Prolific Offender Investigation Report to be released in mid-September

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Due to extensive public comment and the complexity of the underlying crime issues in communities across the province, experts investigating prolific offenders need a short extension to complete their work.

The investigation is led by Doug LePard, a police and criminal justice expert, and Amanda Butler, a mental health and criminal justice systems expert. LePard and Butler study prolific offenders in British Columbia, a relatively small number of people who repeatedly commit crimes. This issue continues to impact the well-being of local communities and businesses across the province.

An overwhelming number of people have contacted the experts to share their experiences and provide recommendations on prolific offenders, including highly visible crime in city centers and violent unprovoked attacks by strangers. The challenges underlying these issues are complex and require thoughtful analysis and creative solutions.

LePard and Butler’s report will include input from mayors, police, the BC Prosecution Service, health authorities, the Crown Police Liaison Committee Task Force, the Justice Council of BC First Nations and many other stakeholders.

The experts said more time was needed to submit their report, which the government was due to receive by September 2, 2022, in order to effectively consider all comments and make recommendations.

To ensure that the measures can be implemented as soon as possible, the province has agreed to publish the recommendations and a summary in mid-September before the full report. The full report will be available at the end of September.

The province is already taking steps to improve public safety, including through the Crown Police Liaison Committee Task Force and the Gun Violence Prevention Act, which will provide tools additional resources for law enforcement officials to combat the illegal and dangerous use of firearms. The province is developing the regulations necessary to bring this law into force.

The government is committed to working with mayors and all other partners to find ways to improve the safety of all British Columbians, both now and over the long term.

Learn more:

To read the initial announcement on the Prolific Offender Investigation, including investigator biographies and project terms of reference, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022AG0027-000712

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