February 26, 2019 4:10 pm
Updated: February 26, 2019 6:29 pm

Longueuil police reaching out to the community, hoping to improve relationships

The Longueuil police director, Fady Dagher explains how the new initiative will help the police reach out to the community in the hopes of improving its relationship with the public.

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The Longueuil police service is reaching out to the community in the hopes of improving its relationship with the public.

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Between February and April, the force is inviting the more than 426,000 residents on its territory — Boucherville, Brossard, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Saint-Lambert — to share their thoughts on services offered.

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“We have so many goals in starting this public dialogue,” said Longueuil police director Fady Dagher.

“We want to reinforce the bond of trust between residents and Longueuil police, encourage this relationship in the next generations of officers and change the police culture.”

Longueuil police say they want to better understand how residents view the work that they do.

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They want to also make sure to meet residents’ expectations and needs by identifying the best way to increase cooperation and encourage improved relationships between the force, community organizations and local institutions.

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“Today, we are reaffirming our commitment to offer our residents a local police service that is even better aligned with our community,” said Sylvie Parent, Longueuil mayor.

“This project will have a positive impact on all of our residents, as well as our police officers.”

Longueuil police are doing this project in collaboration with the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) — non-partisan organization whose mission is to increase citizens’ participation in democratic life.

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Residents can fill out an online questionnaire or share their thoughts at the 10 discussion forums planned across the territory; these are expected to take place between April 2 and 17.

The force will then analyze the results and release a report in June.

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The mayors of all 5 cities within the agglomeration of Longueuil were on hand for the announcement.

Brossard mayor Doreen Assaad welcomes the public forum.

“This is a fantastic step in the right direction,” Assaad said.

She says the needs of the public are evolving over time and this open dialogue will help the police understand what they can do to support the change.

Assaad is urging her residents and others to participate in the consultations,

“this is their chance to be heard,” Assaad said.

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