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Montrealers will be consulted on the choice of the future police chief – Montreal


Montrealers will have a say in who and what kind of police chief they want to lead the senior law enforcement post of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

City officials announced that the public would be consulted through online surveys, one-on-one meetings or participation in focus groups.

Public consultations are taking place in Toronto to help decide the highest police station in the city and Montreal wants to establish a similar process.

“It’s very important that there is this consultation,” said Dominique Ollivier, president of the executive committee of Montreal, during a press conference on Tuesday.

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Fo Niemi, executive director of the Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR), applauds the effort, but says the future leader must be connected to Montreal’s ethnic communities and aware of the city’s particular needs.

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“How should the police deal with homeless people and people with mental health needs? How to defuse? How to avoid a deadly police intervention with excessive force? he said.

Ollivier says that’s the plan.

“We want the chief of the police department to listen to the people of Montreal, their aspirations, their way of seeing public safety in the coming years,” she said.

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A joint city-police forum on youth violence was recently held in Montreal, but some community groups have complained that they have been left out of the process.

SPVM observers hope that this will not happen during the next consultations.

“I really hope this is a transparent consultation and that they listen to the results,” Ted Rutland, an associate professor at Concordia University who focuses on municipal politics, told Global News. urban planning and urban safety in Canada.

The current police chief, Sylvain Caron, is due to retire on April 22. Sophie Roy will act as interim until a new permanent member is appointed.

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