The Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police are welcoming proposed changes to the Province’s bail system.
Thirty-one recommendations were made, including having Crown Prosecutors replace police at bail hearings.
Association President and Medicine Hat’s Police Chief is Andy McGrogan. He says it will be up to Alberta Justice department to sort out the details, but it would take a lot of pressure off of services across the province.
“I view it as positive.” says McGrogan. “Police officers aren’t trained as lawyers, we’re trained as police officers. This is a job we’ve done for a number of years, and I think we do an adequate job, and I think but there’s always that room for error that I think might be a safety issue.”
McGrogan says police will still be involved in the bail process, however.
“We’ll of course still have to prepare the bail packages as we always have done, so that piece won’t change. Overall it’ll be interesting to see how we’ll work with Justice to figure this out.”
McGrogan says he’s curious how Alberta Justice will handle bail hearings in smaller communities, and how it will handle the increased costs involved. (ms, News Talk 770)