William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
OUR CON AIR IS A PLAN THAT IS FAIR
They were released on a promise to appear
and they kept moving West year after year
They did their crimes until they got caught
Moving one province over as often as not
They kept moving West until the end of the line
Still doing their crimes without doing any time
Criminals laughed –they got away with their crime
We are sending them back via a plan that is fine
More crooks are expected to take the flight home
That inspired me to write this little rhyme poem
The muse was asleep until I read the newspaper
We are sending them back via our con air caper
Thanks to the businessmen in Victoria’s Downtown
They’ve taken an action and no longer fool around
We’ve sent in our support money, funding the plan
To help send these criminals back when we can
It cost $83K to send a criminal through the court
The Eastern radius Warrants have closed the porte
We started to send wanted perps home this year
Added to their charges is now fail to appear
Will our Provincial Government support our con air?
Saving taxpayers’ monies by paying these fares?
It is good for the West Coast and the interior of B.C.
Con Air from this Island is good for you and me
©Copyright August 31, 2008 by William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD
CON AIR OFFERS PASSAGE TO NAPANEE
Victoria police accompany wanted man to eastern Ontario to face Charges there
JEFF BELL Times Colonist
Times Colonist: August 8, 2008
Victoria’s second “Con Air” criminal took a cross-Canada flight to Ontario yesterday to face charges stemming from a violent domestic dispute.
He was accompanied by a pair of Victoria police officers.
Matthew Seguin, 28, is wanted in the eastern Ontario town of Napanee and has admitted heading to B.C. to dodge his warrant. He arrived in Nanaimo in mid-June and ended up in Victoria in July.
Victoria’s Con Air project was launched last month after the success of a similar effort in Vancouver.
Both were created to send lawbreakers from other provinces back to face charges in their original jurisdictions. The initiatives are seen as a way to deal with criminals who have non-returnable warrants – warrants in force only in the province where they are issued.
Victoria’s first Con Air passenger was 25-year-old Bobby Durocher, flown to Calgary in late July.
Seguin, a crack cocaine user, had daily dealings with police after showing up in Victoria. He is accused of attacking a person who sold him wax instead of drugs.
The process of returning Seguin to Ontario cost about $3,000. Victoria police Sgt. Grant Hamilton said the comparative cost of putting a person through the justice system would be about $83,000.
Funding has been an issue, but the Downtown Victoria Business Association and an anonymous business owner helped get Con Air started with $10,000 donations.
The Victoria Police Department is preparing a written proposal for program funding from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
COST OF SENDING CROOKS HOME WORTH IT
I spent 23 years on the front desk at Central Saanich Police Department.
When our patrols checked suspicious characters in residential areas in the wee hours of the morning, I ran the suspects on Canadian Police Information Centre and Police Information and Retrieval System.
It surprised me how many suspects had criminal records and active warrants from all across the country. Many were radius Ontario only or Manitoba only. Quite a few had outstanding warrants in nearly every province east of B.C.
I had the responsibility of informing each location where warrants were issued that we were in present contact with their wanted subjects. They advised the warrants were non-returnable. In other words, they did not want to pay to get their criminals back.
We have enough break-in artists of our own here in Greater Victoria. I wholeheartedly support the merchants who want to return out-of-province criminals to face the music in their own jurisdictions.
In fact, as a concerned citizen I will donate $100 to the Con Air fund and urge other break-and-enter victims to do likewise. It is not a perfect solution. However, it is better than becoming a haven for criminals from all across this great nation.
William Willbond – Saanichton
THREE SUSPECTS BOOKED FOR PASSAGE ON CON AIR
Three more people are expected to take flight on Con Air trips out of B.C. to face criminal warrants in other provinces.
Susan Virginia Bjorgan is wanted on two warrants in Toronto, one for robbery and one for failure to comply with a court order. Bjorgan is scheduled to take off today at 12:15 p.m.
Victoria police say Bjorgan, since her arrival in 1998, has become well known to officers downtown.
And Allan Robert Corr is also wanted in Ontario on a prohibited weapons charge. A member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang Corr has been in Victoria since 2007 but is expected to fly out Tuesday.
Officers in Saanich and Victoria have become acquainted with Corr while investigating incidents involving drugs, gangs and break and enter.
Also, a 43-year-old man found in the same vehicle as Corr is also being processed for a one-way Con-Air flight. The man is wanted out of province for possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of cocaine.
Victoria’s Con-Air project was launched last month. It is funded by private donations but the Victoria Police Department is preparing a written proposal for program funding from the provincial government. —Times Colonist