Apr 27, 2011
ORILLIA, ON, April 27 /CNW/ - Police, dignitaries and family members paid tribute today to the legacy of young Christopher Stephenson and the ongoing inspiration he provides to the dedicated professionals who maintain the Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR).
OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis as well as current and retired members who have built and managed the OSOR welcomed Christopher's parents, Jim and Anna Stephenson to a gathering recognizing the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Christopher's Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000. The event included the dedication of a plaque in Christopher's honour at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia and the debut of a new training video for front-line police officers.
The OSOR was sparked by the brutal 1988 abduction and murder of 11-year-old Christopher Stephenson at the hands of a convicted pedophile on federal statutory release.
"Inspired by the dedication of Jim and Anna Stephenson and sustained by the commitment of Ontario's police officers, the Ontario Sex Offender Registry is an effective tool to help apprehend offenders and protect the vulnerable in our communities."
- Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
"The dedicated OPP members who administer the Sex Offender Registry have a special bond with the Stephenson family, whose commitment to public safety is extraordinary and is gratefully appreciated. Their son's legacy helps drive our desire to achieve our public safety goals."
- Chris Lewis, Commissioner - Ontario Provincial Police
"Christopher's Law represents a vital step to protect vulnerable people by providing police with an investigative tool that enhances public safety and crime prevention. It provides front-line officers with important information that improves their ability to investigate sex-related crimes, as well as monitor and locate sex offenders."
- Staff Sgt. Adam Alderson, Manager - Ontario Sex Offender Registry
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is responsible for the Ontario Sex Offender Registry program, which is administered by the OPP. The OPP's role as the administrator includes overseeing training and management of the OSOR program and providing municipal and First Nations police services with 24-7 operational support when requested. The OSOR is also responsible for the Ontario link to the National Sex Offender Registry.
The Ontario Sex Offender Registry has proven to be very effective with compliance over 97 per cent…one of the highest compliance rates of all sex offender registries in operation, including registries in the United States.
Ontario Sex Offender Registry and how it works - click here
Christopher's Law - click here
MEDIA NOTE: Media can access an official photo and video clips at this link:
For further information:
Staff Sergeant A.A. (Adam) ALDERSON
Manager - Ontario Sex Offender Registry
OPP Behavioural Sciences and Analysis Services
Phone: (705) 329-6275