Police respond

In a move reminiscent of law enforcement’s response to the escalating biker wars of the late 1990s, Laval police have established a multi-unit task force to combat what Laval police chief Pierre Brochet called “unacceptable acts” by organized crime.

Laval Police, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are mobilizing to ensure an increased presence in Laval following the May 4 shooting death of Salvatore Scoppa at the Sheraton Hotel in the presence of hundreds of people, including children, says Brochet.

“That an individual has fired several times inside the hotel without worrying repercussions is unacceptable!” he said, announcing the launch of Projet Répercussion, which involves specialized police officers dedicated to the fight against organized crime in Laval, the SQ and the RCMP.

Police officers, mostly in uniform and from different teams including Laval’s Équinoxe squad, the SQ’s Organized Crime Intervention Division and intelligence units, began visibility operations last week by increasing their presence in locations frequented by individuals linked to organized crime, including bars, restaurants and licensed institutions.

Specifically, police will ensure a sustained presence on the ground to prevent acts of violence at times deemed appropriate; intervene to suppress any action or phenomenon of violence (possession of weapons, intimidation, etc.); surveillance and the collection of intelligence. The Équinoxe team’s specific mandate is to provide operational support for intervention, visibility and the collection of information related to organized crime and is called to act on the criminal phenomena of violence, drugs, pimping, weapons, fraud and smuggling.

Anyone with information about the shooting or any other matter can confidentially contact Police via their Info-Line at 450 662-INFO (4636).

Bikes are back

Laval’s bike patrol is back. Police on bicycles will be back in the streets, public places, parks and bike paths of Laval throughout the summer, from May 17 to September 15, and residents will also be able to meet with these patrollers at cultural events, sporting activities or gatherings. The team, which includes a dozen police officers, works days and evenings from Wednesday to Sunday inclusively and have a mandate to enforce municipal regulations, road safety code and ensure the tranquility of residents.

The patrols will also pay special attention to the sharing of the public road between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Cohabitation between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is a daunting challenge for all urban environments and it is for this reason that the bicycle patrol will also ensure the safety of all by responding to complaints and resolving certain conflicts that may arise.

The mobile and versatile unit travels easily in various places, and has the advantage of being close to the citizens and being able to intervene where it is difficult for motor vehicles to circulate. Laval Police invite citizens to engage the police on bicycles to exchange with them on problematic situations observed or on any other security issue that concerns them, and remind residents to practice safe cycling throughout the season. Before hitting the road, remember the guidelines related to good cycling practices which you can find at:

http://www.velo.qc.ca/transport-actif

https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/securite-routiere/moyens-deplacement/velo/

https://www.laval.ca/Pages/Fr/Nouvelles/microsite-police/patrouille-velo-2019.aspx

Laval’s bike patrol is back. Police on bicycles will be back in the streets, public places, parks and bike paths of Laval throughout the summer, from May 17 to September 15, and residents will also be able to meet with these patrollers at cultural events, sporting activities or gatherings. The team, which includes a dozen police officers, works days and evenings from Wednesday to Sunday inclusively and have a mandate to enforce municipal regulations, road safety code and ensure the tranquility of residents.

The patrols will also pay special attention to the sharing of the public road between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Cohabitation between pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is a daunting challenge for all urban environments and it is for this reason that the bicycle patrol will also ensure the safety of all by responding to complaints and resolving certain conflicts that may arise.

The mobile and versatile unit travels easily in various places, and has the advantage of being close to the citizens and being able to intervene where it is difficult for motor vehicles to circulate. Laval Police invite citizens to engage the police on bicycles to exchange with them on problematic situations observed or on any other security issue that concerns them, and remind residents to practice safe cycling throughout the season. Before hitting the road, remember the guidelines related to good cycling practices which you can find at:

http://www.velo.qc.ca/transport-actif

https://saaq.gouv.qc.ca/securite-routiere/moyens-deplacement/velo/

https://www.laval.ca/Pages/Fr/Nouvelles/microsite-police/patrouille-velo-2019.aspx

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