The RCMP advised us, as part of our preparation for our testimony today, that the automation of the submission of fingerprints in order to update criminal record information will be completed, they anticipate, by March 2018. That will certainly expedite the updating of criminal records far more quickly than was the case under the manual and much more labour-intensive process.
There are challenges, as indicated by Mr. Woodburn, in relation to the mobility of criminals across the country—all of those pieces. That's important; it needs to be current and up to date for the police and the involved prosecutors at the bail process to have the most up-to-date, real-time information.
The challenge, however, is that all of that criminal record information is based on fingerprints. If someone misses their appearance for submitting fingerprints, that information may never be entered into the criminal record for consideration by the police, the prosecutor, or the court.