Pedophile alert on the cards under amber alert system being considered by Newman Government
The public will be told immediately when dangerous sex predators escape their GPS surveillance, under an amber alert system being considered by the State Government.
The community would be warned in the same way as when a child is abducted.
Convicted rapist Algana Tiers allegedly escaped last week from Townsville Correctional reserve after cutting off his GPS bracelet with a knife, just six months after an alleged rampage involving another "high risk" escapee, Andrew Clive Ellis.
Police and Corrective Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the instant notification feed to media, or a variant of it, would be considered as long as it did not water down the effectiveness or seriousness of the actual child abduction alert.
"In the meantime, however, I expect both Corrections and police to get the public information out there as soon as operationally possible," he said.
Algana Tiers was missing for at least two hours after allegedly hacking off his GPS tracker and walking out of the Townsville Correctional reserve. The 25-year-old was found at Townsville's Hotel Allen, where he met up with his girlfriend.
Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said the Government needed an amber alert system for escaped dangerous sex offenders to ensure community safety.
"Bring it on - it's time we start to take control and exert some authority," she said.
"At the end of the day, these guys are dangerous and they're on the run, so it would make perfectly good sense if we want to catch them.
"The greater majority of the community would be more than happy to participate in making the community a safer place for kids - for all of us actually."
Ms Johnston said the amber alert system, introduced in 2004 for child abductions after lobbying from Bravehearts, would also be a deterrent for sex offenders.
"If they know this can happen, it's just more reason for them to not escape or take off their GPS tracker," she said.
Seventy-seven "high risk" sex offenders - most pedophiles - who have been convicted under the Dangerous Prisoner (Sex Offenders) Act and are living in the community have been fitted with GPS trackers.
In January, sex offender Andrew Clive Ellis was allegedly on the run for 16 hours after hacking off his tracker.
He allegedly stole alcohol, groceries and clothes as well as attacking an off-duty policewoman jogging at Seventeen Mile Rocks before he was arrested at Acacia Ridge in Brisbane's west.
The Courier-Mail (15-6-2012)