Service de police de la Ville de Montréal


Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Montréal Police Service
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal Logo.svg
Logo of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.
Agency overview
Formed 1865
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Montreal
Sworn members 4,600[1]
Unsworn members 1,600[1]
Agency executive Marc Parent, Director of Police
Facilities
Neighbourhood stations 49
Website
Official website

The Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) (French for City of Montréal Police Service) is the police force for the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. With about 4,400 officers and 1,600 civilian staff, it is the second largest municipal police agency in Canada after the Toronto Police Service and second largest in the province behind the Sûreté du Québec. The standard sidearm of the service is the Walther P99QA.

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Organization

The force is led by Director of Police Marc Parent.

The rank structure and current strength of the force is:

Some of the police functions carried out by the service, include:

  • Neighbourhood police officers
  • Intervention officers
  • Tactical response officers (SWAT)
  • Motorcycle officers
  • Community relations officers
  • Physical surveillance officers (shadowing)
  • Neighbourhood or Section chiefs
  • Investigators
  • Dog handlers
  • Mounted patrol officers
  • Marine patrol officers
  • Neighbourhood supervisors
  • Etc.

SPVM also has about 1,000 civilian employees, as well as about 200 police cadets.

SPVM officers are members of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de la Ville de Montréal.

Operations

The SPVM covers an area of about 496 square kilometres and 1,800,000 residents of the Greater Montreal area.

There are 49 police stations that operate within four geographical regions: East, West, North and South.

Other units of the SPVM, include:

  • Canine section
  • Horse unit
  • Nautical patrol
  • Crisis management
  • Strategic planning
  • Emergency Response Team (SWAT)
  • Forensics
  • Etc.

Fleet

A 2003-05 Chevrolet Impala police car with previous SPVM logo.
The current SPVM logo on a 2006-2009 Chevrolet Impala. The Impala is the second-best selling police car in North America.
Ford Freestar police van.
A 2005 Chevrolet Uplander police vehicle with 2008-present Police logo.
2004 Dodge Caravan police with previous police logos
Dodge Grand Caravan with new police logos.

Criticism

On 3 November 2005, the United Nations Human Rights Committee advised the Canadian government to allow an enquiry on the SPVM about its mass arrests tactic during political demonstrations.[2][3][4][5] The tactic is a rapid encirclement of as many protesters as possible regardless of how they may have conducted themselves during the demonstration, and is argued to be a violation of their fundamental rights.[6] According to Francis Dupuis-Déri, a political science professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, police officers employ this tactic because of a "deviance" radical political demonstrators pose to media, politicians and police officers themselves.[7] The SPVM was once again criticized in the aftermath of the August 10, 2008 riots, which started due to the shooting death of 18 year old immigrant Fredy Alberto Villanueva by an officer who alleged that Villanueva had severely beaten his partner and he was trying to save her.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Rapport annuel 2010" (in fr) (PDF, 663 KB). Service de police de la Ville de Montréal. 2011. p. 3. http://www.spvm.qc.ca/upload/documentations/statistiques_FR.pdf. Retrieved 2011-09-11. 
  2. ^ "L’ONU interpelle le Canada, responsable de plusieurs violations des droits et libertés". "Ligue des droits et libertés". 2005-11-03. http://www.liguedesdroits.ca/assets/files/publications/communiques/COM-2005-11-03-CDH.doc. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  3. ^ "L'ONU se penche sur les méthodes du SPVM". "LCN". 2005-11-03. http://lcn.canoe.ca/lcn/infos/regional/archives/2005/11/20051103-081622.html. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Montreal police reprimanded by UN". "The Hour". 2005-11-10. http://www.hour.ca/news/news.aspx?iIDArticle=7652. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Arrested victory". "The Mirror". 2007-06-13. http://www.montrealmirror.com/2007/060707/front.html. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  6. ^ "L’ONU blâme la police de Montréal". "Le Couac". 2006. http://www.lecouac.org/spip.php?article56. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 
  7. ^ Dupuis-Déri, Francis. "Broyer du noir: manifestations et répression policière au Québec", Les ateliers de l'éthique vol. 1, num. 1, printemps 2006,. p. 59-80
  8. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2008/08/15/mtl-villanuevashooting0815.html

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