The population must also commit to their own safety, says the SPVM

As incidents involving firearms multiply in the city, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) invites the public to get involved to ensure that public spaces remain safe.

The population must also commit to their own safety, says the SPVM

As incidents involving firearms multiply in the city, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) invites the public to get involved to ensure that public spaces remain safe.

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“It is not a job alone in the police. We will say it and repeat it. What we can say to the population is to take charge of their safety. I want to tell young people to occupy the public space. The population must also commit to their own safety,” explained Anne Chamandy, director of communications at the SPVM.

Ms. Chamandy spoke before the City's Public Safety Commission, to officially present the SPVM's annual report.

In particular, it confirmed certain trends, including the increase in the number of incidents involving firearms. For the year 2021, 144 weapons dumps were recorded in Montreal, a dazzling increase compared to the year preceding it.

Wednesday morning, speaking at a meeting of its executive committee, the mayor of Montreal also delivered a similar message.

“When we talk about public security, some might be tempted to reduce this issue to, essentially, a question of police personnel. For us, it's a collaborative effort. We have to work on all levels,” explained Ms. Plante.

She expressed concern about the situation, stressing that her administration is well aware of the problem. In this regard, she recalled the establishment of the Forum for the fight against armed violence, which took place over the winter, stressing the desire to work with young people and involve them.

A bill that does not go far enough

During her visit, Ms. Chamandy also spoke about the Trudeau government's bill which aims to introduce a freeze on handguns.

"Is that enough? The answer is no,” she said. Ms. Chamandy believes, however, that this is “excellent” news, which will be beneficial for all municipalities.

“It's a step in the right direction, but we think there is still work to be done, at the federal level, to come and help with our work and scare criminals into feeling that there is really consequences for carrying illegal weapons," she said.

A position that joins that of the Plante administration, which has been campaigning for several months for the total banning of firearms in Canada. Since the announcement of the freeze, the mayor of Montreal has indicated on a few occasions that the freeze was good, but that the government must do more.

“We must continue to demand that handguns be banned. It will allow us to do work that fits over time, to ensure that our young people are in a society where weapons are not accessible, ”she reiterated Wednesday morning.

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