Public Security Agent named Employee of the Month, Speed trailer on the road

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The Cote Saint-Luc Public Safety department is very proud to have two of its members named as the city’s Employee of the Month in the first six months since the program was launched.

Dispatcher Vlad Rudakov won the prize in February, and July, Public Security agent Ivan Miller was named Employee of the Month for July.

What is most astonishing about Ivan’s nomination is that it came from the public. Two residents who saw
Ivan in action took the time to call and let us know about his tact, professionalism and dedication to the
city and its citizens. Congratulations Ivan!

Speed trailers deployed

The nice weather brings tons of kids out onto the streets to play with friends, ride their bikes and enjoy
summer. Unfortunately, some motorists find it is also an opportunity to develop a heavy foot and speed
on our residential streets where kids play. Always focused on the safety of our residents, our two portable
radar trailers have been deployed all month to remind motorists to slow down and respect the speed
limits. Look for these trailers on our streets until the first snow falls.

 

CSL Public Safety agent Ivan Miller recognized as Employee of the Month

Public Safety initiatives keep our city safest all around

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2016 was a great year for the Public Safety Department and each of its divisions.

Our EMS volunteers responded to 2,812 medical calls – providing lifesaving assistance to those in need –
and the volunteers provided more than 20,000 hours of service to the community. That is not counting
the additional hours that were spent in training and on administration.

Public Security answered 2,687 calls, not counting their regular patrol routine such as illegally parked cars,
patrols of local parks, visits to municipal buildings and more. In total, our agents wrote more than 8,500
parking tickets. I regularly mention that all of these tickets are completely avoidable. Don’t park in no parking zones!

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Our vCOP corp of volunteers were out in force as well, clocking in more than 7,000 hours of community service and an immeasurable number of open garage doors!

Our dispatch centre held it all together, answering 36,497 phone calls, on top of dispatching our EMS,
Public Security and vCOP resources all over town.

Glenn J. Nashen consults with the dispatcher in the CSL Emergency Communications Centre

Glenn J. Nashen consults with the dispatcher in the CSL Emergency Communications Centre

The Public Safety Department faced a number of emergency situations, including a number of fires, inclement weather storms, power outages and gas leaks.

Former Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne

Former Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne

There are a number of exciting projects in the works for 2017, including the return of Emergency Services
/ Public Safety Day after a six year absence.

Have you had any positive and memorable experiences with our Public Safety crews? Please share your comment.

Three cheers for CSL Public Safety teams

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The Public safety Team: Mayor and Council join the volunters from EMS and the Public Security Agents and Dispatchers for a festive gathering (Photo CSL Comms)

The Public safety Team: Mayor and Council join the volunteers from EMS and the Public Security Agents and Dispatchers for a festive gathering (Photo CSL Comms)

The Cote Saint-Luc Emergency Medical Services volunteers threw an impressive home-made dinner celebration for their volunteer corps along with the Public Security Agents and Emergency Dispatchers. The banquet hall at the Aquatic and Community Centre was the venue for a tasty buffet dinner, all of it cooked up by a volunteer team of amateur chefs that could have doubled for professional caterers.

The Public Safety Kitchen Crew: Mark Metivier (EMS Captain of Education), Robert Rousseau (Captain of Operations), Brandon Luden (Captain of Logistics), Christiane Poirier (Lieutenant of Education), Marvin Zwikler (Lieutenant of Operations), Eddy Afram (EMS member).

The Public Safety Kitchen Crew: Mark Metivier (EMS Captain of Education), Robert Rousseau (Captain of Operations), Brandon Luden (Captain of Logistics), Christiane Poirier (Lieutenant of Education), Marvin Zwikler (Lieutenant of Operations), Eddy Afram (EMS member).

The Luden family stands out as unique among our Public Safety family. Erwin Luden and I go way back to the days of the CSL Emergency Measure Organization. While I volunteered all my free time (and then some) to cover first responder shifts on our Rescue-Medical-Fire vehicle, Erwin gave freely of his time patrolling the streets in a green pickup truck as part of our Auxiliary Security Patrol. Dressed in brown uniforms with yellow stripes we were well-known and appreciated by the residents back then.

Now, fast forward 36 years and Luden is still surveying the city but now as a professional Public Security Agent with the power to enforce municipal bylaws and to issue contraventions for infractions (write tickets!).

Meanwhile, his two sons, Brandon and Jordan, are active volunteers at CSL EMS. Brandon has been around for several years holding officer positions. I’m sure Jordan will follow suit in this noble cause.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with the Luden Men: Proud Public Security Agent Irwin Luden and EMS sons Brandon and Jordan.

Cllr. Glenn J. Nashen with the Luden Men: Proud Public Security Agent Erwin Luden and EMS sons Brandon and Jordan.

And, not to be outdone by her brothers, Gillian Luden has been serving in the IDF for the past year. Hopefully she’ll be back one day and choose between joining CSL Public Security or EMS! Clearly, Bernice, the Luden mom, has done some very good work in raising these kids (with Erwin doing the enforcement I’m sure!).

 

EMS volunteer Shelson Goldberg will soon celebrate his 29th anniversary of service. Pictured here with longtime medic and friend Hershey.

EMS volunteer Sheldon Goldberg will soon celebrate his 29th anniversary of service. Pictured here with longtime medic and friend Hershey Shaffer.

 

Sheldon Goldberg is no ordinary volunteer. Despite a family business to run, children to watch over and leadership responsibilities at Montreal’s Hatzolah rescue squad, Sheldon has been donning his CSL EMS uniform every week for an incredible 29 years.  way to go Shloime! Biz a hundred und tzvantzik!

Seasoned EMS volunteer Yvan Martinbault with Cllr. Ruth Kovac

Seasoned EMS volunteer Yvan Martinbault with Cllr. Ruth Kovac

Yvan Martinbault is a bailiff by day and a long serving CSL EMS medic by night. I worked for over a year with Yvan covering EMS shifts about eight years ago. He is a polished, skilled and calm medic who is dedicated to his pastime and to our residents. In his free time, Yvan has served on the Canadian Ski Patrol (my alma mater, where I served for five years as Assistant Patrol leader in Laurentian Division at Mont Alta). For the past many years Yvan has served on the local patrols at La Reserve and Mont-Graceau in St. Donat. Bravo Yvan.

These are just a few profiles of an otherwise great group of man and woman, each with an equally interesting story. I congratulate them all.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom is responsible for EMS and Public Security along with Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom is responsible for EMS and Public Security along with Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert.

Mayor Mitchell Brownstein addressed the party-goers and said that we are all here as a large family, taking care of one another and supporting each other. “We cannot change the past, we cannot predict the future, but we can enjoy this moment, together, like one big family,” Brownstein said.

Cllr. Sam Goldbloom currently handles the Public Safety dossier on council overseeing EMS, Public Security and Emergency Communications, a position I have held almost uninterrupted (save for a brief Montreal merger) since 1990. I continue to oversee volunteer Citizens on Patrol and Emergency Preparedness. Cllr. Ruth Kovac has been involved in this area as well throughout the years.

Sam and I work closely with the dynamic duo of  Public Safety Director Jordy Reichson and Chief Philippe Chateauvert. Jordy and Philippe oversee 150 volunteers and a professional staff of about 20.

At this time of year it is a good opportunity to say thank you to all of these fine folk for doing their part in keeping Cote Saint-Lucers safe and secure. They’re patrolling our streets, watching over our property, helping us when needed most and ensuring that we continue to live in the best city around. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy New Year to each of you. Un gros merci!

Nashen commends rescue services after windstorm

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Free Press. Nov. 19, 2013. Click to enlarge.

Free Press. Nov. 19, 2013. Click to enlarge.

Public Security agents enforcing local bylaws

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Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne

Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne

While I’m often asked about the issuance of tickets in Cote Saint-Luc it can be said that many of thee are a voluntary tax.  If motorists respect the bylaws that are in place for the safety and security of all there would hardly be a need to issue a ticket in the first place.

That said, the CSL Public Security department issues hundreds of tickets each month for vehicles parked in handicap spots without the required permit, parking in emergency lanes (the area marked as no parking in reserve for fire trucks and other emergency responders in front of buildings), parking in bus stops or otherwise blocking traffic.

CSL PS routinely patrols school zones (in fact they’re at a different local school every morning) along with the Montreal Police Department. Day in and out there are parents illegally parked in front of schools making it more dangerous for all the kids going to and coming from school.  The schools as well as parents and local residents regularly ask for increased patrols and enforcement in these important spots.

CSL PS only issues tickets for non-moving violations and other municipal bylaws.  The police are uniquely mandated to enforce moving violations under the Quebec Highway Safety Act.

For more information on municipal bylaws including parking, traffic and public safety, click here.  Obey the signs and rules of the road and save yourself the cost of an unnecessary ticket.

Photo of the Week #19: Elvis is in the City

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Cote Saint-Luc Public Security officer Jean-Noel Champagne

John-Noel Champagne is a very familiar face to anyone who has lived or worked in Cote Saint-Luc over the last three decades.  He is also known simply as Johnny and even as Elvis thanks to his iconic sideburns and for his occasional and exclusive performances on stage as “The King of Rock and Roll”.

Champagne has been employed with the City of Cote Saint-Luc as a Public Security officer for the last 31 years.  The beginning of his career he was actually employed by Pinkerton Security and subsequently Unique Security.  Cote Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West Public Security officers were absorbed into the Borough’s staff at the time of the municipal mergers in 2002, and remained as city staff after demerger in 2006.

As a bylaw enforcement officer Johnny is an extraordinary ambassador of goodwill and neighbourliness.    He prefers to enforce through friendly dialogue and education.  Johnny is well-known for his ability to neutralize stressful situations through his calm approach.  He has also helped to train many rookies in this style of customer service and respectful dialogue.  This has helped make him a very likable character to residents, police officers, staff and volunteers.

Having spent so many years in this city, Johnny describes the residents as wonderful people.  “The residents, the parks, the city, are all magnificent here,” he said. “I too have lived here for 12 years,” Champagne beams with great pride.  “The residents are warm and welcoming. I love this city.”

Photo of the Week #2: Calling all cars

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Photo of the Week #2

Just 3 years old, Jeremy, hopes to trade in his wagon for one just like Cote Saint-Luc Public Security Agent Erwin Luden.