Police Service at Airport | “Only SPVM can ensure security”

Police Service at Airport |  “Only SPVM can ensure security”

The Brotherhood of Montreal Police Officers is concerned about the possible consequences of SPVM losing the police service contract for Montreal-Trudeau Airport.

In a letter to Mayor Valérie Plante, Yves Francoeur, president of the Fraternité, argued that airports were a privileged target “in matters of terrorism.” In a terror case, he argues, “every minute counts [et] Ensuring optimal response time is essential.”

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Montreal-Trudeau Airport

This is why the Montreal City Police Service (SPVM) must maintain control of security, he argues: “Only effective communications can intervene quickly and control or neutralize the threat, ‘the importance of operating on the same radio frequency, which is not possible with another police force. »

Montreal Airport (ADM) has launched a call for tenders to evaluate the offers of other police forces – the submission period closes on June 7. By turning to the mayor, the police union hopes to gain his support for renewing the contract, “specifically [assurer] Protection of citizens.

“Expert Expertise”

In his argument, the union leader highlighted the SPVM’s “deep expertise” in terms of security in the airport environment “with particularity”. According to him, this will be the only police force capable of carrying out this task at the airport, where about 22 million passengers pass through annually.

Over the years, the police unit designated for security in Montréal-Trudeau has “implemented many tools and approaches.” However, these can only be used effectively “as part of an integrated vision and global public safety service on the Island of Montreal”.

“In a case like this, the safety of travelers and the citizens of Montreal must take precedence over all other considerations,” Mr. Francoeur says its organization has more than 4,200 members.

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