The long road to the swearing in of the next head of the SPVM
Marc Parent was chosen to lead the SPVM in 2010.
Candidates who have the ambition to become the next chief of the Montreal Police Service will have to prove themselves and undergo a rigorous reputational examination.
Anie Samson, the former vice-president and head of public security in Montreal, knows something about it.
After the call for candidates, there is a committee of city human resources officials who will analyze the most interesting candidates for the selection committee. In the end, there are only five people left, at most, who will have the chance to appear before the selection committee, explained Ms. Samson, now retired from municipal politics.
Anie Samson was vice-president of the executive committee and responsible for public security in Montreal.
Before being able to pass their interview, the five finalists will have to submit to very advanced psychometric tests developed by an external firm. A reputation test, also mandatory, will examine the candidate's direct or distant friendships, family members and personal relationships, the candidate's financial status, etc. Checks go as far as references in the respective workplaces.
Thereafter, the five finalists have about twenty minutes to sell their experience, to explain in an interview why they want the title of director, what is their vision of the SPVM, adds Ms. Samson. The other 60 minutes are devoted to the various questions of the selection committee.
This committee will be made up of Martin Prud'homme, the deputy director general for urban security, a director of human resources, the head of public security Alain Vaillancourt, the president of the Commission de la sécurité publique Daphney Collin and a member of the official opposition, in this case Abdelhaq Sari.
A few days after the round of interviews, the Committee members receive the finalists' psychometric results. The external firm comes to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each. The same goes for the security test, to determine if there is a risk to the reputation of the City and the SPVM, remembers Anie Samson.
The swearing-in of a police chief in Montreal is a very symbolic moment. Several Quebec police forces had traveled in September 2010 to attend that of Marc Parent.
At the end of the exercise, the former politician says that only two names among the five finalists go to the office of Mayor Valérie Plante to discuss their candidacy.
The final choice must be ratified by the executive council of the City of Montreal and the Council of Ministers in Quebec. These steps are decisive in confirming the person in their new role.
I think the next police chief will continue and improve the community approach started a few years ago with former director Marc Parent. When I was an elected official, it was really him who instilled in the SPVM culture the importance of developing relationships to get closer to the various communities in the city. With Fady Dagher, I had set up a lot of projects that had brought us closer to young people in the north of Montreal, says Anie Samson.
Sworn in as director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal in September 2010, Marc Parent remembers the process that led him to head the organization.
I think that any candidate who is going to embark on the leadership race must do a reflection upstream in order to define the reasons for which he wants this position. You become a public figure. People have very high expectations of you. And you have an obligation to deliver results. All your decisions are analyzed, shared Marc Parent, now CEO of the Commissionaires du Québec.
The position of director of the Police Department of the City of Montreal is the most publicized because of the population base and the presence of national media in the metropolis.
When you become Montreal's Chief of Police, you become the trustee of the SPVM. The responsibility and accountability for the organization rests with you, he added. Your first responsibility is the safety of the population. The person who will be chosen must be unifying, both for the community and for the police troops. You have to give a sense of fairness to young people, citizens and police officers alike.
Marc Parent was Montreal's Chief of Police from 2010 to 2015.
During his tenure, Mr. Parent received several accolades from community and cultural groups in Montreal, including in 2015, during the 24th edition of Black History Month.
According to our information, Sylvain Caron had expressed the wish, upon his retirement, that his successor would come from the organization of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.
< p class="e-p">A point of view shared by Yves Francoeur, the president of the Fraternity of the policemen and policewomen of Montreal.
This time, the Service has enough people ready and competent to find the next director or the next director […], he said.
< p class="e-p">Sophie Roy, Acting Director of SPVM
SpVM Acting Director Sophie Roy
It was before her management committee on Tuesday that current interim director Sophie Roy confirmed information that had been circulating for some time: she wants to start in the SPVM leadership race.
When she became interim chief, she told Radio-Canada that she wanted to ensure a healthy transition for Sylvain Caron's successor.
As of June, she would have started the reflection to remain in post to continue what she started in the interim.
With 34 years of service, she is renowned for having a great knowledge of the organization of the SPVM. Our sources tell us that the Plante administration also appreciates his work. During her career, Ms. Roy had to manage the 39 neighborhood station in Montreal North during the crisis following the Villanueva affair.
In 2018, Martin Prud'homme, who is now Deputy Director General for Urban Security in Montreal, chose her to reform the Division of internal affairs of the SPVM, dismantled after the 2017 crisis of confidence.
Those around her describe her as a woman capable of imposing her leadership in a predominantly male profession. It is said “that she knows how to stand up”, if anyone tries to interfere in her management.
If she officially became the director of the SPVM, she would write a double page of history by being the first woman to take the interim of the Montreal police, then to become its chief.
Vincent Richer, Deputy Director, Head of Corporate Services
Vincent Richer, deputy director of the SPVM
Also according to our information, two candidates who are currently on the SPVM's management committee had submitted their candidacies when the selection process was put on hold by the Plante administration in order to proceed with public consultations.
< p class="e-p">Vincent Richer is one of them. He is one of the current assistant directors and is responsible for corporate services.
According to our information, Mr. Richer has a solid reputation with the country's police forces. He would also have an avant-garde vision of police culture and in matters of racial profiling.
Discreet, but pragmatic, it is said that he would be the type of manager capable of transforming the organizational culture.
It was he who coordinated the drafting committee for the new SPVM policy on arrests.
Mr. Richer was the candidate that outgoing director Sylvain Caron had recommended to the City of Montreal to succeed him, before he left for retirement last spring.
Vincent Richer spoke on numerous occasions to comment on behalf of the SPVM on the situation of armed violence in the metropolis. He is perfectly bilingual.
Anne Chamandy, Director of Communications, Business Practices, Partner Relations
Anne Chamandy is the new director of communications for the SPVM.
Like the Sûreté du Québec with Johanne Beausoleil at its head, the Montreal police could be led by a civilian candidate.
Anne Chamandy was seen as Sylvain Caron's confidant when he was head of the SPVM. Since 2018, she has risen very quickly through the ranks of the organization to join the management committee. She is said to be a very influential member of the management committee.
Ms. Chamandy currently holds the position of Director of Communications, Business Practices and Partner Relations.
Before earning her stripes, she spent several years with the various investigative units at the Major Crimes Division of the Montreal police.
A criminologist by training, she would have a vision of the police centered on rapprochement with the different communities of the metropolis. She would be sensitive to the issues of racialized and discriminated groups and is also the only internal candidate from cultural minorities.
According to our information, she would have won the confidence of the Brotherhood of Policemen and Policewomen de Montréal because of the opportunities she took to defend the interests of the SPVM.