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March 14, 2013  By Nancy Colagiacomo

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Longueuil Police join international peace mission

SPAL (Service de Police de l’Agglomération de Longueuil) director Denis Desroches and Barbara Fleury, director general of the international police force for the RCMP, recently signed a protocol agreement.

“Without the assistance of our police partners, it would be difficult for us to favorably fulfill the international request of Canadian police officers, in number as well as in experience,” said Fleury.


“We are proud to take part in the program and we are just as eager to deploy our first agents,” added Desroches. “It is a wonderful opportunity for the SPAL officers to shine outside our country and offer invaluable help to people living in difficult contexts.”

The program offers a one year intense peace mission abroad and in-service training. Eligible officers develop leadership qualities and interpersonal skills and return with insights into another culture.

Diversity is nothing new to the SPAL; 44 of its 546 officers emanate from ethnic communities and 23 different languages are spoken.


Municipal and provincial police forces joined the international missions alongside the RCMP in 1995. There are presently nearly 155 police officers deployed in countries such as Haiti, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Ivory Coast. A total of 3,000 Canadian police officers have participated to date.


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