On January 7, Mohamed Bouhdid took the reins of Montreal police Station 5. With 18 years of service in Montreal's police department, the new commander has to preserve the quality of life for residents of Pointe Claire and Dorval.
Bouhid succeeds Martin Dea who was in charge a little over a year and a half. He left for a job at the police headquarters.
At 39, the new commander of Station 5 leads a team of 80 police officers. Since coming into office, the former patrolman was able to speak with the mayor of Pointe Claire and Dorval and is still in the process of meeting with all community stakeholders and principals.
"Quietly, I'm getting to know the realities of the area," said the policeman who worked in Côte des Neiges, St. Laurent, Bordeaux Cartierville and downtown Montreal beforehand. From senior patrol agent, the man gradually rose through the ranks to be a supervisor and commander to watch over police practices in January 2012. During the past year, he has been responsible for major operations on the island of Montreal during the night shift.
Since early 2013, the commander has gradually gotten familiar with his new role.
A graduate from the University of Montreal and Hautes Études Commerciales, Bouhid wishes to reinstate bike patrol this summer, a department which has been neglected because of the student crisis last year.
Looking forward, the man in his thirties invites citizens to fill in a form on the website of Station 5: www.spvm.qc.ca/fr/pdq05/ in non-urgent cases related to traffic and drugs. Monitoring of complaints is regularly done he ensures.
The Dorval tragedy
On Jan. 21, a tragedy occurred in a house in Hamilton Place in Dorval, while a 12-year-old killed his 16-year-old brother with a firearm. Commenting on the event, Mohamed Bouhdid spoke of an "extreme situation."
"Under the circumstances and at the police level, the operation went well." According to him, the most difficult part at this stage is to understand the story. "There are missing pieces of the puzzle. What happened, we do not really know. As the information comes out, it gets very difficult. In addition, the mother arrived and learned that his older son had died and her youngest was suspect, "said the policeman.
In such a situation, the police must be as crisis management. The peace officers were also busy with the mother.
Afterwards, the first officers on the scene of the tragedy were met. "It always takes some time to meet with the policemen to allow them to vent," added the commander.
"Sometimes policemen see traumatic things and care must be taken to provide support if there are problems" he said.
In the case of death of the 16-year-old teenager, policemen had trouble sleeping, but did not require special assistance reported Bouhdid.
The case has since been transferred to the SPVM Major Crime Section. During the trial of 12-year-old, the first police officers arrived on the scene will come to testify their part in the drama.
Attendance of council meetings if necessary
Commanders of Stations 1, 3 and 4 are on the road often to talk to elected officials and citizens at council meetings in several cities of the West Island. This is not the case in Pointe Claire and Dorval.
When asked about this, the commander ensures that he will be there if needed. "I will adjust to the needs of elected officials. What I said is that in the past, it was not done, but it is certain that if there are needs I will be, " he said.
The new commander plans to stay at least 3 to 4 years in service at Station 5.