Police nabbing CSL motorists in Hampstead



Hampstead’s maze of nonsensical traffic signs continue to frustrate many West End motorists, particularly Cote Saint-Lucers.

Today, for at least the third time in a month, the Montreal police traffic squad is handing out tickets to those who do not calculate the permissible turning times off of Fleet.

Motorists know just how confusing the contradictory signs placed by the Town of Hampstead can be.  Some intersections allow turning at various intervals (green circle signs) while others prohibit turning during other intervals (red circle signs).  The text size is also very small and text heavy.

Police officers hide their cars so that they cannot be seen when turning off of Fleet.  Some officers have been from the traffic division (cars bearing the number 60) while most have been from Station 9.

Hampstead residents have been on the hook too as some have been nabbed at Belsize and Netherwood where the sign forces motorists to turn toward Fleet rather than continuing straight, through Hamsptead’s side streets.

Hampstead forces motorists off it's side streets and back to Fleet (Belsize corner of Netherwood)

Hampstead forces motorists off its side streets and back to Fleet (Belsize corner of Netherwood)

As written previously on this blog this is nothing more than a frustrating game of entrapment by Hampstead with compliance by the Montreal Police.  I personally would fight such a ticket in court in hopes of having a judge quash the nonsensical maze of confusing signs which constitute a traffic hazard.

Use of a phone while driving is a no no.  How about use of a calculator while driving?

Read more:

Ire, ridicule greet Hampstead left-turn rule

Youth arrested in CSL after firing BB rifle near school

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Joel Goldenberg, Oct. 10, 2012

The Suburban


A 15-year-old youth was arrested after firing a BB rifle in close proximity to the École des Amis de Monde School on Mackle Road in Côte St. Luc recently.

Station 9 Commander Sylvain Bissonnette told The Suburban that one child was slightly injured by a plastic pellet. Special precautions were also taken and Jewish community institutions were contacted, as the incident took place on the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur.

But as it turned out, the incident was not a hate crime. “It was just someone doing a stupid thing,” Bissonnette explained.

The commander said he was very pleased with the way the school took precautions for its students during the time of the incident and before the arrest, as well as the actions of his officers. “Everything was done by the book,” Bissonnette said.

••• The commander also said that the apparent motive for the recent Sept. 20 shooting on Borden Avenue and Fleet Road in Côte St. Luc was intimidation of a businessman over money that was wanted. No one was injured in the shooting. According to media reports, the alleged assailant led police on an extensive chase that ended several hours later that same night of Sept. 20, when he was arrested in Laval.

CSL Police station 9 managing overnight patrols again

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CSL Police station 9 managing overnight patrols again

By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

February 22, 2012

Montreal police Station 9, which serves Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West, recently resumed managing overnight patrols after several years, it was announced at the Montreal West and Côte St. Luc council meetings.

“We have increased surveillance overnight by Station 9,” said Montreal West Councillor Julie Tasker-Brown, in charge of the security portfolio on council. “We used to have to share the services of [NDG’s ] Station 11, which had a big territory, and now we get Station 9 back at night. That’s good news.” The overnight service resumed in late January. Station 11 had been managing the overnight patrols for more than three years.

At the February Côte St. Luc council meeting, Councillor Glenn Nashen, who has the security portfolio on his council, made the same announcement, pointing out that the patrols “are now run out of Station 9 vehicles in our territory. “This means it’s likelier we have more manhours being covered, not into NDG, but right here in Côte St. Luc, so we appreciate Commander Sylvain Bissonnette listening to us and our neighbours, and advocating on our behalf to bring this back after a hiatus of a few years,” Nashen added.

Mayor Anthony Housefather pointed out that after advocacy by Côte St. Luc helped save Station 9 from elimination, one of the agreements involved in keeping the Cavendish Blvd. station open was to have the night shift run out of Station 11.

“I guess it’s the same with demerger – the argument was ‘you lose it, you lose it,’ and eventually you get it back,” the mayor added.

Police award vCOP

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The Cote Saint-Luc volunteer Citizens on Patrol was presented with a trophy by Montreal Police Commander Sylvain Bissonnette last week.  The award recognizes vCOP for its “outstanding commitment in collaborating with the team of Station 9 to ensure the safety and security of the population of Cote Saint-Luc.”

L-R: Public Security Chief Michel Martel, vCOP Supervisors Mitchell Herf and Susie Schwartz, Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, vCOP Senior Supervisor Lewis Cohen

In accepting the award, Public Safety Councillor Glenn J. Nashen, thanked the commander for showing a genuine interest and appreciation for vCOP from its inception nearly 5 years earlier.  “Our residents enjoy the safest neighbourhood on the Island thanks to the close collaboration of our police officers, public security agents and volunteer Citizens on Patrol,” said Nashen, who also serves as vCOP coordinator. “Please extend the appreciation of all our vCOPs to your officers,” Nashen asked of Bissonnette.

vCOP was launched on July 1, 2006 as the first such group in Quebec.  Conceived and implemented by Nashen, the group has grown into a force of more than 75 trained and uniformed volunteers who patrol in marked vehicles.  For more information, to make a donation or to join, please visit the vCOP webpage.

Good Luck to our Top Cop

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An open letter to Marc Parent:

Welcome, Marc Parent.  As Montreal’s new Chief of Police you are now defacto Chief of Police for the City of Cote Saint-Luc as well (even though that title hasn’t been used since 1970). 

You should know that we fought hard to save Neighbourhood Station 9 from closure and we trust that you will respect this decision. 

We are very pleased with the close and professional relationship developed by Commander Sylvain Bissonnette, as was the case with his predecessor Rene Allard.  (By the way, Sylvain and Rene are outstanding police officers worthy of  continued promotion but if you would keep them linked to Cote Saint-Luc we would be grateful). 

Glenn J. Nashen meeting with Police Commander Sylvain Bissonnette

Also, West Division Assistant Director Pierre Brochet is an excellent and diplomatic professional who shows genuine concern for the suburban cities on the territory and has respect for the will of its autonomous councils.  He is a valuable and appreciated resource on the force.

Please continue to build close relationships with the community and its elected representatives.  Our smaller city, and its Neighbourhood Police Station have shown, time and again,  that the closer that the service is to the population, the greater the quality of that service.  The officers in Station 9 are staying longer in our area, are pretty much bilingual, have a greater understanding of our residents and their needs and are greatly appreciated.

And the City Councillor responsible for Public Safety in Cote Saint-Luc I wish you much success in your new position and please drop by for a visit sometime soon.

Glenn J. Nashen

Planned police station mergers raise questions at Hampstead council meeting

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Planned police station mergers raise questions at Hampstead council meeting
Feb. 8, 2007

Hampstead town council is facing questions over the planned merger of Station 9 in Côte St. Luc with Station 11 in NDG as part of an island-wide consolidation in the Montreal police department.

During Monday’s monthly council meeting, a Queen Mary Road resident asked Mayor William Steinberg how the Town plans to react to the two stations closing and being combined in a new location yet to be chosen.

“I think for the town to lose the little amount of policing we have now would be a bad thing,” said the resident. “You guys might want to consider speaking to the mayors of perhaps Côte St. Luc and Montreal West, and combining your resources.”

He said the three demerged municipalities might want to take the money they’re currently allocating towards public security, and use it to start their own police force, or stop paying into the Montreal Agglomeration and use that money saved to start a police force.

“You have no guarantee that once they merge their stations that you’re going to have more policing,” he added. “As a matter of fact, you’ll have less policing, because right now whenever there’s an incident, you’re seeing Station 9 cars and Station 11’s.”

Steinberg, who just returned this week from a lengthy vacation, said he was aware of the situation and had been in touch with Montreal West mayor Campbell Stuart and Côte St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather.

“Nothing is going to be happening for quite a large number of months,” he said. “In the meantime, there will be subsequent meetings and we will see whether or not they are going to address our concerns. Certainly we’ve made it very clear that we do not want our level or service to be decreased in any way, shape or form.

“This is not something that’s being done only to Hampstead or only to Station 9,” added Steinberg. “There are a few different stations that are being merged. The whole reorganization is across the entire island and there are some logical, rational reasons for doing it. Nevertheless, we have expressed the concerns and we’re waiting for a response to that.”

Replying to the suggestion that Hampstead start launch its own police force, Steinberg said, “it’s illegal.” Under provincial law governing the Montreal Agglomeration, all municipalities must contribute for the upkeep of the Service de Police de la Ville de Montreal, which has a mandate to police the island.

Prior to delivering his monthly report, public security commissioner Abe Gonshor commented on the planned changes in policing policy. “We have taken into consideration the seriousness of the police department possibly closing the station,” he said. “We’re going to pursue this to make sure that service stays at the least the way it is, if not better.”

Stop station 9 closure: CSL, Hampstead

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Stop station 9 closure: CSL, Hampstead
By Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban, Feb. 8, 2007

Hampstead is taking steps, along with Côte St. Luc, to prevent the potential closure of Montreal police station 9 as part of a possible merger of police stations, Hampstead Mayor William Steinberg told resident Howard Burak at Monday night’s town council meeting.

“We do not want our level of service to be decreased in any way, shape or form,” Steinberg said.

The merging proposal is part of a plan to reform community policing, including merging Station 9 – serving Côte St. Luc, Hampstead and Montreal West – with N.D.G.’s Station 11. Before community police stations began about 10 years ago, N.D.G.’s Station 15 served much of the same area. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather has already said he will lobby to keep Station 9, at Cavendish Boulevard and Kildare Road in his city, open.

Burak asked what Hampstead planned to do.

“For the town to lose the little amount of policing we have now would be a bad thing, and you might want to consider speaking to the mayors of Côte St. Luc and Montreal West, combine your resources, and possibly taking the money you’re allocating towards public security and consider having your own police force,” he said.

Steinberg said it would be illegal for the town to have its own police force – the former Montreal Urban Community took over policing in 1972.

The mayor added that he has been in contact with Housefather and Montreal West Mayor Campbell Stuart.

“We have made our concerns known,” he said. “They are aware, but nothing is going to be happening for a large number of months. In the meantime, there will be subsequent meetings and we will see whether or not they will address our concerns…. We’re waiting for a response.”

Cop shops set to merge

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Cop shops set to merge
Stations 11 and 9 could join together next year
Jan. 25, 2007

Police and elected officials in the West End have confirmed that a merger involving four local police stations could be taking place next year, affecting residents of Côte St. Luc, NDG and Côte des Neiges.

According to plans made public recently for the reduction of stations in the neighbourhood policing system set up a decade ago, Station 9 on Cavendish Boulevard in Côte St. Luc and Station 11 on Somerled Avenue in NDG would be merged at a new and larger location yet to be determined.

The police department wants to reduce the number of stations across the island from 39 to 32. In Côte des Neiges, stations 25 and 26 would be amalgamated into the island’s largest station. The combining of stations 9 and 11 would create the third-largest detachment, with about 100 officers.

Station 9 commander Sylvain Bissonnette told The Chronicle that the Côte St. Luc and NDG stations should remain in operation until the end of their leases in 2008. “One or the other doesn’t have the location to have those stations together,” he said. “We’re planning for the next year-and-a-half to make sure that by the end of the lease we’ll end up in a new location.”

Côte des Neiges-NDG mayor Michael Applebaum maintains the proposed mergers would free up more officers for patrol and other kinds of security duties. “The amalgamation of 25 and 26 would be the largest and the 11 and the 9 are not far beyond,” he said.

“The whole plan will be presented, there will be public consultation and then, of course, it has to go to city council to be accepted. There’s a process and it’s the police department who are putting that process in place.

“The objective here is to get the police department closer to the public and to ensure that there are more police officers out on the road doing their job,” he added. “Some people may be concerned about the closing of police stations, but I am open to that if it’s going to improve police services to the population.”

In Côte St. Luc, Councillor Glenn Nashen, the commissioner responsible for public safety, was contacted last week shortly before he was scheduled to discuss the issue with the commander of the police department’s West Division.

“The latest that I’ve been told is that no decisions have been made and no decisions will be made until all of the consultations take place with the local elected officials and possibly with community organizations,” said Nashen.

“No decision can be taken until a recommendation is made by the police service to the Public Security Commission that is part of the Agglomeration,” he added.

“Ultimately it’s the security commission that will, I guess, make recommendations to the executive committee of Montreal in consultation with the Agglomeration committee. They’re the decision-makers.”