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Racial profiling

Illicit racial profilingAs stated in its mission and dictated by its organizational values, by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and by the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) insists that the services provided by the entire staff in all interactions with citizens be free from racial profiling.


  • 1. Definition

    Racial profiling refers to any actions taken by a person or persons in authority with regard to a person or group of people, for security or public protection reasons, based on factors such as race, colour, ethnic or national origin or religion, without a real motive or reasonable grounds for suspicion, resulting in differential examination or treatment.

    Racial profiling also includes any action by people in a position of authority who apply a measure disproportionately to segments of the population because, in particular, of their racial, ethnic or national origin or religious affiliation, real or presumed.


  • 2. Roles and responsibilities (police and civilian staff)

    The SPVM places a great deal of importance on eliminating any practices associated with illicit racial profiling. This is why the police and civilian staff are called upon to ensure their behaviour is always professional, ethical, courteous, tactful and sensitive to differences.

    • 2.1. Executive

      The SPVM executive has made a firm commitment to promote and maintain a strong stance against any type of illicit racial profiling.

    • 2.2. Managers

      All SPVM managers are responsible and accountable for offering professional service free of racial profiling.

    • 2.3. Employees

      All SPVM employees are required to perform their functions with the utmost respect for human rights and freedoms. This includes maintaining an intransigent attitude toward any type of racial profiling.


To find out more

Plan stratégique en matière de profilage racial et social (2012-2014) -Des valeurs partagées, un intérêt mutuel

Politique interne - Relations avec les citoyens

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