Public consultations: Montrealers want a future police chief close to them

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Public consultations: Montrealers want a future police chief close to them

The next person to don the epaulets of Montreal police chief should be chosen by December.

Following a public consultation process lasting almost three months, the profile and skills of the next chief of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM ) are now known, learned Radio-Canada.

According to our information, two consultation reports were produced by the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM). The conclusions of the two documents would lead to the conclusion that the population as well as the SPVM police officers want the next police chief to be transparent in his management and that he be, especially in 2022, an excellent communicator.

After Toronto, which chose to consult its population last year to choose its future police chief, let us remember that Montreal decided last April to follow in its footsteps to fill the position. left vacant by the retirement of Sylvain Caron.

The city's human resources department has recommended that the administration retain the services of an outside firm to ensure that the process is rigorous and impartial, explained a source familiar with the public consultations, but who does not have permission to speak to the media.

According to the conclusions of these consultations, the person who will be chosen by December to lead the Montreal police will have to demonstrate exceptional communication skills, as they will be called upon to speak publicly very often, in addition to to commit to public accountability and transparency.

This desire to communicate more would be shared by the SPVM police officers who also participated in the public consultations. They would demand of the future leader to be able to embody the pride of the uniform, to defend them and to explain the reality of their work to the population.

To do this, the next director of the SPVM must, according to the research report, have a perfect command of French and English in order to speak directly to the entire population of Montreal.

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Also according to our information, the municipal administration also has expectations regarding the communication skills of the next leader. Elected officials want the latter to be able to popularize Montreal's plan to combat armed violence and to explain to residents of the metropolis “what is going well and what is going wrong”.

I think the City is going to want to hire a leader who embodies a vision for the future of policing. In the municipal apparatus, the feeling is that we want to embody change. Not to put in office a nostalgic candidate of the way of doing the police of 5-6 years ago. The business is changing rapidly. Today, we are in 2022, commented this same source in the file.

It therefore appears that the next police chief will have to be transparent both with his population than with its police officers regarding its management of the SPVM.

Moreover, the police officers and their union would have demanded a more democratic management of their organization with regard to the granting of promotions from within, without favoritism and by favoring police officers who meet the required skills.

Still according to our information, more than 70 people were surveyed by an external firm to come to these conclusions. Thus, 7 discussion groups made up of police officers and SPVM executives, in addition to the Brotherhood of Police Officers, were interviewed. Cultural communities and community organizations as well as members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community also participated in these discussion groups.

“Commissioners responsible for relations with Indigenous peoples and engaged in the fight against systemic racism and discrimination were consulted so as not to forget any civil society group.

—A source close to the case

In addition, 767 residents of the island of Montreal, specifically targeted by the firm BIP Research, were consulted after having been chosen according to their age, sex, mother tongue, ethnic origin and income. The telephone interviews lasted about twelve minutes and the online forms contained 22 questions, including 3 semi-open-ended, for comments.

A source familiar with the matter assures that the Population sampling and methodology are rigorous. The margin of error for sampling would be 3.5%, 19 times out of 20.

According to this research report, 9 out of 10 Montrealers would like communication, transparency and accountability to be prioritized, even before management skills.

It would matter in particular, among the youngest respondents to the public consultations, that the person who will become head of the SPVM be able to fully understand the social issues of the city, be able to demonstrate sensitivity in terms of systemic racism and have a strong sense of social justice .

Behind the scenes, it was rumored that a Caucasian, male, 50-something with a career in the police would have no chance of being selected at the end of the committee Selection.

This information has been denied.

The Plante administration is not in cosmetic operation. Whether the next leader is black, Asian, gay or straight doesn't matter. The City will not stop at the mere appearance of a candidate. It is the qualities demonstrated in an application that will be taken into consideration, commented our informant, still on condition of anonymity.

“What is sought is a quality person who will have a fine knowledge of social issues in Montreal, and who will have a sensitivity to social justice and systemic discrimination. We are talking about a person who will represent Montrealers. Embodying change, that is. »

— A source close to the case

It is said that the public hearings will be used to prepare the interviews to find the rare pearl. The City hopes that quality candidates will come forward to lead the SPVM.

The Institut du Nouveau Monde would also have come to the conclusion, in its research report, that the next leader will have to face major public safety issues.

Starting with armed violence, which would be the main concern of the population.

Now that the Government of Quebec has granted 250 million more to the city to combat armed violence, the next leader will have to have a vision and propose a concrete plan to Montrealers whose sense of security has been shaken by the gunfire of the past two years.

In terms of prevention, several civilian stakeholders demanded that the next director of police in Montreal commit to rebuilding bridges with marginalized and discriminated populations in Montreal.

The discussion groups would also have raised the issues of the deterioration of social cohabitation, the rise of cybercrime and the increase in hate crimes.

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal is the largest municipal police force in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, after Toronto.

The City of Montreal should make public the x27;posting of the post of Director by the end of October, one month ahead of schedule.

Sophie Roy , 2022-

First woman to lead the Montreal police, Sophie Roy has been acting as head of the SPVM since last April.

Sophie Roy marked the history of the Montreal police by becoming the first woman to lead the Police Department of the City of Montreal. Although her mandate is interim, she inherited hot issues such as armed violence, the fight against arms trafficking, the lack of police personnel and the departure of police officers who leave to pursue their police careers elsewhere. than in Montreal. During her career, she had to manage the post of district 39 after the death of Danny Villanueva in Montreal North. She also had the mandate to rebuild the internal affairs division at the request of Martin Prud'homme, in 2018. She has a 34-year career at SPVM.

Sylvain Caron, 2018-2022

Sylvain Caron, who led the SPVM from 2018 to 2022, is now retired.

Sylvain Caron was appointed Deputy Director in 2018 during the interim of Martin Prud'homme. A career police officer with the Sûreté du Québec, he had just retired from the position of Deputy Director General when he accepted the challenge of leading the SPVM. The City of Montreal recommended his appointment to the Government of Quebec to take over from Martin Prud'homme who wanted to return to the Sûreté du Québec after his one-year interim term.

Martin Prud'homme, 2017-2018

Martin Prud'homme served as interim director of the SPVM from December 2017 to November 2018. He is now Deputy Director General for Urban Security in Montreal.

Nicknamed the “super cop”, Martin Prud'homme led the SPVM in December 2017, after a crisis of confidence that had just cost his predecessor Philippe Pichet the job. At the request of the Minister of Public Security, Martin Coiteux, Mr. Prud'homme had to reorganize the organization chart of the Montreal police and rebuild the internal affairs division to put an end to the clan wars that broke out in the public square.

Philippe Pichet, 2015-2017

Philippe Pichet headed the SPVM from 2015 to 2017. He is now chief inspector in the south-west region of the SPVM.

Appointed under the era of former mayor Denis Coderre, Philippe Pichet will have had a stormy mandate by inheriting the consequences of the clan war that has been raging for several years within the Montreal police. At the end of a turbulent year in 2017, he was removed from his duties as chief of police after the filing of Me Michel Bouchard's report submitted to the Ministry of Public Security. Mr. Pichet has never been found liable for any wrongdoing. He now directs nearly 2,000 police officers and twenty neighborhood stations in the south and west of Montreal.

Marc Parent, 2010-2015

Marc Parent was Montreal's Chief of Police from 2010 to 2015. He is now the CEO of the Commissionaires du Quebec.

Marc Parent's tenure was marked by mass arrests during Maple Spring in 2012, the deaths of homeless people killed by police officers, as well as the records of corrupt police officers Ian Davidson and Benoît Roberge. At loggerheads with former mayor Denis Coderre, he decided to retire after 31 years of service, even though he was well liked by his police troops.

Yvan Delorme, 2005-2010

Yvan Delorme headed the SPVM from 2005 to 2010. Now retired, he went into business, producing cannabis to supply the SQDC.

At 47, he became the youngest chief to be named head of the Montreal police. Chief Inspector in the Operations Division, he spent a good part of his police career fighting organized crime and drug trafficking. He retired for personal reasons when the SPVM was embroiled in controversy. It was in May 2010, a month after La Presse had made revelations of fraud on the former BCIA agency which also provided surveillance of the buildings of the SPVM. He is now the majority shareholder of Qc Gold Tech, a cannabis supplier that supplies the SQDC.

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