SPVM Stations 9, 11 to merge

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The Suburban has been informed by a well-placed source that the process is underway for SPVM Station 9 in Côte St. Luc and Station 11 in NDG to merge.

From what we have heard so far, the new merged station will be located at Station 9’s current location, at the corner of Westminster and Côte St. Luc Road. Station 9 serves Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West.

But we have heard concerns expressed that there will not be a police station situated in NDG for the first time and that there will be less police presence in Côte St. Luc, notwithstanding the station’s planned location.

The Suburban has placed calls to Côte des Neiges-NDG Mayor Sue Montgomery, and the SPVM’s media representatives, and we await their response.

We did speak with Côte St. Luc Mayor Mitchell Brownstein, who told us Monday afternoon that he has not heard of the alleged merger plans.

Brownstein added that it while it would be difficult to make a statement without finding out further details, he did say it would be good news if the alleged merger results in the station remaining in Côte St. Luc, and that he hoped the police presence would not be lessened there.

joel@thesuburban.com

Station 9 conducts Senior Safety Day

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Police officers from CSL Station 9 at their information booth together with Cllr. Ruth Kovac

 

Thank you to Police Station 9 officers Marie-Christine Norbert, Vincent Deangelis, and more, for educating and reaching out to our residents at the recent Senior Safety Day at the Cavendish Mall.

“Your visibility instills confidence and the little gifts are valued and useful,” said CSL Councillor Ruth Kovac who visited the kiosk.

Ruth and I have worked on every major (and most minor) safety campaigns since we began volunteering at the CSL Emergency Measures Organization in the early 1980s. Thanks to our first class security programs CSL remains the safest place on the Island of Montreal. We need to be vigilant, always looking to improve and expand these services to ensure we stay in this position and that just what Ruth and I speak out on throughout the year.

Celebrating Canada Day 2017 with our local police officers. Thank you to these fine officers for their vigilance in CSL.

Montreal police launch pedestrian awareness campaign

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Montreal police have launched an awareness campaign after two fatal collisions involving pedestrians in the city’s west end in the last two years.

The aim is to alert the public about the dangers of crossing street intersection without being careful.

Dubbed Operation Intersection Safety, the campaign targets both pedestrians and motorists alike, and runs until July 14 in Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West.

According to Montreal Police Commander Jean O’Malley, of stations 9 and 12, the aim is to reach as many people as possible.

“We have police officers stationed at various intersections, mostly at rush hour or at lunchtime, when we can reach most of the people,” he said.

“It is mostly elderly people in the area and they are grateful that we are giving them this information.”

In fact, O’Malley explained that the pedestrians who died in the last two accidents were seniors – the last one, just a few months ago.

However, the problem of high collision rates at intersections aren’t just limited to that part of the city.

Police note that “[o]n the island of Montreal, 77 per cent of personal injury collisions occurred within five meters of an intersection or directly at the intersection,” and perhaps the biggest cause, O’Malley explained, were distractions.

Additionally, many people don’t know when it’s permissible to cross at a traffic light.

O’Malley explained that “a lot of pedestrians think that just because there’s a green light that it’s OK to cross.”

Yet, crossing when the red hand is flashing is an infraction and pedestrians can be ticketed for doing it.

This is the first time that  police are conducting this pedestrian safety campaign and, according to O’Malley, “all we want to do is to keep people safe.”

Car break-ins continue to be problem in Police Station 9 area

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Dec. 13, 2016 | Free Press | Click to enlarge

Dec. 13, 2016 | Free Press | Click to enlarge

Police warn all citizens of jewelry thefts in public spaces

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Free Press | Aug. 30, 2016 | Click to enlarge

Home broken into, bag swiped, cars targeted for theft: Free Press

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Free Press | March 8, 2016 | Click to enlarge

Free Press | March 8, 2016 | Click to enlarge

SPVM Station 9 issues crime prevention advisories

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By Joel Goldenberg
The Suburban, Feb 24, 2016
SPVM Station 9 issues crime prevention advisories

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, three incidents of thefts or attempted thefts within cars took place in Côte St. Luc. On Feb. 1, a motorist parked his car at the Côte St. Luc Shopping Centre. Upon returning 15 minutes later, $5 was missing from a cupholder. There was no forced entry.

On Feb. 3, a motorist visited friends on Baily Road and returned to discover the passenger side of the car had been searched and left in disarray.

On Feb. 5, the front driver’s side tire was stolen from a car parked at the motorist’s residence.

The police are recommending that car doors be locked at all times, that cars be parked in a lit area, valuables are left out of sight, or if they have to be in the car, placed in a trunk before reaching the destination.

On Feb. 3 at Quartier Cavendish, a purse placed on a chair next to its owner was stolen. Police saw two suspects in surveillance videos, one of whom appeared to put an object in a backpack.

In this instance, police are recommending that purses not be placed on the back of seats, or on an empty neighbouring seat, but instead on one’s lap, and valuables be kept in a coat pocket.

joel@thesuburban.com

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