Electronic monitoring: Important information for defendants

2 September 2020

Electronic monitoring as a condition of bail (EM Bail) is granted to suitable defendants who would otherwise be remanded in custody, in prison, while awaiting a court hearing.

A person on EM Bail wears an electronic tracker and lives at an address approved by the Court.

About Electronic Monitoring

The Court can impose electronic monitoring as part of your bail conditions. This requires you to wear a tracker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You must live at an agreed address at all times unless you have permission to leave for an approved purpose, such as work.

The bail conditions will determine when you MUST remain at your home address. If you require an absence to leave your address during your curfew, you must speak with the EM Bail Team.

A Monitoring unit will be placed at your home address. The tracker is monitored by the Monitoring Centre which can confirm your whereabouts at any time.

If you breach any of your EM Bail conditions, this will be reported to Police and you may be breached. This could result in your arrest.

What happens if I am given EM Bail?

You must follow your EM Bail condition and go directly to your approved address and wait for a Field Officer to arrive. They will set up the monitoring equipment and put the electronic tracker on your leg.

A Probation Officer or Bail Support Officer will then also visit to induct you within 72 hours of your release.

You will be electronically monitored for as long as the EM Bail continues.

Who are the Field Officers?

The Department has contracted Attenti to provide electronic monitoring services. Attenti provides the electronic equipment and managed the Monitoring Centre. Attenti contacts First Security to carry out all electronic monitoring field services including installing and servicing your electronic monitoring equipment and responding to alerts. Field Officers will wear Attenti/First Security identification at all times and will in First Security uniform.

What do I do if I need an absence to leave my home?

You must call the EM Bail team first if you want to plan some time away from your home, even if it is just a short trip to the Work and Income office. The EM Bail Team will let you know if your absence is approved and tell you what you need to do and what happens next.

Make sure you call the EM Bail Team at least 24 hours before any planned short-term absence. If you don’t, your absence might not be approved.

Remember, you may only be permitted an absence if your bail conditions allow for it.

What happens if I break my Bail conditions?

The tracker will trigger an alarm and a Field Officer or Police will arrive to check on you if you:

  • Try to take off the tracker
  • Leave your address without permission
  • Deviate from your agreed absence
  • Are late back from a planned absence
  • Do not charge the equipment

You may be arrested and have to appear before the Court who will decide whether your EM Bail should continue.

What happens if there is an emergency – can I leave without permission?

You can leave without permission if:

  • You need immediate medical or dental treatment; or
  • There is an immediate danger of death or injury to you (or a person you have the sole responsibility for) – such as fire, earthquake, flood or violence.

If you have time, you should call the EM Bail team on 0800 EM BAIL (0800 362 245) or phone the team as soon as you are able to advise them of the emergency situation as Police will be notified of the departure.

Contact with the EM Bail team

The EM Bail team’s role at Corrections is to keep in contact with the Bailee and the occupants of the house.

If you have any difficulties come up contact the EM Bail team on 0800 EM BAIL (0800 362 245) as soon as possible. The EM Bail team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Electronic monitoring equipment

EM BAIL EQUIPMENT

Charging your tracker

NOTE: It is an offence not to charge your tracker.

You will be required to charge your tracker for 2 hours every day. The cordless charger enables you to charge your tracker without being tether to a power socket and will allow you to carry out most normal activities in your home environment while charging.

To charge your tracker, unplug the cordless charger from the power lead and attach it to the base of the tracker.

How long does it take to fully charge?

To fully charge a low tracker battery will take approximately 2 hours. The “power” light on the charger turns from red to green when the battery is fully charged. The tracker vibrates when being connected to, and disconnected from, the charger. The tracker will also vibrate when the trackers battery levels are low indicating that you need to immediately charge your tracker.

What if the tracker or monitoring unit is damaged?

Any damage must be immediately reported to the EM Bail team. You must provide all information about how the unit got damaged. If the damage is intentional, you will be pursued through the Courts for reparation.

Taking care of your electronic monitoring equipment

Do not:

  • Have the cordless charger attached to the tracker when bathing or showering
  • Let the cordless charger get wet
  • Move the monitoring unit
  • Open any of the equipment
  • Unplug the monitoring unit
  • Cover the monitoring unit
  • Let the monitoring unit get wet
  • Paint or otherwise modify any of the equipment
  • Expose the equipment in any way
  • Leave the address when the cordless charger is attached to your tracker.