Congratulations to Montreal Police Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, who was recently invested as a Canadian Senate Knight of Justice by the Chancelor of the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St-John of Jerusalem.
Established in 1888 by Queen Victoria, the Order of St. John was incorporated into the Canadian Honours system in 1990. In addition to this Order, the Honours system includes the Order of Merit, the Order of Canada, the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, and the Royal Victorian Order.
Sylvain Bissonnette joined the Montreal Police Department (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal -SPVM) in 1989.
An extremely varied career has led him to his current position as commander at Poste de quartier (Neighbourhood Police Station) 9 (PDQ 9).
After working as a factionnaire in Parc-Extension-Villeray and downtown Montréal, he became an agent de formation. Promoted to the position of sergent in 1994, he was assigned to Outremont-Mile End. In 2000, he was transferred to the Section du traitement des appels, where he was responsible for call reconfiguration and data connections with the Section système administratif de la gestion des alarmes.
When he was promoted to the rank of commander on January 19, 2003, SPVM management entrusted him with PDQ 4 (Dollard-Des Ormeaux, Roxboro). Later he was transferred to the Division de la qualité des services, where he directed police operations over the entire territory and eventually took on responsibility for the Unité canine and Section cavalerie.
Mr. Bissonnette earned a bachelor’s degree in history at McGill Univbersity, as well as a master’s in history and a certificate in police management and security at the Université de Montréal. He wrote a book and participated in numerous documentaries on the history of the police, and is one of the co-founders of the police museum. He uses history to create bonds between the community and the police.
Commander Bissonnette has worked very hard to bring his station and police officers close to the residents of Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West. He and his brass attend regular council meetings of all three cities, participate on various committees, offer expert advise in safety and security matters and are always there at public events.
Felicitations M. le Commandant on this very prestigious award.