This major portfolio presents a few of the less well known highlights about our organization. To learn more about the prevention programs set up by the police service and the changing portrait of crime, please read the news release and the Annual Report.
In the four regions of the island of Montréal, we logged 127,353 hours of foot patrol, 23,806 hours of bicycle patrol, and 5,375 hours of patrol in the metro. A general reduction in crime and other infractions of the Criminal Code was also recorded in our territory in 2009.
In addition to these achievements, we strengthened our international presence by increasing the number of officers taking part in foreign missions and participating in the Police Platform for Urban Development (Safer Cities) as an expert on neighbourhood policing and urban security.
The Éclipse squad continued to support all units of the Service and made significant progress on the issue of street gangs (702 arrests for various reasons, 56 charges laid, 9 firearms and 78 bladed weapons seized).
A new service was added in 2009 to support the PDQs in crowd control operations: the Brigade urbaine or urban brigade. Last year, 778 crowd control operations were carried out, including:
14 commercial operations
A new function was created in nine sensitive sectors in the aftermath of the events in Montréal-Nord. The new civilian dialogue counsellors work directly with the police stations and are mandated to:
At the same time, the SPVM teamed up with partners to find fair, lasting solutions to the problems of specific groups that disrupt the public order or commit crimes because of their state of health or social condition, to help them stop breaking the law. To this end, the police service took part in programs for homeless people and people struggling with mental problems.
Our organization also advances by adopting new technological tools. In 2009, we made several new additions:
M-IRIS (Montréal - Inscription et Recherche de l'Information sur la Sécurité or security information registration and search)
Geolocation of patrol vehicles
Licence plate recognition system
Technology and client service
The SPVM provides ongoing support for our members, training them and providing the tools they need to fulfil their role by constantly adapting to the environment.
Officer assistance program
Workplace health and safety
Training to keep our members up to date with the best practices:
By the end of 2009, 92% of the staff of all categories had taken the course titled "Intervention in a changing society."
Applied ethics: we developed reflection sheets and videos on various topics, to help officers recognize ethical issues and potential negative consequences.
The research team supports our members by keeping them informed about police best practices and analysing issues specific to our territory. Here are some of the team's main achievements in 2009:
Profile of 33 neighbourhood stations
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