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Report calls for changes in Quebec’s policing model


May 25, 2021
By Canadian Press

May 25, 2021 – A new report released today says Quebec’s police forces need an overhaul to better respond to the changing nature of modern police work.

The policing committee formed at the behest of Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault found that police forces need to adapt to handle cases involving mental illness, domestic violence or cybercrime, which compose a growing percentage of their caseloads.

Its 490-page report offers 138 recommendations for reform, such as changing the police mission statement to recruiting more women and minorities.

The report suggests reducing the number of police forces in the province from 31 to 13, noting that smaller organizations don’t always have the specialized skills to conduct complex investigations.

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It also proposes integrating the anti-corruption unit known as UPAC into a larger force dedicated to cybercrime and economic crimes.

The report also says community policing needs to increasingly happen in partnership with community groups with a renewed focus on using dialogue to resolve issues.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 25, 2021.


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