My portfolio on City Council is Public Safety and Transportation and, as such, I head the city’s Emergency Services Committee ensuring the best quality services to our community. This puts me in touch with our Public Safety Department, which includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Public Security and Volunteer Citizens on Patrol, (vCOP) and its director Jordy Reichson, as well as regular contact with Commander Marc Cournoyer at Police Station 9.
As chair of our Disaster Planning Committee, I work with all services behind the scenes to safeguard the residents of Côte Saint-Luc in the event of a major disaster.
While EMS is my passion, another area where I have an impact on the day-to-day lives of residents is as head of the Transportation Committee. I have spearheaded several pedestrian-safety initiatives such as our centre-of-the-road crosswalk signs, speed-reducing street line markings and bumped-out sidewalks at intersections.
As founder of vCOP, I’ve worked with outstanding members of our community to create a corps of residents to augment our sense of community safety and to be available for large scale emergencies. After just seven years, vCOP is a resounding success, the first of its kind anywhere in Quebec. More than 80 volunteers have been trained to patrol city streets and parks every day and to assist when required until arrival of emergency services.
Your City Council and I are your closest level of representation–easily accessible to you and always responsive. I invite you to share your concerns and suggestions.
- New police commander for Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West (gjnashen.wordpress.com)