(Quebec) Worried by the multiplication of shootings in large urban centers, Geneviève Guilbault summons the chiefs of the four main police forces to find out “their strategy” as summer approaches, during which she anticipates an increase in armed violence.
The Minister of Public Security will meet on Friday with the police chiefs of the Sûreté du Québec, the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, the Service de police de Laval and the Service de police de l’ agglomeration de Longueuil to establish a strategy and “see what they need” to face the summer which promises to be particularly busy as shootings increase in urban centers.
“Do we need something more, resources, money? Because it’s one thing to put in the money, but the strategies have to work. So I want to see [Friday morning] what their strategy is […] and if they need more, we will do more, as we have been doing since the beginning, ”promised Minister Guilbault on her way to the Blue Room.
A man was shot and killed late Thursday in the Saint-Michel district of Montreal. This is the ninth homicide to occur on the territory of the metropolis since the beginning of the year, but this drama is added to the long list of events of violence with firearms in Greater Montreal in recent days. In Laval, Tuesday, an episode of gunfire occurred in the early afternoon in the middle of a residential area.
“I want to offer my condolences to the family of the man who was killed [Thursday] in Montreal and my sympathy to all those who have been caught up in these violent events of the past two days in Laval and Montreal,” said Thursday the Minister of Public Security.
Geneviève Guilbault assures that Operation Centaure, launched last September by the Legault government, is working, citing a seizure of firearms carried out on Wednesday in Mauricie, but admits that there is a “persistent problem of armed violence in Montreal and in Laval” hence the meeting convened on Friday.
“We work a lot on prevention, on repression, on removing firearms. It gives results, but probably there are still bandits walking around, ”commented the minister responsible for the Metropolis, Chantal Rouleau.