The decision to assign responsibilities to Philippe Pichet was not that of the SPVM
The former director of the SPVM, Philippe Pichet, would have filed a complaint for employment injury against the City of Montreal.
The decision to entrust nearly 1,000 police officers and around twenty neighborhood stations in the southwestern region of Montreal to the former director of the Police Department of the City of Montreal (SPVM), Philippe Pichet, was taken after the direct intervention of the Legal Affairs Department of the City of Montreal with the police force, learned Radio-Canada.
This information sheds new light on why the SPVM management, which had voluntarily kept Philippe Pichet on the sidelines for five years, suddenly rolled out the red carpet for him.
However, instead of taking office as planned on October 10, Philippe Pichet was instead placed on sick leave for an indefinite period under the prescription of his family doctor.
Radio-Canada has learned that strong internal negative reactions would have ruined the plans of senior management, which had given itself the impossible mission of facilitating the gradual return of Philippe Pichet to the head of 1,000 police officers and of 17 management officers.
The multiplication of negative reactions internally would have made the conditions for the return of the principal concerned toxic, who never responded to our attempts to communicate with him.
The management of the SPVM would have shown listening and empathy in the face of this situation which targeted Philippe Pichet. Proposals to facilitate his return were also reportedly made.
As the official return date approaches, Philippe Pichet is reportedly advised to be “cautious” during the first weeks after his arrival since he could not be guaranteed that he would be safe from inappropriate comments or pernicious gestures from certain officers.
After verification, the City of Montreal's Respect for Person Policy, which the SPVM must respect, stipulates that the employer must take the necessary measures to protect the health and ensure the safety and physical well-being of the worker. /p>
“Every employee has the right to a workplace free from psychological harassment.
— Article 81.19, City of Montreal's respect for persons policy
A complaint for employment injury against the City of Montreal would have been filed by Mr. Pichet on Thursday with the CNESST.
This intervention of the City's Legal Affairs Department in the management of the SPVM occurred on the sidelines of civil legal proceedings filed in recent months by Philippe Pichet, who publicly claimed to be the subject of a constructive dismissal.
Since the end of his loan of service to the City of Fermont, in January 2021, Philippe Pichet, despite his rank of chief inspector and an unblemished disciplinary file, had no access to any internal communication from the SPVM. , in addition to wanted notices.
Under former chief Sylvain Caron, he had been instructed to stay at home and, above all, not to appear in person in any installation of the Montreal police.
In addition, he was forbidden to communicate with any employee in service at the SPVM.
The City's lawyers would have recommended to the SPVM to give back real responsibilities to Philippe Pichet.
It was therefore after five years of absence from the Montreal police that Mr. Pichet was summoned by the interim director Sophie Roy and by her director deputy, Jean-Michel Sylvestre, on September 20, to speak to him the next day.
It was during a private meeting that Philippe Pichet allegedly learned that #x27;He was given an office in the southern operational center to become the manager of 1,000 police officers in 20 neighborhood stations, including the one at the Montreal airport.
Neither the SPVM nor Philippe Pichet have commented on this situation.