National Association of Police Chiefs Calls for Bail Reform After Constable Killing

Domestic law enforcement agencies are working with other law enforcement agencies to call for reform of Canada’s bail policy for violent repeat offenders and offenders who use firearms to break the law.

After the shooting death of Grzegorz Pierzchala, a rookie of the Ontario Police Department (OPP), the Association of Canadian Police Chiefs (CACP) statement On December 30, 2022, call for changes to prevent criminal conduct by offenders on bail.

A 28-year-old constable was killed shortly after 2:30 pm on December 27, 2022, while answering routine phone calls about a vehicle in a ditch near Hagersville, Ontario. Later that day, he completed his 10-month probationary period.

OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said at a press conference on December 29, 2022 that one of the suspects charged with first-degree murder in Pierzchala’s death was a repeat offender who had been released from prison. “I am outraged,” he said. deposit.

The suspect was already banned from possessing a firearm by two court orders in 2016 and 2018. The gun allegedly involved was a handgun with the serial number removed.

The death of Constable Pierrcala was “preventable,” Karik said. “This shouldn’t have happened”

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CAPC’s statement echoes Kalig’s sentiments.

“The tragic deaths of several police officers and the harm inflicted on many other Canadians in recent months calls for greater focus not only on the bail process but also on issues of violence and recidivism. A clear reminder of that.” CAPC statement.

“As we mourn the tragic death of Constable Pierrcala, the limitations of the criminal justice system and its ineffectiveness in managing chronic and frequent offenders are painfully evident.”

According to the National Association of Police Chiefs, police leaders are calling for systemic changes in the judicial system. It added that public officials and law enforcement officials “must be protected from the criminal activity of violent and repeat offenders, especially those charged with firearms-related offenses.”

CAPC said their right to this protection should be “much more important” than it is now when considering bail and sentencing.

“The current situation is frustrating and dangerous for law enforcement officers who are witnessing the very real impact these criminals have on the perceptions and actual public safety of Canadians across the country,” CAPC said. I’m here.

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Ontario Police Constable Grzegorz Pierzchala is shown in this undated handout photo. (Canadian Press/HO, OPP)

preventable crime

The National Association said it will join the Association of Ontario Police Chiefs (OACP) in calling for legislative reform.

OACP is statement On December 29, 2022, it stated that firearms-related crimes are “often committed by individuals with violent criminal records and convictions for firearms crimes.”

The Ontario Association notes that in many cases where a defendant is released before trial, i.e. when bail is granted before an actual court hearing on an alleged violent or firearms offense, subsequent offenses are “entirely preventable.” I made it,” he said.

“As Ontario Police Commissioner Thomas Carrique, a member of the OACP Board of Directors, said, ‘Something needs to change,'” the OACP said.

“Furthermore, when the Commissioner said, ‘Our police officers, your police officers, my police officers and the public deserve protection from violent criminals charged with firearm-related crimes,’ It captures the emotions of every police officer.

The OACP said legislative reform was needed, including bail processes involving violent repeat offenders and violent firearms crimes.

“Our police community is currently preparing to mourn the loss of a young officer and honor his life and sacrifice. We will be proposing certain legal changes related to firearms and violent crimes to make them safer.”

1st degree murder

Two suspects, Hamilton’s Brandi Crystal Lynn-Stuart Sperry, 30, and New Credit First Nation’s Randall Mackenzie, 25, of Mississauga, have been charged with first-degree murder in Pierrcala’s death. It was

A policeman was shot as he approached the car police said was stolen. Pierzchala was taken to hospital with his life-threatening injuries, but he was unable to be saved.

Mackenzie had an arrest warrant and had already been sentenced to three years in prison for assault with a weapon and theft of a motor vehicle. He has served time in his 2017 robbery and has a history of indictments and convictions against him.

The court ordered a lifelong arms ban.

“Since 2018, Mackenzie has been banned for life for possession of a firearm. Additionally, in 2021, Mackenzie was again charged with several firearms-related offenses and assaulting a peace officer,” OPP said. Commissioner Carrique said.

Following the 2021 indictment, Mackenzie was released on bail with several conditions, including remaining at home, according to the commissioner. He was scheduled to appear in court to address his charges in September 2022, but he did not.

Marnie Cathcart

Marnie Cathcart is a reporter based in Edmonton.