(Quebec) Concerned about the rise in shootings in major urban centers, Geneviève Guilbault is calling on the heads of the four main police forces to figure out “their strategy” as the summer approaches, when she expects an increase in armed violence.
Posted at 10:55am
The Minister of Public Safety will meet 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 on Friday to set out a strategy and “see what they need” to face the summer, which promises to be particularly busy as shootings in urban centers increase.
“Do we need anything else, resources, money? Because investing money is one thing, but the strategies have to work. so i want to see [vendredi matin] what is your strategy […] and if they need more, we will do more, as we have done from the start,” promised Minister Guilbault on her way to the Blue Room.
A man was shot dead in the Saint-Michel neighborhood of Montreal late Thursday night. This is the ninth homicide in metropolitan territory since the beginning of the year, but this drama adds to the long list of gun violence incidents in the greater Montreal area in recent days. A series of shots erupted in the middle of a residential area in Laval on Tuesday afternoon.
“I would like to express my condolences to the family of the deceased [jeudi] in Montreal and my condolences to all who have been affected by these violent events over the past two days in Laval and Montreal,” the Minister of Public Safety said on Thursday.
Geneviève Guilbault assures that Operation Centaur, launched by the Legault government last September, is working and cites a firearms seizure carried out in Mauricie on Wednesday, but admits there is an “ongoing problem of armed violence in Montreal and in Laval” gives meeting convened on Friday.
“We work a lot on prevention, repression, firearms removal. There are results, but probably there are still bandits walking around, ”commented, for her part, the Minister in charge of the metropolis, Chantal Rouleau.