The Weyburn Police Service spent part of the weekend checking to ensure those who have been released on conditions were keeping up with them. As a result, there were a number of people who were charged with breaching their conditions, whether imposed as part of a release, or for probation.
Deputy Police Chief Rod Stafford explained the conditions are similar to bail. They are imposed on the person to follow, as an alternative to remaining in custody. Failure to follow them generally results in the court not looking to favorably upon the situation.
“You’ve either promised to the police to get out of custody, or worse, you’ve promised to the judge to get out of custody, that you’ll abide by these conditions; now, of course, you’re back in court not abiding by them,” Stafford said.
In a situation where someone has breached their conditions of release, the Crown can make an application to have the conditions revoked, and then the person will find themselves in custody, whether waiting for their next court appearance or to serve out a part of a sentence.
“It’s important that we take efforts to make sure that they are complying with the conditions, and when they are not, appropriate charges are laid,” Stafford added.