Inspector Patrick Lavallée is in the running for the leadership of the SPVM

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Inspector Patrick Lavallée is in the running for the leadership of the SPVM

Inspector Patrick Lavallée could become Montreal's first openly gay police chief.

Inspector Patrick Lavallée is the youngest candidate to have entered the race for the leadership of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Radio-Canada has learned. The posting of the job offer for the position of director ended last Friday.

Former lawyer before becoming a police officer, man in the field, in service for 23 years, perfectly bilingual, and holder of a master's degree in public administration, Patrick Lavallée could become the first openly gay police chief in the history of the SPVM.

The 56-year-old is currently not as well known as some candidates already in senior police positions. It therefore turns out to be the surprise candidacy that no one saw coming in the current race, if we are to believe the reactions in the ranks of the SPVM.

L&#x27 ;retired inspector André Durocher affirms that the profile of Patrick Lavallée stands out from other applications submitted to the City of Montreal.

Patrick hates injustices and he will not hesitate to do whatever it takes to eliminate them, commented Mr. Durocher.

From his first year of school hired at the SPVM 23 years ago, Patrick Lavallée, then a simple recruit on probation, filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission against his union of police officers and his employer, the City of Montreal.

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At the time, an “orphan clause” in the collective agreement discriminated against all police officers hired after January 1, 1997, because they systematically received 25% less in annual salary.

Despite pressure from both the union and the employer, Patrick Lavallée stayed the course pushing the City of Montreal to propose an amicable settlement for the benefit of more than 1,400 police recruits in SPVM. In 2002, 1,400 agents shared more than $14 million in compensation.

Retired inspector André Durocher, who witnessed the dispute at the time, says that the magnitude of the victory won before the Human Rights Commission has set precedent in all labor relations at the City of Montreal.

I don't know if the police today realize it, but it was Patrick Lavallée who led the battle against what were called "orphan clauses" which ensured that newly hired police officers had lower salary conditions than those hired before them, thus creating two classes of police officers, analyzed Mr. Durocher.

According to the former top officer, the Montreal police need this type of candidate who champions the cause of civil rights to rebuild bridges with communities that feel discriminated against in Montreal.

Last January, Patrick Lavallée published a book, in collaboration with Me Denis Gallant, on the powers and duties of the police in 2022.

The book is intended as an exercise in popularization of the most recent jurisprudential developments and the amendments to the Criminal Code introduced by Bill C-75.

We describe the very varied police experience of almost 25 years of Patrick Lavallée. In 2016, he was at the heart of the SPVM pilot project on intervention cameras that can be worn by patrollers in the field.

He is a candidate who has had a ton of experience in the field for more than 20 years and who has used this experience to develop his vision for the future of the police, added André Durocher. /p>

According to our research, Patrick Lavallée was appointed as an inspector to lead neighborhood station 39 in Montreal North from 2019 to 2021. Former police colleagues, still based in Montreal North and who do not have authorization to speak to the media, claim that he has prioritized the reconstruction of bridges with community organizations in the north of the metropolis.

In a series of interviews granted to various media in 2019, he said he was impressed by the number of community organizations in Montreal North. He said he saw them as partners in caring for young people from violent backgrounds.

André Durocher recalls that Mayor Valérie Plante said last spring that the next person to lead the SPVM would embody change. According to him, this new application should be taken seriously.

Contacted by email, Patrick Lavallée refused to comment on his application out of respect for the current selection process and the other candidates who wish to become head of the SPVM.

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