Louise Gendron takes over as interim director of the Service de police de Longueuil
Louise Gendron has over 34 years of experience with the Longueuil Agglomeration Police Department.
In Longueuil, the police are preparing to turn the page on the Fady Dagher era. The transition began with the appointment of Louise Gendron as interim director of the Longueuil Agglomeration Police Service (SPAL). She will assume this role for a period of three months.
With a police career of 34 years in Longueuil, including 7 as deputy director, Ms. Gendron is a senior retired SPAL who has returned to service as an adviser to the management of the police force.
In July 2022, she agreed to extend her contract for a year. This was a second term for her, who had already agreed to continue for two years with the SPAL in 2020, at the time of her retirement, in order to ensure a better transition of her responsibilities.
The new director therefore knows the territory of the agglomeration very well, where she has worked for more than three decades.
She should therefore continue the police approach consultation initiated by Fady Dagher in recent years.
The RESO police pilot project, which aims to prevent crime through a psychosocial approach, welcomed its third cohort.
Before being entrusted with the management of the SPAL, Ms. Gendron worked on various projects, including the C3ESSES program (John School), the Groupe Contact project and the domestic violence file.
These three projects, like RESO, are supported and subsidized by the government authorities.
In order to avoid a difficult climate over the next few months, it has been agreed with Ms. Gendron that she will not take over as head of the SPAL on a permanent basis.
The nomination process is not yet launched that already the name of Patrick Bélanger begins to circulate behind the scenes.
The 52-year-old man was appointed, on October 20, assistant director , head of criminal investigations at SPAL.
He previously spent nearly 30 years with the Sûreté du Québec in the organized crime division and the anti-smuggling section.
Before leaving the SQ on November 4 to take office in Longueuil, he was deputy general manager there alongside Johanne Beausoleil.
Patrick Belanger left the SQ on November 4 to become the big boss of criminal investigations at SPAL.
According to our information, his track record makes him one of the most successful candidates. qualified to take the direction of the police of the agglomeration of Longueuil.
He would advocate the same approach as Fady Dagher to prevent crime.
Our sources tell us that he himself sent a representative of the SQ on loan to observe the deployment of the first cohort of RESO police officers at the SPAL, in 2021.
Under his leadership, it is said that the sustainability of the concerted policing project would be assured, despite the departure of Fady Dagher.
Contacted by Radio-Canada, Mr. Bélanger did not did not wish to comment on the information on his possible candidacy.
The nomination process should be launched in early 2023.