The end of the summer season also marks the end of the 2010 urban brigade. The commander, lieutenant, 4 cavalry officers, 26 bicycle officers and 90 cadets that make up the Brigade urbaine provided services from May 14 to September 17.
Its main mission is to manage crowd control services during festivals, provide support at neighbourhood stations during local events, and finally, run prevention programs, especially related to road safety.
Increase in requests for assistance
The summer season wrapped up on a very positive note for the brigade. Buoyed by its success the previous summer, the brigade covered over 180 events across the territory by the end of August. This is a significant increase over last year: the brigade received 80% more requests for assistance in 2010.
Visibility across the entire territory
Although special attention was paid to the downtown area, and especially the brand-new Quartier des spectacles, where most of the large festivals take place, the brigade’s operations extended across the entire SPVM territory.
Practically speaking, despite the marked increase in requests, we wanted to raise our visibility by visiting all of the neighbourhood stations. During our visits, we focused on high-visibility operations, such as pedestrian safety at high-risk intersections.
The Brigade urbaine’s visits were distributed as follows:
A new activity this year offered exploratory visits to the various units to allow the cadets to learn more about the internal workings of our organization.
For cadets, this is often the first contact with the reality of police work. Since 80% of the brigade’s cadets are studying to become police officers, we designed this activity to help welcome them to our ranks.
Thanks to the participation of the unit chiefs, they also had the chance to visit several units, including the Division du renseignement, the GTI, the Division du crime organisé and the Section des crimes majeurs.
The growing number of requests for the brigade’s services attests to its success. Its strength is now recognized and considered a critical component for managing large events and visibility. The 2010 Brigade built on its reputation by demonstrating expertise, training its personnel and increasing awareness in all of the neighbourhood stations.
Here are some numbers to show just what the brigade accomplished:
• 129 arrests
• 692 call responses
• 124 routine investigations
• 180 crowd control events
• Bicycle officers: 6,881 hours
• Mounted officers: 724 hours
• Officers on T3s: 274 hours
• Officers on foot: 3,613 hours
• Cadets on foot: 24,065 hours
• Metro visits: 1,321 hours
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