City announces special police force

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/11/2013 12:51:00 PM

The Mayor of Montreal has announced the creation of a special police squad in order to fight corruption and collusion.

Mayor Applebaum says the new squad will have unrestricted access to city contracts, work sites, and municipal buildings.

"They will be allowed to ask questions to city employees, as well as to those who do business with the city," the Mayor says. 

The 20-person team will be comprised of officers and investigators. It will be independent but will be collaborating with other police forces to share information. 

"This is the main goal, the main fact, how can we share our expertise, our intelligence, our knowledge," says Montreal police chief Marc Parent. 

Parent says the unit will be given a budget of several million dollars, perhaps 3 or 4 million, but exact numbers are not available. 

Meanwhile, keeping with transparency, Applebaum announced he will be meeting with investigators of the Charbonneau Commission Friday afternoon. 

"They contacted my office on Tuesday and asked to meet with me."

He says he will not reveal any details of their discussion.

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  1. Katherine posted on 01/11/2013 01:57 PM
    Only a matter of time before these 20 police offers are getting greased by the low-life mafia organization. There is a bridge in Dorval that was semi-built and is sitting there like a soar in our eyes every morning. There are 20 construction works (likely french and italkian) sitting around eating, talking, joking while one guy is in a bulldozer moving around. BS - nothing will happen - corruption will always run the cities, the contracts and the police.
    I hope I'm wrong but I do not think so.
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