Williams Lake City Council passed a motion yesterday that seeks to have prolific offenders injected with a GPS tracking device.
The motion was brought forward by Councillor Scott Nelson, and was passed unanimously.
Walt Cobb, the Mayor of Williams Lake, says the motion will need to go through a few steps, but the ultimate hope is that a provincial or federal bill will result.
He also has strong words for those who say the motion is unconstitutional, saying current laws only protect the criminal.
Adding it’s “a cop out” to those who argue it’s social or societal issues that lead to criminal activity.
He says his community has been facing a number of criminal issues with prolific offenders.
Cobb says rather than an injection, something similar to a GPS ankle bracelet would also be acceptable, but he says injecting a GPS tracking device or having a form of tattoo means the person won’t be able to remove the tracker.
He says the technology is already available with GPS tracking devices for animals.