The Montreal Police Department has announced that Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette will be leaving the Cote Saint-Luc – Hampstead – Montreal West Neighbourhood Station and will be taking command of the station in Lachine.
Commander Bissonnette has been an outstanding leader and invaluable resource to the City of Cote Saint-Luc. During his six years as local commander he made exceptional efforts to become part of the fabric of our city. I am personally appreciative of the support Commander Bissonnette has shown in my capacity as chair of the Public Safety, Transportation and Emergency Preparedness committees.
In particular, the commander has been completely supportive of our local Emergency Medical Services volunteers and Public Security agents. Moreover, he went above and beyond in his support of our volunteer Citizens on Patrol team, creating an annual police award for vCOP, coming out on evenings to help train our volunteers in surveillance and public safety strategies as well as on the history of policing, and in integrating the vCOP initiative into his vision of public protection among his local officers and across our city.
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 sergeant 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 University, 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 advice in safety and security matters and are always at public events.
We will surely miss Commander Bissonnette, a true friend of Cote Saint-Luc, and congratulate him on this promotion.
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