I was appointed Chief of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in September 2010.
I would like to take a few minutes to explain my vision of the place and role of the SPVM in the lives of the citizens of Montréal and the related cities in the years ahead. This vision revolves mainly around an approach in which we all - police, residents, and partners - work together to maintain peace and security in our neighbourhoods.
It is clear, to me, that the quality of our relationship is rooted in mutual trust, which to my mind implies several different things.
One of those things is the quality of the relationship between SPVM officers, the public and our partners.
In terms of that relationship, the principles of the neighbourhood police, introduced over 10 years ago, have clearly proven their worth. Now we need to breathe new life into this approach by allowing our officers to focus on their role in the community and promoting greater cohesion among the various stakeholders that make up the fabric of our society, so we can work together to uphold public safety and security.
The second factor is that the SPVM has to use its resources effectively and efficiently, in response to the needs of the community.
I want to focus on developing a culture of engagement within the SPVM police and civilian staff, so we can rise to our current challenges and provide top-quality service to Montrealers.
I am well aware of the enormous expectations for our organization. That's why openness and ethics will be at the heart of my action plan. It will become our road map, and the commitment, cooperation and involvement of all SPVM employees, the public and our partners will be essential in turning that map into concrete action that will anchor the SPVM in its community.
To succeed, we need to take the time, together, to reflect, to question ourselves, and to learn from our victories as well as our mistakes.
Finally, through the transparent management of its resources and priorities, the SPVM will report on its achievements to elected officials, to municipal managers and to the public that has entrusted us with the mandate to safeguard them in their daily lives. It is critical for everyone to know and truly understand what we are doing to assume our responsibilities.
The SPVM and I need you. We are asking you to get involved by telling us your needs, your expectations, your concerns and what you would like to see change.
Public security is a shared responsibility, and together we can ensure that peace and safety continue to reign in every neighbourhood in Montréal.
Chief of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
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