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This Jeep Patriot vehicle used by the city is sporting the new MIB logo, as will inspectors.
No, they're not the Men in Black - but Pointe Claire's public security force has a new name and widened responsibilities after mayor Morris Trudeau unveiled the Municipal Inspection Bureau (MIB) last Thursday morning in front of Station 5 police headquarters on St. John's Boulevard.
The MIB is tasked with surveillance and the enforcement of municipal bylaws 24 hours a day, seven days a week - the first of its kind in Quebec, said the mayor.
"Some people do things illegally and they tend to do them on the weekends when the city is closed," Trudeau told the Chronicle, adding the public security in its former state was incapable of responding to complaints related to urban planning and engineering.
As a result of an internal organizational review, the city decided to train and transfer select employees from urban planning and the engineering departments, among others, to the MIB.
Aside from surveillance and the enforcement of bylaws, the trained staff of 16 and counting will continue to apply measures of road safety, crime prevention, and animal control. They have no powers of arrest, however.
According to the inspection agency's co-ordinator Rejean Cauchon, the transformation of the public security unit was undertaken "to (improve) the service we already have."
"Let's say for example your neighbour is cutting down a tree and you complain. Well, we can respond very quickly to verify the situation," he said.
The agency will run on the $2-million operating budget previously allotted for the former public security unit. The cost associated with training, movement of staff, and the change of logos is an estimated $20,000 according to Cauchon.
The MIB is located at 399 St. John's Blvd. To reach the office, call 514-630-1234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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