Fady Dagher promises a balance between repression and prevention

Fady Dagher intends to favor a more inclusive police service, capable of finding a balance between repression and prevention. Before the Commission de la sécurité publique on Thursday, the future director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) presented the approach he intended to put forward in his mandate.

In 2022, the population is less homogeneous than in the 1980s and 1990s, he said from the outset. The SPVM must therefore serve “the entire population and all populations”, taking into account citizens on the way of marginalization and those of immigrant origin.

But the SPVM must also be able to work with partners. “A police service that works in humility, in modesty, on an equal footing with partners, community groups and institutions,” he said. “I say it often, 70% to 80% of our calls are related to mental health and social aspects. It is not true that our police officers are better placed than our partners to respond to them. It takes consultation. »

Fady Dagher emphasized the need to build bridges with the population. But to do this, it is necessary to find “proactive solutions” upstream, before the crises. According to him, a balance must be found between repression and prevention.

On Wednesday, the selection committee unanimously agreed to recommend the candidacy of Fady Dagher for the position of director of the SPVM. Director of the Longueuil Agglomeration Police Service (SPAL) since 2017, Fady Dagher had previously worked for 23 years with the SPVM, notably as deputy director.

His appointment as head of the SPVM will have to be ratified by the city council and the agglomeration council and receive the approval of the Quebec government, which should materialize in January.

Further details will follow.

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