Toxic climate at the Longueuil police: the mayor of Saint-Bruno concerned

Toxic climate at Longueuil police: Mayor of Saint-Bruno concerned

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A mayor of the Longueuil agglomeration is concerned that his police force has had to deal with serious work climate problems for years. 

“This whole file is worrying and will certainly be followed closely by the mayors of the agglomeration in the months to come”, indicated Thursday in an interview Ludovic Grisé Farand, mayor of Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

< p>Our Investigation Bureau revealed Thursday morning that the Longueuil agglomeration police department (SPAL) is keeping executives who have contributed to a toxic work climate for years. According to several sources we spoke to, the situation is still very difficult today.

Despite these revelations, Mr. Grisé Farand says he still trusts Fady Dagher to clean up the working climate at SPAL.

“It takes time to change an organizational culture. […] I have confidence that the situation will improve quickly, ”he said, about the police chief in place for more than five years.

Actions needed

In Brossard, Mayor Doreen Assaad said she was “sorry” about the situation and was counting on the police chief to provide her with an update on the situation. Like many of her counterparts in the cities of the agglomeration, she was informed of the toxic situation at the SPAL by reading the newspaper Thursday morning.

“I trust that the chief of police will give us a topo of the actions he intends to put in place. I am convinced that he will take the necessary actions to improve or resolve the situation,” she said.

For his part, the mayor of Boucherville said he was “surprised” by our revelations. Although he has been in office since 2009, he was also unaware of the work climate issues at SPAL and the compensation paid to certain employees.

“Before commenting further, I will ask questions to the next agglomeration executive committee,” said Jean Martel. 

“None of my business”

From For her part, the mayoress of Saint-Lambert reiterated her confidence in Mr. Dagher. She also considers it inappropriate to comment on the decision of the director of police to retain actors in the toxic climate.

“Elected officials should not get involved. The executives [at fault] still in place, it's none of my business, ”insisted Pascale Mongrain.

For his part, the Minister of Public Security reached out to the Chief of Police if the latter needs his “support” in cleaning up the work climate.

“At all times and in any organization, a toxic climate in the workplace is unacceptable”, has indicated Minister François Bonnardel, in a very brief written statement.