Officials react to police-union survey
Montreal executive-committee member in charge of public security and Pierrefonds-Roxboro city councillor Christian Dubois said survey results showing Montrealers feel less safe in the city believes that the perception may land far from reality in this instance.
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There is enough police officers on the street, according to Montreal executive-committee member in charge of public security and Pierrefonds-Roxboro city councillor Christian Dubois.
"The numbers don't surprise me, but I don't think it's actually the case (that the city is not safe). The crime rate has dropped 25 per cent over the last 10 years," Dubois said. He added that it may behoove Montrealers to take a closer look at the results of the survey in order to get a firm idea of how, exactly, Montrealers are feeling in terms of their own safety and security. If a high number of Montreal residents feel they are less safe than they did a decade ago, then it could be possible they don't know that the crime rate has dropped so precipitously in the city. "It's possible that we could do a better job of communication on the part of Montreal Police Service," he said, adding that Montreal's police department is adequately staffed – going so far as to insist that Montrealers have "the best police coverage, per capita, of any city in Canada," per 1,000 residents, based on studies conducted in large Canadian cities. "We are completely within the norms and we consider ourselves privileged for that in Montreal," Dubois added. As far as financing goes, Dubois said he feels the budget accorded the Montreal police Service is "reasonable," adding the allotted budget to the department has risen by $200 million in the last half-decade. When contacted on the topic, the Montreal Police Service elected to wait for the study's publication before commenting further.