Mission BC – (Media Release) – Following an emergency meeting of Council the District is working to address the issue of James Conway relocating to Mission. Council and staff are committed to the safety of our community, and are working to address the concerns we share with the community about the move.
We are actively working with the RCMP and Corrections BC, and are seeking meetings with our MLAs as well as the Ministries responsible.
The RCMP is fully engaged and we are confident they will protect the community. Given the conditions including around-the-clock supervision and significant restrictions on movement we are also confident there is no threat to the community in the short-term as we work through this issue with the Provincial bodies responsible.
We urge the public to remain calm as we work on this as our top priority. This is a Provincial issue impacting our community and we are actively seeking out all the parties responsible to look for solutions. Corrections BC poisoned the well by not engaging with the municipality in advance. That’s the wrong way to go about things. He needs to leave Mission and Corrections needs to work with the next municipality more openly to make sure this doesn’t happen again. We do not want our RCMP to have to monitor law abiding citizens for fear they will take things into their own hands.
–Mayor, Randy Hawes
Additional Background Information from Corrections BC
The courts have determined that Mr. James Conway can reside in the community under strict conditions. Mr. Conway will be supervised under a conditional sentence order to be followed immediately by a probation order with the same conditions until January 2020. These conditions include:
- You must remain in your residence at all times (24 hour curfew) and may not leave your residence unless you are supervised.
- You are subject to electronic supervision.
- You may not engage in any activity that involves contact with persons under the age of 18, including the use of a computer system for the purpose of communicating with persons under the age of eighteen.
- You may not engage in any activities, volunteer work or employment that will put you in contact with any person under the age of eighteen.
- You may not attend at any public park, playground, school yard, daycare centre, community centre or public swimming area or any other site which offers activities for persons under the age of 18
- You may not wear, for any reason, any uniform which includes but is not limited to, Firemen’s uniforms, Correctional Officer uniforms, Search and Rescue Police uniforms, Security Guard uniforms, Nurse uniforms, or any patch or insignia that represents these occupations.
- You may not travel alone on public transit.
- You may not consume alcohol or be in an establishment where alcohol is for sale.
- You may not possess any weapons.
General Information from Corrections BC
BC Corrections has the authority to enforce court-ordered conditions of offenders residing in the community. If an offender breaches these conditions, the offender can be returned to custody, as determined by the courts.
Public safety is BC Corrections’ absolute top priority – which is why we issued a public notification about James William Conway’s relocation to Mission.
Notifications are issued in accordance with mandatory privacy legislation and are timed for release to align with the timing of the offender’s relocation or release. BC Corrections only has the authority to release this information in advance to other law enforcement partners to ensure the coordination of supervision is in place.
Mr. Conway has been and will continue to remain under intensive supervision. He is under 24-hour house arrest, is on electronic supervision, must not leave his residence at any time without an approved adult, and must not be near anyone younger than 18.
It is important to note that this individual has been under this same level of intense supervision in the community for more than a year and he has been fully compliant with his court-ordered conditions.
BC Corrections will work closely with the Mission RCMP and our partner agencies to diligently monitor and strictly enforce Mr. Conway’s court-ordered conditions.
Due to privacy legislation, we can’t provide further details beyond what has already been released – but we ask the public to contact the authorities if they observe Mr. Conway engaging in any activity that could be considered a violation of his court order.
BC Corrections would like to reiterate that no legal authority exists for the Province, or any law enforcement agency or public body, to tell offenders in which community they can or cannot live, subject to any court-ordered conditions. But when the courts give us the authority, BC Corrections can approve their specific residence to ensure it doesn’t violate their court-ordered conditions. That said, in high-risk cases, we work proactively to ensure suitable housing and supports are in place where an offender settles and that they are supervised closely by both BC Corrections and local police.