The Police Brotherhood open to community policing on one condition
Fady Dagher has big plans to transform the SPVM: from left to right, Martin Prud'homme, deputy director general associated with urban security in Montreal, Serge Lamontagne, director general of the City of Montreal, Fady Dagher, head of the SPVM, Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal and François Bonnardel, Minister of Public Security.
The Montreal Police Brotherhood is of the opinion that the new police chief must replenish the ranks as a priority before launching community policing projects.
Present at the swearing-in and handover ceremony for Montreal's new police chief, union leader Yves Francoeur said he was open to working closely with the new director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), Fady Dagher, over the next few years.
I had good comments about the new chef. I know him since a long time. We even worked together at the SPVM, said the president of the Brotherhood of police officers of Montreal.
Yves Francoeur, President of the Montreal Police Brotherhood
Well aware of Fady Dagher's intentions to develop local police in the metropolis as in Longueuil, but adapted to the Montreal reality, Mr. Francoeur believes, however, that the conditions are not met to carry out large-scale projects in the metropolis.
We believe that he will realize very quickly that the SPVM lacks police officers. This reality affecting our workforce will unfortunately slow down the projects he wants to put in place, says the union leader.
“Currently at the SPVM, with what we are going through in terms of urban violence and shootings, we are not in able to release field officers for a community-based policing model in the near future. »
— Yves Francoeur, President of the FPPM
Last week, the Fraternity unveiled the internal count of its members:
- January 1, 2022: 4401 police officers
- December 31, 2022: 4366 police officers
- January 11, 2023: 4,356 police officers
Retirements and officers who voluntarily leave the service to pursue careers with other organizations would continue to disrupt the ranks of the SPVM.
The Quebec government announced 450 additional police officers last August over five years. Today, we are 45 fewer police officers than at the same time last year. We are treading water. We must first work to make the SPVM more attractive to the next generation, argues Mr. Francoeur.
During his speech, the new director of police showed that he was well aware of this issue, which awaits him in the coming months at the helm of the second police department largest municipality in Canada.
He also addressed part of his speech to the aspiring police officers who could listen live on national television networks to his swearing-in.
Yes, life is more expensive in Montreal. Yes, the work is more intense, more complex, more publicized than elsewhere. You are more exposed and challenged. All of this is true, agreed director Dagher.
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal will have to replenish its ranks with aspiring police officers in the coming years in order to maintain its operations in the city.
And in a heartbeat as a police officer, he challenged the next generation who has the audacity to take up challenges.
But remember [trainee police officers] why you registered [in] police techniques. I imagine you wanted to make a difference: protect the population, fight criminals. It is here in Montreal, where 72% of crime and cases of mental health distress are found, that you can make a difference, a very big difference, added the new head of the SPVM.
During a press briefing after the ceremony, Fady Dagher said he intended to speak directly to future police officers being trained at the National Police Academy of Quebec located in Nicolet.