New head of the SPVM: balance between prevention and repression


The new head of the SPVM, Fady Dagher, wants the police force to find a balance between prevention and repression.

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“The marriage of the two is important, the marriage of the two is necessary,” explained Fady Dagher, during a public meeting Thursday morning at Montreal City Hall.

Mr. Dagher will soon become the new chief of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

His candidacy will be presented on Thursday afternoon by Mayor Valérie Plante, after being selected on Wednesday by the selection committee for the SPVM management position.


New head of the SPVM: balance between prevention and repression

Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay

The former police chief of the Longueuil agglomeration police department wants the SPVM to be “a much more inclusive police service, which understands the issues of marginalized populations, the issues of immigration, the issues of the various partners “.

“In 2022, it is necessary to be a police service that is able to serve the population, all the population and all the populations,” he specified.

He said he wanted to bring a proactive vision within the Montreal police force and work in close collaboration with community partners, particularly in mental health cases.

“It’s not true that a police officer is better placed than a partner to respond to it,” he said.


New head of the SPVM: balance between prevention and repression

Photo QMI Agency, Joël Lemay

Repression

However, the new police chief of Montreal has mentioned that we should not skimp on repression.

“When it comes to pure repression, firearms, shooting, it’s not the time for dialogue, it’s the time to intervene,” said Mr. Dagher.

As organized crime is now disorganized, “the investigative community needs extremely strong support to deal with the emergence of these problems. “, he specified.

According to Mr. Dagher, creating a social fabric in the neighborhoods is essential in order to prevent the appearance of this crime.

“It takes energy, a lot of commitment and also openness in the discussion that I will have with my troops,” he illustrated.




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