Montreal's interim police chief delivers final report on cleaning up force

Montreal's interim police chief Martin Prud'homme tabled his final report Tuesday into his year-long efforts to clean up the police department.

Prud'homme took leave of his duties as the head of the Sûreté du Québec to take over the job from Philippe Pichet, who was suspended amid reports of corruption and irregularities in the force's internal affairs division.

Pichet had initially considered suing to get his old job back, but handed in his formal resignation as police chief last summer.

Two months into the position Prud'homme eliminated seven senior management positions, and announced plans to restructure the internal affairs department. In his preliminary report issued in June, Prud'homme wrote of a "crisis of confidence" in the force.

In his final report, Prud'homme makes several recommendations:

  • Create conditions conducive to ensuring Montreal police department meets legal obligations in training investigators;
  • Give the SPVM power over hiring and management of human resources;
  • Have the Police Organization Plan approved by the Public Security Ministry;
  • The City of Montreal should consider the legal obligations of the SPVM in its annual budget;
  • Update computer systems that handle management and payroll for the SPVM;
  • Create a joint SQ-SPVM task force for internal affairs investigations;
  • Let this joint task force investigate SPVM officers facing criminal allegations;
  • Create a management track for employees based on the system used by the Secretariat of senior positions in the provincial government;
  • Create an internal audit office under the control of the chief of police that would verify spending;
  • Establish a steering committee to oversee police training, organization, and accountability;
  • Maintain the anonymous complaints mailbox so officers can submit ideas and complaints to the chief;
  • Choose a new police chief from among the two candidates already up for consideration.

Those two candidates are both retired police officers: Sylvain Caron, a former SQ officer, and Line Carbonneau, a former RCMP officer who would become the first female head of the Montreal force.

Click here to read the final report in its entirety.