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In October 1997, the MRC council created the public security committee with the mandate, according to the provisions of the Police Act adopted last year, to negotiate with the Public Security Department the agreement to provide for relating to the provision of police services by the Sûreté du Québec on the MRC territory. At the time, 13 of the 23 municipalities of the MRC were integral parts of this agreement, namely those with a population of less than 5,000 inhabitants, and who were not served by any other police force.
The MRC council has appointed a new extended public security committee to negotiate a new agreement with the Department. This approach stems from police reorganization initiated by the Ministry of Public Safety in December 2000, which led to the adoption of a new Police Act in June 2001. Indeed, article 71 of the Act stipulates that the Sûreté du Québec will serve all local municipalities part of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges. This particular provision has resulted, on June 2nd, 2002, in the dissolution of 5 municipal police forces and the integration of their personnel to the Sûreté du Québec.
Under Article 78 of the Police Act, the committee monitors the agreement, assesses the services provided and each year proceeds to the development of action priorities for the police service. The committee informs the parties of its findings and submits a report. at least once a year.
Furthermore, the Committee:
• participates to the development of the Semi-Annual Safety Action Plan for the territory covered by the agreement, according to the priorities that have been identified and also does the assessment;
• approves the police organization plan;
• participates in the selection of the location for police stations, according to the requirements relating to public safety and effectiveness of police services and of the government policy on leasing or acquiring buildings;
• develops criteria for evaluating the performance of the Sûreté du Québec in the framework of the agreement and, where appropriate, inform the station chief of public assessment with respect to police services received;
• provides its performance evaluation of the station director.
To access the public security committee's annual report, click here (French only).