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Montreal’s new police chief says the force must be more proactive and innovative to deal with the current reality.
“What worries me is that, unfortunately, we react to crises, but we’re able to be there before the crises occur,” Fady Dagher told Montreal’s permanent commission on public security Thursday. “We have to get closer to the community outside 911 calls.”
Dagher was officially nominated to the job as the chief of the Montreal police force Thursday morning. He will leave his current job as chief of the Longueuil police force.
He said he intends to reach out to the city’s many communities and community organizations in order to adopt a “village” mentality.
The city executive committee, Montreal city council and the island agglomeration council have to vote on the nomination of police chief. The votes are expected to take place before Dec. 22. Premier François Legault’s cabinet must also approve the choice — a decision that’s expected in January.
Dagher joined the Longueuil police department as chief in February 2017. Before that, he spent 25 years with the Montreal police department, including four years as assistant director.
As chief of Longueuil police, Dagher was known for reaching out to minority communities as well as creating an innovative program, Policiers RÉSO, in which 24 officers were on duty, unarmed and without their uniforms, as part of an experiment aimed at increasing the involvement of police at the community level.
Dagher is the first person born outside of Canada to be named as Montreal police chief. He was born in Lebanon and grew up in the African country of Côte d’Ivoire.
Longueuil said it will announce the details of the transition within its police force at a later date.
This report will be updated.
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