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Current Status of the Investigation

Theresa Allore
Theresa Allore

Actuellement le Surete du Québec a un investigateur assigné au cas d’Allore de Theresa. L’investigateur est très bon, très poli. Il toujours écoute mes inquiétudes et fera la suite avec moi si j’ai besoin de lui examiner n’importe quoi. Cependant, il traite le cas de Theresa quand il a le temps, il n’examine pas activement la mort de Theresa, et il n’est pas assigné aux cas de Manon Dube et à Louise Camirand (Ni personne avec le Surete du Québec examine ces meurtres).

Dans 2008 le Surete du Québec a annoncé la formation d’une unité de cold-case pour examiner des meurtres non résolus dans la province. Cependant leur mandat est seulement de retourner et regarde des cas dans le préalable 25 ans. Ceci signifie que les cas de Theresa Allore, Manon Dube et Louise Camirand ne sont pas assignés à cette équipe d’élite.

En automne 2008 j’ai voyagé au Québec et rencontré avec le Surete du Québec à leur HQ  à Montréal. A la réunion étaient l’investigateur de police assigné au cas de Theresa, la tête du Bureau de Cold-Case de Québec, son directeur et Pierre-Huges Boisvenu (avec moi). Nous avons été donnés une tournée très agréable du département de Cold-Case Nous avons rencontré des détectives, et ont été montré leur équipement informatique sophistiqué. Nous avons demandé alors que le Surete du Québec étend leur mandat pour inclure les cas de Theresa Allore, Manon Dube et Louise Camirand. SQ a refusé. Parmi leurs raisons – ils n’ont pas été convaincus que Theresa ait assassiné.

Je suis parti cela rencontrant découragé. Pierre Boisvenu m’a dit j’ai besoin d’à revenir et la visite avec le Surete du Québec chaque an pour le reste de ma vie jusqu’à ce que cette question est résolse.

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Currently the Surete du Quebec has one investigator assigned to Theresa Allore’s case.  The investigator is very good, very polite. He always listens to my concerns and will follow-up with me if I need him to look into anything. However, he works on Theresa’s case when he has time, he is not actively investigating Theresa’s death, and he is not assigned to the cases of Manon Dube and Louise Camirand (No one with the  Surete du Quebec is investigating those murders).

In 2008 the Surete du Quebec announced the formation of a cold-case unit to look into unsolved murders in the province. However their mandate is only to go back and look at cases in the prior 25 years. This means the cases of Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and Louise Camirand are not assigned to this elite team.

In the Fall of 2008 I travelled to Quebec and met with the Surete du Quebec at their headquarters in Montreal. At the meeting were the police investigator assigned to Theresa’s case, the head of the Quebec Cold-Case Bureau, his supervisor and Pierre Hugues Boisvenu (with me). We were given a very nice tour of the Cold-Case department. We met detectives, and were shown their sophisticated computer equipment.  We then asked that the Surete du Quebec extend their mandate to include the cases of Theresa Allore, Manon Dube and Louise Camirand. The SQ refused. Among their reasons  – they were not convinced that Theresa was murdered.

I left that meeting disheartened. Pierre Boisvenu told me I need to to come back and visit with the Surete du Quebec every year for the rest of my life until this matter is resolved.

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Fonds Theresa Allore

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La famille de  Theresa Allore et Champlain Regional College ont le plaisir d’annoncer la création du  Fonds Commémoratifs Theresa Allore.

Theresa Allore était une étudiante talentueuse du campus Champlain – Lennoxville en Estrie. Au moment  de son décès, elle étudiait les Sciences et avait exprimé son intérêt pour le domaine de la criminologie.  Theresa  aimait l’aventure, elle s’intéressait d’ailleurs au cyclisme, au parachutisme et à la randonnée. Passionnée du plein air, elle appréciait particulièrement les randonnées pédestres au Mont Orford.  Theresa était une amie précieuse qui ne jugeait pas les autres, mais qui choisissait plutôt de s’inspirer de tous ceux et celles qu’elle  rencontrait.

À partir des qualités inspirées par Theresa, nous espérons offrir une bourse reconnaissant l’étudiant  comme « personne entière »,  qui prendra en considération la réussite scolaire, la participation active à la vie étudiante, le désir de servir les autres, et les besoins financiers. De plus, les bienfaiteurs auront l’opportunité de contribuer au développement de critères spécifiques permettant de rendre accessible cette bourse à un grand nombre d’étudiants et d’étudiantes autant traditionnels que non traditionnels.

Alors que nous avons lutté plusieurs années avec la perte tragique de cette jeune vie remplie d’esprit d’aventure, il est maintenant venu le temps de célébrer la vie de Theresa afin qu’elle puisse en inspirer d’autres. Il n’y a aucun doute dans les cœurs de ceux et celles qui ont eu le privilège de la connaître que c’est de cette façon que Theresa aurait voulu qu’on se rappelle d’elle.

Nous sommes présentement à la recherche de bienfaiteurs et bienfaitrices qui désirent contribuer à une bourse à sa mémoire. Avec votre aide,  nous espérons offrir la première bourse en 2008-2009. Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir considérer votre don au Fonds Commémoratifs Theresa Allore, afin que nous puissions continuer de célébrer sa vie tout en encourageant un étudiant exceptionnel.

Merci de votre considération pour cet hommage important.

John Allore
Frère de Theresa

J Kenneth Robertson
Champlain College

Les contributions peuvent être faites à l’ordre de :

Foundation Champlain-Lennoxville Inc.
Theresa Allore Memorial Fund
c/o Marielle Denis, Treasurer
P.O. 5003 (Champlain Lennoxville Campus)
Sherbrooke, Québec, J1M 2A1

Tel: (819) 564-3600 ext. 638

Triangle Community Foundation
Theresa Allore Memorial Fund
c/o Fred Stang, Director of Development
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
Durham, NC, 27701
Tel: 919-474-8370

http://www.trianglecf.org/page10001837.cfm

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Theresa Allore Memorial Scholarship

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On September 24th, 2008, The family of Theresa Allore and Champlain Regional College announced the launching of the Theresa Allore Memorial Fund.

Theresa Allore was a promising student at the Champlain Lennoxville Campus in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. At the time of her death, she was studying the behavioral sciences, and had expressed an interest in the field of criminology. Theresa loved adventure, which lead to her interest in cycling, skydiving, and hiking.  She loved being outdoors, and particularly enjoyed hiking the local trails of Mount Orford.  Her special qualities included being a good friend, who did not judge others, but rather chose to draw encouragement and inspiration from everyone and everything she encountered.

Based on these qualities inspired by Theresa, the hope is to establish a scholarship that will take into consideration the student as a “total person”, including academic achievement, active participation in campus life, desire to serve others, and financial need.  Beyond these qualities, benefactors will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of specific criteria that will open this scholarship to a wide spectrum of students, providing support to both traditional and non-traditional applicants.

While we have struggled for many years with the tragic loss of a young life filled with a spirit of adventure, it has come the time to celebrate her life so that Theresa may inspire others.  There is no doubt in the hearts of those who had the privilege to share in her all too short life that this is exactly how Theresa would want to be remembered.

We are presently seeking benefactors that wish to contribute to an endowment scholarship in her memory. With your help, we hope to be able to offer the first scholarship for the 2008- 2009 academic year. We ask that you consider donating to the Theresa Allore Memorial Fund, so that we can continue to celebrate her life by encouraging a worthy student.

Contributions can be made to one of two foundations in the United States and Canada. When you make a gift you will receive the full tax advantages available by law for gifts to public charities in the United States and Canada.

Benefactors from Canada may contact:

Foundation Champlain-Lennoxville Inc.
Theresa Allore Memorial Fund
c/o Marielle Denis, Treasurer
P.O. 5003 (Champlain Lennoxville Campus)
Sherbrooke, Québec, J1M 2A1

Tel: (819) 564-3600 ext. 638

Benefactors from the United States may contact:

Triangle Community Foundation
Theresa Allore Memorial Fund
c/o Fred Stang, Director of Development
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
Durham, NC, 27701

Tel: 919-474-8370

With U.S. donations you may also take advantage of donating online using a credit card. Go to the following website and highlight the Theresa Allore Memorial Fund from the drop down menu:

http://www.trianglecf.org/page10001837.cfm

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Criminal Investigative Failures – Kim Rossmo

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Pour diffusion immédiate 
22 septembre 2008 

Un nouveau livre, Criminal Investigative Failures chroniques Theresa Allore enquête

Erreurs Un nouveau livre documentant réalisés dans les enquêtes criminelles comportera un chapitre sur la mort de Theresa Allore. Criminal Investigative Failures, à publier Novembre 10th, 2008 comporte un chapitre rédigé par John Allore et Patricia Pearson qui explore pleinement l’enquête de 1978, et les tentatives faite 30 ans plus tard que l’affaire soit rouverte. Il dispose encore jamais vu des photos du crime à partir de cette époque. 

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Le livre est édité par le Dr Kim Rossmo, un pionnier en matière de profilage géographique pénale, et un professeur-chercheur au Département Texas State University of Criminal Justice. Criminal Investigative Failures définit et explique les problèmes qui sont communs aux enquêtes échoué. Exploring biais cognitifs, des erreurs de probabilité, et les pièges de l’organisation. 

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Advanced éloges pour le chapitre a été élevé. Dr. Rossmo appelle la pierre angulaire de tout le livre. Editors pour Taylor & Francis écrire,

“… Ne pouvait pas arrêter de lire jusqu’à ce que je l’avais fini. Je ne peux imaginer ce que M. Allore et sa famille ont dû traverser au cours des 30 dernières années. Tout à fait décourageant de voir les trous évidente dans l’enquête policière. J’étais stupéfait de points de lecture au sujet de leur mauvaise gestion de l’affaire. Un chapitre magnétique. “

Criminal Investigative Failures peuvent être commandés sur Amazon.com.

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For Immediate Release
September 22th, 2008

New book, Criminal Investigative Failures chronicles Theresa Allore Investigation

A new book documenting mistakes made in criminal investigations will feature a chapter on the death of Theresa Allore. Criminal Investigative Failures, to be published November 10th, 2008 features a chapter written by John Allore and Patricia Pearson that fully explores the 1978 investigation, and attempts made 30 years later to have the case reopened. It features never before seen photographs of the crime from that era.

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The book is edited by Dr. Kim Rossmo, a pioneer in criminal geographic profiling, and a research professor at Texas State University’s Department of Criminal Justice. Criminal Investigative Failures defines and discusses the problems that are common to failed investigations. Exploring cognitive bias, errors in probability, and organizational traps.

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Advanced praise for the chapter has been high. Dr. Rossmo calls it the cornerstone of the entire book. Editors for Taylor & Francis write,

“… could not stop reading until I had finished it. I cannot imagine what Mr. Allore and his family have had to go through for the past 30 years. Absolutely disheartening to see the obvious holes in the police investigation. I was just dumbfounded at points reading about their mis-management of the case. A magnetic chapter.”

Criminal Investigative Failures can be ordered through Amazon.com.

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Theresa Allore YouTube Video

CTV’s W-5 émission de télévision, Who Killed Theresa?

Bien avant Dateline et CNN Presents, le Canada avait son propre programme d’investigation nouvelles télévisées, W-5. En 2004, les producteurs de l’émission de télévision CTV a rencontré avec moi pour faire un documentaire télévisé sur les histoires de nouvelles original publié dans le quotidien The National Post. Le programme d’une heure diffusée Mars 14th, 2005. Ici, vous mai vue que le programme (décrites ci-après en cinq parties). En plus vous mai, grâce à toutes les nouvelles de télévision couvrant enquête Thérèse en allant sur mon profil Youtube (cliquez ici):

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CTV’s W-5 television program, Who Killed Theresa?

Long before Dateline and CNN Presents, Canada had its own investigative television news program, W-5.  In 2004 producers of the CTV television program met with me to do a television documentary about the original news stories published in The National Post newspaper. The one hour program aired March 14th, 2005. Here you may view that program (laid out below in five parts). As well you may link to all television news items covering Theresa’s investigation by going to my Youtube profile (click here):

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbt9zyUdpzQ&feature=channel_page

Part I

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bDu26qnIWE&feature=channel_page

Part II

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOb_Rqu7bOE&feature=channel_page

Part III

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4mXP-nkmF0&feature=channel_page

Part IV

 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIJPm10nUw0&feature=channel_page

Part V

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Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu

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Il serait impossible pour moi de raconter l’histoire de la mort de Thérèse  sans mentionner l’influence de Pierre Hugues Boisvenu. 25 ans plus tard, Pierre est le père d’une fille qui a été assassiné dans la même région du Québec où Teresa est morte. Tragiquement, 3 ans après assassiner Julie Boisvenu, son autre fille unique, Isabelle est décédée dans un accident de voiture durant les vacances de Noël. Courageusement, Pierre, sa femme Diane et leur seul enfant survivant, les chrétiens se poussait.

Pierre a été ma lumière d’espoir en des jours très sombres. Jamais voulu se rendre, il canalise sa douleur en un changement positif, la création de l’AFPAD; non lucratif d’aide aux victimes au Québec … très probablement le plus influent groupe de défense des victimes dans tout le Canada. Pierre est mon ami, mon frère, mon professeur. L’histoire de notre rencontre est donc impossible: à la veille de la première nationale du Canada sur les victimes de conférence à Ottawa, nous avons découvert que très peu de victimes réelles avaient été invités à la danse. Donc nous nous invités. Nous avons d’abord rencontré la veille de la conférence au cours du dîner, à Hull, au Québec. Le lendemain matin, tout changé, comme Pierre a si éloquemment les documents dans son autobiographie, Survivre à L’Innommable (Survive and Engage – page 90).

Vous mai Acheter un livre de Pierre en cliquant ici.

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It would be impossible for me to tell the story of Theresa’s death without mentioning the influence of Pierre Hugues Boisvenu. 25-years later, Pierre is the father of a daughter who was murdered in the same region of Quebec where Theresa died.  Tragically, 3 years after Julie Boisvenu’s murder, his only other daughter, Isabelle died in a car accident during the Christmas holidays. Courageously, Pierre, his wife Diane and their only surviving child, Christian pressed on.

Pierre has been my light of hope in some very dark days. Never willing to surrender, he channeled his grief into positive change, creating AFPAD; a victims assistance non-profit in Quebec… quite possibly the most influential victims advocacy group in all of Canada. Pierre is my friend, my brother, my teacher. The story of our impossible meeting is thus: on the eve of Canada’s first National Victims Conference in Ottawa we discovered that very few actual victims had been invited to the dance. So we invited ourselves. We first met the night before the conference over dinner in Hull, Quebec. The next morning changed everything, as Pierre so eloquently documents in his autobiography,  Survivre a l’innommable (Survive and Engage – page 90).

You may purchase Pierre’s book by clicking here.

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Who Killed Theresa? – On The Internet

Certains d’entre vous pourraient se demander pourquoi il est une chose étrange, là-bas lorsque vous essayez de rechercher des informations sur Theresa sur l’internet.  Alors voici :

Après les articles de nouvelles initiales ont été libérés le cas de Thérèse que je cherchais un moyen de garder l’histoire dans l’oeil du public.  En 2002, j’ai commencé le premier site Who Killed Theresa (www.whokilledtheresa.com).  Cela ne s’est réalisée par la grande générosité de James Riordon, ancien élève de Lennoxville qui avait lu sur le cas de Theresa et voulait aider. Il l’a fait en proposant en ligne gratuit des services d’hébergement (et généralement me parle à travers tout ce que je ne comprenais pas de sites web … qui a été tout).

En 2003, j’ai découvert le weblog ou blog et commencé à bloguer à propos Theresa aide de Blogger (le site est / était à www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com). Le site est gratuit et relativement simple. Lentement, je laisse l’atrophie site d’origine et a perdu les droits sur le nom de “whokilledtheresa.com”.

 En août 2009, Blogger fermer mon blog à cause de problèmes avec un contenu prohibitifs (vous pouvez lire tous les propos que plus de AT, www.theresakilledagain.blogspot.com). Blogger finalement restauré mon site, mais j’avais déjà pris ma décision de ne plus jamais redonner le contrôle de mon content.

En Septembre un bon ami de Theresa a acheté les droits à la www.theresaallore.com et leur a accordé pour moi.  James Riordon est revenue dans l’image et le don de l’hébergement gratuit à nouveau (James est excellente et vous pourrez utiliser ses services pendant auwww.outofcontrol.ca).  Enfin, un autre bon ami, Eric Swenson (www.graphicpen.com) m’a aidé à la conception, et m’a appris tout ce que j’avais besoin de savoir sur WordPress (Code is Poetry).

Depuis, j’ai eu le contenu de mon ancien blog exportés vers le site WordPress, et tout le trafic redirigé vers TheresaAllore.com. Je n’ai jamais eu le retour à des droits whokilledtheresa.com (dommage, je préférais que ce titre), mais j’ai menacé les propriétaires actuels du site avec une action en justice si elles ne supprime pas le contenu de mon (ils le mois dernier par).

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Some of you might wonder why there is strange stuff out there when you try to search for information on Theresa on the internet. Here’s why:

After the initial news articles were released on Theresa’s case I was looking for a way to keep the story in the public eye. In 2002 I started the first Who Killed Theresa website (www.whokilledtheresa.com). This only came about through the tremendous generosity of James Riordon, a former student from Lennoxville who had read about Theresa’s case and wanted to help. He did so by offering free web-hosting services (and generally talking me through everything I didn’t understand about websites… which was EVERYTHING).

In 2003 I discovered the weblog or Blog and started blogging about Theresa using Blogger (the site is / was at www.whokilledtheresa.blogspot.com).  The site was free and relatively simple. Slowly I let the original site atrophy and lost the rights to the name “whokilledtheresa.com”.

In August of 2009 Blogger shut down my Blog because of problems with prohibitive content (you can read all about that over at, www.theresakilledagain.blogspot.com ).  Blogger eventually restored my site, but I had already made up my mind to never again give up control of my content.

In September a good friend of Theresa’s bought the rights to www.theresaallore.comand granted them to me. James Riordon came back into the picture and donated free hosting again (James is excellent and you can use his services over at www.outofcontrol.ca ). Finally, another good friend, Eric Swenson ( www.graphicpen.com ) helped me with design, and taught me everything I needed to know about WordPress (Code is poetry).

I have since had my old Blog content exported to the WordPress site, and all traffic redirected to TheresaAllore.com.  I never got the the rights back to whokilledtheresa.com ( a pity, I preferred that title), but I threatened the current owners of the site with legal action if they didn’t remove my content (they did so last month).

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Top Ten Facebook (activist) Friends

Quand j’ai commencé sur Facebook j’ai pensé que je garderais mon réseau sociale à mon travail de défense des victimes. J’ai pensé que c’était une approche saine. Au fil du temps, cette tactique s’est érodée. Pour le meilleur ou pour le pire que j’ai de plus en plus d’utiliser Facebook comme un forum pour promouvoir mes idées au sujet des victimes et la justice pénale.

Je ne me sens pas trop coupable. Je vois toutes sortes de “Friends” en utilisant Facebook pour promouvoir leurs croyances (lesPieces où ils trouvent, lors de leur bande est en lecture, une cause pour un être cher qui est décédé d’une maladie).

Ce que je pense est sain, c’est que beaucoup de ces personnes Au départ, j’étais fatigué de véritables sont devenus des amis (pourquoi devrais-je essayer de garder les deux mondes »séparés?). Voici quelques gens qui ont récemment adhéré à mon cercle Facebook, j’espère que vous reconnaîtrez les noms:

1. Erin Runnion

2. Carolyn Gardner

3. Chantal Dubé

4. Doreen Avant

5. Joe Wamback

6. Joey Davis

7. Marjean Fichtenberg

8. Pierre Boisvenu

9. Arthur Lepp

10. Cheryl Bullock

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When I started on Facebook I figured I’d keep my social network separate from my work as a victim advocate. I figured that was a healthy approach. Over time that tactic has eroded. For better or worse I have increasingly been using Facebook as a forum to promote my ideas about victims and criminal justice.

I don’t feel too guilty about this. I see all sorts of “friends” using Facebook to promote their beliefs (the plays they are in, when their band is playing, a cause for a loved one who has died of some illness).

What I think is healthy is that many of these persons I was initially weary of have become genuine friends (why would I try to keep the two worlds’ separate?). Here are some folk who have recently joined my Facebook circle; I hope you recognize the names: 

1. Erin Runnion

2. Carolyn Gardner

3. Chantal Dubé

4. Doreen Prior

5. Joe Wamback

6. Joey Davis

7. Marjean Fichtenberg

8. Pierre Boisvenu

9. Arthur Lepp

10. Cheryl Bullock

Here’s to more talk about our lives and loves than the unfortunate business that has been thrust upon us.

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Cameron UK Justice Reform

Kudos to Steve Bennett, a former detective with the West Midlands Force who runs a blog called Thin Blue Line over in the UK. Steve posted the following about England’s Conservative party platform regarding criminal justice across the way. Seems that though we are an ocean apart we have a lot of similar challenges. Any chance we can tie Harper, Ignatieff and Charest to a similar commitment?

I love the first statement:

“- Criminals aren’t caught because the police are stuck at desks doing paperwork.”

This is the criminological equivalent of Gretsky’s adage: “100% of the shots you don’t take, don’t go in the net “(to give it a nice hockey Canadian feel):

 

CONSERVATIVE PROMISE – IN A NUTSHELL

Following on from the rousing Conservative party conference in Manchester last week, here, in a nutshell, are a selection of observations, quotes and pledges from the speeches of David Cameron and Chris Grayling on the plans they have to reform the Criminal Justice System.

– Criminals aren’t caught because the police are stuck at desks doing paperwork.
– Violent offenders, sex offenders and heroin dealers get off with cautions because it’s the least hassle.
– Even if they go to prison, the Government releases them automatically after a fraction of their sentence to reoffend on the same streets as before.
– People think our criminal justice system is broken.
– Worrying too much about the criminals and not enough about the justice.
– It makes me furious. It makes you furious. And law abiding, decent, people are asking – who’s looking after me?
– That’s why need radical reform in every part of the system. The police. The CPS. The courts. Prisons. Probation. We need to sort it out, so there’s no more excuses, no more buck-passing, no more nonsense. We need a criminal justice system that is focused on fighting crime and that is exactly what we plan to deliver.
– No one thinks that the Government’s 24 hour drinking regime has led to the creation of a “continental café culture.
– We’re not talking about stopping people enjoying a few drinks in the pub. But things have gone far too far. Our town centres on a Friday and Saturday night can be battle zones for our police. Local parks and local estates are blighted by gangs of young troublemakers…. fuelled by alcohol given to them by irresponsible adults.
– I have talked to people up and down the country whose lives are being ruined by antisocial behaviour. It’s time we stood up for them.
– We’ll start with the problem of fourteen year olds hanging around with bottles of super-strength beers or ciders. It’s much too easy for them to get very drunk quickly and cheaply.
– We will increase the price of a four pack of super strength lager by £1.33. We will more than double tax on super strength cider. And our planned increase on alcopops will raise the price of a large bottle by £1.50. These tax changes will not hit responsible drinkers.
– We’ll tear up this Government’s lax licensing regime. Right now virtually anyone can get a licence to sell alcohol. We even have all night takeaways selling more drink to people as they stagger home from the pub. We will change that.
– We’ve also got to deal with those who commit the acts of antisocial behaviour and disorder as well. Right now they can offend again and again and just get away with it.
– Our criminal justice system is sending all the wrong messages. We need real punishments for young troublemakers. Not to send them home with a rap over the knuckles. That’s why we are working on a range of instant punishments for antisocial behaviour.
– Like grounding the offenders for up to a month. Or making them do community punishments, like cleaning up local parks. Real consequences for the trouble they’ve caused. But that’s for low level offences.
– For the more serious incidents, things must be different. We were all shocked by the tragic case of Fiona Pilkington. But let’s be clear. – What happened to her wasn’t antisocial behaviour. It was criminal.
– Giving someone a caution or a fixed penalty notice means box ticked, case closed, another solved crime. But we know the system is being misused. But when serious offenders, like people carrying knives, also get off with a caution, when they should be behind bars.
– I think anyone who assaults a police officer should end up in court facing time behind bars.
– It’s time for a new deal with our police. We’ll deal with the things that frustrate them. We’ll get rid of the mountains of bureaucracy that make it easier to cut corners. We’ll provide them with proper protection against violence. We’ll get rid of the target culture that makes it easier to issue a caution than to prosecute. And we’ll give them back more power to charge criminals themselves.
– But in return we want real action against the troublemakers. And we want them to be more accountable to the communities they serve. – The next Conservative Government will get rid of Britain’s caution culture. And will demand real moves to tackle antisocial behaviour. – It’s time justice was really done on our streets.
– We will tear down Labour’s big government bureaucracy, ripping up its timewasting, money-draining, responsibility-sapping nonsense.
– The police, the prosecution services, the prisons … is failing under the weight of big government targets and bureaucracy. The police aren’t on the streets because they’re busy complying with ten different inspection regimes.
– The police say the CPS isn’t charging people because they have to hit targets to reduce the number of unsuccessful trials.
And the prisons aren’t rehabilitating offenders because they’re focused on meeting thirty three different performance indicators.
This all needs to change. I’m not going to stand here and promise you a country where nothing bad ever happens. I do not underestimate how difficult it will be to deal with this problem of crime and disorder.
– We cannot rebuild social responsibility from on high. But the least we can do the least we can do is pledge to all the people who are scared, who live their lives in fear and who can’t protect themselves, that Chris Grayling, with Dominic Grieve, will reform the police, reform the courts, reform prisons.
– I see a country where you’re not so afraid to walk home alone, where you’re safe in the knowledge that right and wrong is restored to law and order.
– But if we pull together, come together, work together — we will get through this together.
And when we look back we will say not that the government made it happen … not that the minister made it happen … but the businesswoman made it happen … the police officer made it happen … the father made it happen …the teacher made it happen.

You made it happen.

Right now it seems that the Conservatives are closest to the real issues and have the desire to bring about the reforms that are essential if we are to enjoy a more peaceful society. The message we would send out to whichever party is elected at the next election is this. Show us that you have learned from the lessons, mistakes and errors of judgement of the past. Waste no time on party policital spin, we’ve had a belly full of it. Ditch the blame culture once you have cleared the decks. Show us the truth about the state of the Criminal Justice System as it stands now, then waste no time on blame, show us with your actions that you are healing the wounds inflicted on this country over recent years. Then you will have our blessing, support and confidence.

One last thing. There will be sectors of society waiting for you to trip up. Show us your guts and determination to succeed for us all. Don’t give them the ammunition to shoot you. There will be those who will accuse you too, of having your noses buried deeply in the trough. Be aware of that. Act with transparency and honesty so that we will not feel our trust is misplaced.

The Crime Analysis Team
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Top Ten Crime Advocates

Here are my top ten crime advocates – Canada. These people rock relentlessly, tirelessly doing your dirty work so you may never fall into the abyss:

1.   Randy McCall:  Is there any aspect of victimology Randy isn’t involved with? Check out his links:

http://www.rmccallonline.com/
http://www.vaonline.org/
http://rmccallonline.wordpress.com/
http://twitter.com/randymccall/ 

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Randy is your go-to guy for all things victim related, advocating for Canada but equally entrenched in the United States, Europe and Asia. His weekly Twit compilations are a personal favorite.  Randy seems to get more driven with age, negating the adage that our creative potential is effectively dead at 32. I have dubbed Randy Night Owl because he has proven to be the most level-headed of the bunch of us (and he has appropriately dubbed me Rorschach)

2.   Judy Peterson: She had the stroke of genius to connect missing persons with unidentified human remains. Judy was the first to advocate for changing Canada’s DNA identification laws. Others quickly followed suit including the Ontario Provincial Police and  the United States Namus project, and recently Quebec’s efforts to link remains with missing persons. 

3.   Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu: I have blogged so much about my friend Pierre and his Quebec victim advocacy group, AFPAD that to elaborate would be redundant.

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Let it be said that his recent efforts to follow suit with Lindsay’s Law are beautiful.

4.   Carolyn Gardner:  In Canada we have a problem. A “life” sentence means a maximum of 25 years served in prison (usually 16 years if the offender demonstrated good behavior). This leaves the business of advocating for longer sentences to the victims. No one has done a better job at this than Carolyn Gardner advocating for a longer sentence for her sister, Sheryl Gardner murderer Ralph Power.

5.   Wayne Leng: A controversial and polarizing figure, Wayne is nevertheless a key advocate for the Missing Women of Vancouver. He has also been one of the strongest voices for the missing women along the Highway of Tears in British Columbia, a recent case that seems to get ignore as much as the missing women in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

6.   Holly DeSimone:  

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The hardest working victim in victim advocacy. Holly seems to be everywhere speaking out on sexual violence against women.

7.   Marcel Bolduc:   A pioneer.  Marcel was fighting the fight when we were all in diapers.

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He has bragging rights beyond what we could comprehend. Search on Marcel and you will find nothing; he is a shadow-warrior, and a great personal inspiration.

8. Michel Surprenant:  Again… a shadow warrior. Michel is a member of AFPAD and fights on in the memory of his daughter, Julie Surprenant.  Another personal inspiration.

9.   The Unsolved Victims from Vermont. New Hampshire and Maine:  Close to 100 murders unsolved and possibly connected to Quebec.

10.   Sharron Prior: Then unsolved journal of the 1975 murder of Sharon Prior, maintained by her sister Doreen: Inspirational, and in need of more attention.

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