Ousted police chief Philippe Pichet back in the ranks of the SPVM
< p class="sc-v64krj-0 knjbxw">Ex-Montreal police chief Philippe Pichet in October 2016
Former Montreal Police Chief Philippe Pichet, who was persona non grata with the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM ), is officially back, Radio-Canada has learned.
It was quite a turn of events for the SPVM troops on Wednesday afternoon when they learned of the return of their former director in their ranks.
The decision of the SPVM staff would have first been communicated verbally to the chief inspectors.
Unsurprisingly, the news spread like wildfire as soon as it has been passed on to their teams.
It seems that the interim director, Sophie Roy, will entrust him with the management of the gendarmerie for the south-west region. Philippe Pichet will therefore have to manage around twenty neighborhood stations, including that of the Montreal airport.
In the police ranks, the official return of the former number one of the SPVM caused general amazement.
Philippe Pichet had lost his position as chief in the wake of the crisis of confidence which shook the SPVM in 2017.
After his suspension, Mr. Pichet held a position as general manager at the City of Fermont before returning to the metropolis after a few months. The director at the time, Sylvain Caron, had entrusted him with administrative duties within the SPVM. And this, even if he had already been cleared of a disciplinary action brought by the City of Montreal.
After a few months, Mr. Pichet had filed a lawsuit against the City of Montreal, in May 2021, among other things for constructive dismissal and to claim $ 1.1 million in damages for him and his family. This lawsuit is still pending before the courts.
According to the arguments put forward by Mr. Pichet's lawyers, it was abnormal for a senior official of Mr. Pichet's caliber to be confined in functions at home and private communications with SPVM operations.
Mr. Pichet said he had no right to communicate with SPVM employees.
Philippe Pichet should take up his new duties at the beginning of October.