The Minister was in Longueuil on Tuesday to meet privately with the policeRESO. Radio-Canada had access to Ms. Guilbault’s tour.
Policing has evolved so much. It has become complex. There are now issues that our police officers must deal with even if, at the base, it is training in the gendarmerie that they receivesays Geneviève Guilbault, who granted $3.6 million in June 2021 so that the Longueuil agglomeration police department ( SPAL) detach 911 emergency calls about twenty of its agents.
” We must rethink the police intervention. We must get out of the strict mentality of repression. »
What makes the difference is having time to give to people who need it instead of always running after emergency callssaid a policewoman to Geneviève Guilbault.
But do you like it? Your tenure is different nowrelaunched the minister in an over-the-counter exchange.
We are just as busy with work, but in a different way. Each individual case can take a long time to deal with, to avoid it turning into a 911 intervention.replied another colleague.
This is the objective pursued by the director of theSPALFady Dagher, to fight crime through upstream prevention.
As psychological distress involves nearly 7 out of 10 emergency calls, the police chief is betting that his officers will be able to avoid police repression by defusing situations while they are still under control.
The community calls for more police officers RESO
At the Chez Lise homeless shelter, the two owners make no secret of it: the absence of their RESO police officer, Marylène Vandal, for a well-deserved vacation, is felt among their residents.
Our residents have adopted it so much that there is a tenant in crisis who said: “if a policeman comes in here, I’ll jump on him. But if it’s Marylène, we’ll talk”says Marie-Claude Lapointe, co-owner of Chez Lise.
Since she gives people her cell phone number, she has already defused situations just by chatting with someone on the phone.
We would like to have a second RESO police officer to fill in the absences, or who is on duty on evenings and weekends. For us, there is a before and an after, so much has this human approach to the police changed our work in the field.adds Sophie Moreau, also co-owner.
The policewoman now has her place in the dining room among everyone. She does everything. His tasks are as varied as tempering the crises that break out in certain vulnerable people or hanging curtains in the rooms.
Rosanne Bernier was homeless last fall. The lack of available affordable housing brought her to the Halte to sleep and eat there.
I thought I was going crazy. When you no longer have a home, all your pride flies away. Marylène took the first steps when she came to see me and told me that I didn’t belong in the street. She told me she was going to help me. She kept her word by finding me a room here, Chez Lise. I found my smile again. I made new friends. I call her my angelsays the lady, who never wants to go back to the streets again.
The Ministry of Public Security is considering making the pilot project permanent in Longueuil.
In the previous budget, we provided an envelope of $25 million to initiate police reform by financially supporting projects like RESO. To this must be added other amounts for domestic violence and sexual assault cases. So, we are developing the new police model that goes off the beaten trackconcluded Geneviève Guilbault.