Director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Message from the Director of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) plays a central role in the public’s quality of life. In the following pages, you will find the 2017 report on its activities and achievements, giving an excellent overview of what police work involves in Montréal, both in terms of quality of services and the diversity of interventions.
The SPVM is currently writing a new page of its history by reviewing its decision-making structure, with the goal of favouring greater efficiency in the circulation of information and the use of its resources.
With gender parity on its Executive Committee, the support of the managers in the different units, and the contribution of external expertise and an external point of view for the Assistant Directors, the SPVM is putting itself on the path to renewal, ready to take on the challenges that await it.
Message from the Chair of the Commission de la sécurité publique
Public security plays a major role in the public’s everyday life. Everyone has a right to expect that the police will treat the public with respect and professionalism, so that the police presence is a reassuring factor and public confidence is maintained in all circumstances.
Montréal society’s understanding of the nature and complexity of police work is therefore a prerequisite on which respect and mutual trust depend.
In this regard, the 2017 Report of the SPVM is an excellent showcase to discover the range of police work performed every day with the goal of ensuring public security throughout the territory.
With this perspective in mind, the Public Security Committee / Commission de sécurité publique (CSP) will sit in public more frequently from now on. We thus hope to improve accessibility and have the CSP serve the entire population.
By doing this, the transparency of police work and the SPVM’s accountability will live up to Montrealers’ expectations.
Chair of the Commission de la sécurité publique
The “Dare to Act” walk against elder abuse, when generations come together
On June 11, 2017, some 150 seniors took part in the seniors’ “Dare to Act” walk at Outremont park, an activity organized by PDQ 24 and the North Division, in partnership with the Outremont en famille community organization. The walk took place during the 5th annual Foulée des parcs, an urban race to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
Sporting their purple “Dare to Act” t-shirts, the seniors enthusiastically walked from 1 km to 5 km alongside regulars of the race, which draws over 2,000 participants each year. The event provided an opportunity to bring together different generations in a festive and supportive atmosphere. The walk also kicked off activities organized by the SPVM and its partners for the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Police officers of the North Division were accompanied by their colleagues from the Road safety unit, a police dog and its handler, cavalry patrollers and their mounts and police cadets.
Officers from PDQ 44 and local youth lend a hand
On August 24, 2017, police officers from PDQ 44 prepared a community meal with the help of 17-to-20-year-old youth from the Saint-Denis residential centre. The meals were then distributed to local residents in need of food assistance. They were prepared on the premises of Bouffe-Action, a community organization. The menu included everything from a cream of vegetable soup to an Asian-style stir fry and a Spanish omelette. When all when said and done, some fifty meals had been provided to the Logis Rose Virginie organization.
By working side by side with local youth and distributing meals with them to other residents of the sector, police officers were hoping to bring together groups of people of all ages, while raising the profile of the community organizations that support area residents.
PDQ 21 and Loisirs St-Jacques hold friendly sports competitions
Throughout the summer of 2017, police officers of PDQ 21 and young people from the Loisirs St-Jacques day camp hosted a street basketball competition, giving teens ages 12 to 15 the chance to showcase their talent. Every Monday, from late June to late August, officers from PDQ 21 actively participated in the friendly competition, much to the delight of the youth, who had to use their best strategies to outwit their police opponents. The goal of the exercise was to break down the prejudices some people may have when it comes to the police. For the officers, it was a great opportunity to get to know the young people and build closer ties with them.
Thanks to the generosity of a large sporting equipment distributor, the participating teens received a pair of basketball shoes.
A well-deserved recognition day for seniors at PDQ 26
On May 18, 2017, during Police Week, the first edition of a recognition day for Côte-des-Neiges seniors was hosted by the team at PDQ 26 in cooperation with local partners. The goal of the special day, which took place in a community hall in the borough, was to bring together seniors in a pleasant atmosphere to break down their isolation, generate conversation and build connections. It was also a wonderful opportunity to tackle prevention issues that affect them.
Over 200 seniors, not only from Côte-des-Neiges but also from Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lachine and Kirkland, accepted the invitation extended by the police officers. Together they shared a meal accompanied by officers and 6th grade student volunteers from a neighbourhood elementary school. They also attended a concert by the Symphonie vocale de la Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal, who performed at the event. Police officers made a brief presentation to attendees warning them about fraud and abuse affecting seniors.
Information session for partners of PDQ 7
On November 16, 2017, the team at PDQ 7 in the Saint-Laurent borough hosted a unique information session on police work for leaders and workers of different local community organizations. Mindful of maintaining good relationships with local partners and citizens, officers from PDQ 7 decided to innovate by creating a presentation on police interventions with the help of experts from the training unit. Representatives from ten organizations working on the territory among different client groups were invited to the session. The purpose of this information meeting was to demystify certain aspects of police work, including the use of force, demonstrate and explain the challenges involved in police work, share information and answer questions by participants.
The meeting was a rewarding experience for everyone involved, with participants learning a great deal about the day-to-day job of police officers. They left with the intention of sharing their new knowledge with the people in their respective organizations.
PDQ 42 pharmacy project
As part of Fraud Awareness Month, which ran from March 1 to March 31, 2017, PDQ 42 of the SPVM launched an innovative project to inform seniors, a group particularly vulnerable to fraud. The main goal of the pharmacy project was to connect with seniors by distributing a series of four pamphlets specially developed for them through the home delivery service of three partner pharmacies. Through the project, 600 kits were distributed to seniors, who would otherwise have been difficult to reach with traditional prevention activities.
The POP Glacé project wins a 2017 Mérite Ovation municipale award
PDQ 45 received the 2017 Mérite Ovation municipale award from the Union des municipalités du Québec, in the public safety category, for its POP Glacé project, which stood out for its ingenuity, transfer potential and spin-offs in the area.
In 2014, the POP Glacé project initially aimed to prevent incidents on the last day of school. This first edition was so successful that it spread to other high-volume areas. The project grew in 2017. During the summer, patrollers handed out Popsicles to the youth and their parents during special events or in the neighbourhood’s parks and schools.
The POP Glacé project promotes exchanges that are free of judgement and pressure. It helps forge ties with the community and strengthen the trust between citizens and police officers in the area. It also owes its success to the fact that it reaches certain clienteles who would not normally engage with a police officer in the street or call 911.
CACP – Montréal, host city
From July 16 to 19, 2017, the SPVM hosted the 112th annual conference of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), the theme of which was “Policing in a Digital Society”. The conference brought together more than 400 police chiefs and senior executives. At the opening, the SPVM and its partners from the Comité aviseur antiterrorisme de Montréal (CAAM) received the CACP Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness for “Montréal 360”.
30 years of partnership with Info-Crime
In 2017, the SPVM marked the 30th anniversary of Info-Crime Montréal (ICM), founded in 1987 by Alex Harper and the late Roland Bourget, former director of the Service de police de Montréal. The SPVM is proud to be part of the success of ICM. Such a partnership is unique and essential.
The SPVM celebrated several anniversaries in 2017: 10 years for the Métro Unit, 20 years for the intervention groups, 20 years for the community police model, 50 years for the arson division and 25 years for the Police Museum.
Bal en blanc to promote the well-treatment of seniors
On June 15, 2017, the SPVM neighbourhood police stations and their partners marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Police officers from the North Division held a large-scale Bal en blanc event to promote the well-treatment of elders. Some 300 seniors took part in the activity aiming to break isolation and build bridges.
Coffee with a cop
Coffee with a cop was created in the United States in 2011. The Québec version of the concept was launched in Blainville in 2014, following an initiative by six police services. Since then, 22 police forces in Québec, including the SPVM, take part in the project. In 2017, 65 Coffee with a cop activities took place in 16 neighbourhood police stations, during which Montréal police officers got to meet some 3,396 citizens.