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High risk offenders

The Alberta Government Justice and Solicitor General maintains a list of Alberta’s High Risk Offenders (HROs).

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What is a high risk offender

A High Risk Offender (HRO) is one that has been identified as high risk to commit a violent offence (or offence against a person) through corrections, police agencies, the Crown and/or mental health professionals. Extensive background research and assessments are completed to assess the offender’s risk to commit a future violent offence.​

Generally, a significant history of crimes against persons (such as sexual and violent offences) leads to an offender being identified as high risk, but no specific crimes are included or excluded. The identification is based on the totality of the offender’s history and having a high risk of re-offending violently.​

HROs must be crime-free for one year and have completed all supervision order(s) in order to be removed from the Alberta Government HRO website. The Calgary Police Service may continue to have knowledge of prior HRO targets, although no active monitoring is possible given the lack of enforceable conditions.

High risk offender restrictions

If an HRO is under a court order or subject to a prohibition under section 161 of the Criminal Code, he or she can be ordered not to reside in certain locations that would violate his or her conditions. If he or she is living in an area where he or she is in violation of a court ordered restriction, a criminal charge may be laid.

Furthermore, HROs may subject to monitoring by the Calgary Police Service​.

Why aren't high risk offenders kept in jail?

Once a high risk offender's court-imposed sentence has been completed, there are no legal grounds to hold them in custody. At this point, if they have a violent history and have been assessed as a high risk by corrections and/or mental health professionals, a Peace Bond under section 810 of the Criminal Code of Canada may be sought to obtain conditions for a two-year period to attempt to manage risk. These conditions are monitored by the police in partnership with a number of government agencies and community support groups and agencies.