smeltzer's information to the public - a current photo, physical description and the Regina neighbourhood he'll be living in.
The Ministry of Corrections, Public Safety and Policing are responsible for this committe. The PDC is required to meet once a month, but can organize expedited meetings within 2 - 3 days.
The Regina Police Service can disclose the current info on Smeltzer without the PDC's approval - but if they wait for it they cannot be sued if anything 'happens' to Smeltzer.
The Regina Police Service feel that since Smeltzer has not yet arrived in the Regina community, they have the time to go through the PDC process to minimize risk to their organization. However, if the Committee rejects their application, and they still feel strongly that Smeltzer poses a high risk to the community, the Regina Police can and will release the info.
When will the Regina Police Service have their answer? Only the Public Disclosure Committee knows - RPS confirmed they do not have a deadline for a response, and the Committee confirmed that they are not going to provide one.
As Gormley pointed out this morning, prisoner transfers of this nature can take anywhere from 1 - 3 weeks. The Smeltzer decision came down one week ago today, so the clock is ticking.
The responsibility lies with the provincial government - specifically Corrections, Public Safety and Pollicing to make sure this meeting takes place fast (all the contact details you need for that Ministry here - http://www.gov.sk.ca/ministries-list/
) and we get the answer our kids deserve.
Harold David Smeltzer - Update | News Talk 980 (external - login to view)
Tammy Robert is the Executive Producer of 'The John Gormley Live Show' - listen live every weekday morning from 8.30am - 12.30pm on NewsTalk 650 or NewsTalk 980.