||Sex Crimes Unit
Behavioural Assessment Section
In the late
1980’s and early 1990’s, across North America, there was a recognition on
the part of law enforcement agencies and legislators of the potential threat
posed by those who engage in harassing, threatening and stalking behaviours.
criminal harassment legislation was enacted August 1, 1993
The Ontario Provincial
Police established a Threat Assessment Section in 1995
In March of 1999, the Behavioural Assessment Section
was established as there was a need to bring together
experienced investigators trained in Offender Behaviour and
Investigative Analysis, Offender Management and Polygraph.
Assessment Section (BAS) is currently a sub-unit of the Sex Crimes Unit.
It is a resource for any officer conducting investigations involving stalking,
threatening or harassing behaviour as well as offering such services as
polygraph, ViCLAS, high-risk release management and behavioural sciences
goal in all of the BAS activities is crime prevention; to prevent future
victims by applying innovative intervention strategies to existing criminal
investigations and potentially violent situations.
A core group of
officers in this section are specially trained in the areas of:
The Threat Assessment Section provides investigative support to investigations
involving threats to individuals or groups. The ability to predict the potential
for violence with some degree of accuracy is paramount in not only preventing
future violence, but also in the effective management of a case.
A threat assessment is a valuable resource in cases where a potential for
violence exists for a victim of stalking, threatening or harassing behaviour.
Threat assessment plays an important role in responding to workplace violence,
threats of product tampering, inappropriate communications and known high
risk offenders or sex offenders.
Coupled with other investigative disciplines, threat assessment assists
in the management and prevention of violent crime and may assist in determining
the direction of an investigation.
High Risk Offender Management
The High Risk Offender Program is an innovative means by which the Service
in carrying out its role in the criminal justice system, is taking preventive
action by dealing with persons deemed to be a "High Risk" to offend or re-offend
violently and/or sexually. The program addresses problems that can occur
with an individual who has served full sentence and is to be released into
the community without supervision. Understanding that they pose a potential
risk to the community, the offenders themselves become willing participants
in the program. Appropriate conditions are agreed upon that balance the
needs of the community with the needs of the high risk individual.
This program could not function without the active participation of many
parts of the community, including the Mennonite Central Committee, Correctional
Service of Canada and other police agencies throughout Canada.
The polygraph unit provides testing services and expertise in interview,
interrogation and statement analysis to the Toronto Police and other police
services. This is a reliable means of evaluating an individual's truthfulness
and deception that leads to confessions, the detection of criminal offences,
the recovery of property and redirects investigative efforts to solve crime.
The polygraph instrument tests physiological responses during a structured
interview regarding an individual's involvement in a criminal investigation.
Heart rate, respiration, blood pressure, and galvanic skin conductivity
Polygraph examinations can be conducted on suspects, informants, and complainants
in criminal investigations.
The Toronto Police have two detectives who are trained to administer psychophysiological
detection of deception tests (lie detector tests).
s.o.r.e.u. (Sex Offender Registry Enforcement Unit)
Ontario's Ontario Sex Offender Registry was sparked by the brutal 1988
murder of 11-year-old Christopher Stephenson at the hands of a convicted
pedophile on federal statutory release. At the 1993 inquest into Christopher's
death, the coroner's jury recommended creating a national registry for convicted
sex offenders, requiring them to register with their local police service.
Christopher's death highlighted the need to provide police services with
greater ability to monitor sex offenders in our communities. Agreeing with
the jury's recommendations, the Government of Ontario took the initiative
and introduced legislation to create Canada's first provincial registry
of convicted sex offenders.
With the encouragement and support of the Stephenson family, victims' groups
and law enforcement organizations, Christopher's Law (Ontario Sex Offender
Registry 2000) was proclaimed on April 23, 2001, making the Ontario Sex
Offender Registry a reality.
Christopher's Law represents a vital step in fighting crime, protecting
vulnerable children and adults and safeguarding our communities. The Ontario
Sex Offender Registry is a provincial registration system for sex offenders
that have been released into the community, obligating them to report annually
to police. During the registration process, police enter information on
these individuals into a database.
The Ontario Sex Offender Registry includes such information as:
- date of birth
- current address
- current photograph
- detailed descriptions
- sex offence(s) for which the offender is responsible
The public does not have access to the Ontario Sex Offender Registry. It is
a database that provides police services with important information that improves
their ability to investigate sex-related crimes as well as monitor and locate
sex offenders in the community.
Offenders are required to first register with their local police service within
7 days of being convicted of a criteria sex offence and not sentenced to
a custodial term, within 7 days after being released from custody in respect
of a sex offence, or within 7 days of being found not criminally responsible
for a criteria sex offence. This registration facility for the City of Toronto
is located at the Bail and Parole Unit at 2440 Lawrence Avenue East.
Offenders are required to re-register no earlier than 11 months and no later
than 1 year from the date of their last registration or no later than 7 days
of changing addresses.
Under Christopher’s Law, authority to arrest requires a warrant issued under
the Provincial Offences Act. The warrant only authorizes the arrest of the
offender for the purpose of registration and once registered, the offender
shall be released forthwith. Once released a charge may be laid by way of
a Form 104.
Outside organizations who would be interested in receiving training or lectures
from the Sex Offender Registry Enforcement Unit contact us at (416) 808-8069.