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New bills aimed at victims, witnesses

Three bills were proposed in the house yesterday in order to help police maintain safe communities throughout the province.

Three bills were proposed in the house yesterday in order to help police maintain safe communities throughout the province.

“The proposed legislation that we put before the house today continues our safe communities commitment,” said Minister of Justice and Attorney General Alison Redford. “We introduced it in direct response to what the police have told us they need.”

The legislative changes that were introduced are intended to support the work of Alberta’s Safe Communities Initiative and have a negative impact on criminal activity.

Bill 10, the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Amendment Act, will expand the range of victims who can be compensated for sustaining harm due to crime.

Bill 11, the Witness Security Act, will provide short term protective services to witnesses who agree to give evidence.

And Bill 12, the Body Armour Control Act, will allow police to seize body armour from individuals who don’t have a permit for legitimate use.

“None of these laws on its own is the ultimate solution and we realize that,” Redford said.