The Montreal police department's new work schedules includes a pilot project that will see fewer patrols overnight in certain districts on the island, with officers covering more territory during that time of day, CJAD 800 News has learned.
The pilot project will see certain boroughs and cities sharing patrols overnight, so for example, a police station serving Pierrefonds-Roxoboro and Île Bizard-Ste Geneviève will end up also patrolling Dollard-des-Ormeaux overnight between 1 a.m.and 5 a.m.
Other towns and boroughs taking part in the pilot project: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Côte-des-Neiges/NDG, Montreal East, Rivières-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, South West, St. Laurent, Côte-St-Luc, Hampstead, Montreal West and Westmount.
Montreal police spokesman Laurent Gingras said patrols will be increased during the evening hours between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m. when they receive the most calls for help.
"People come home from work, they find that there's more conflict at those times, people coming back home and find that their house, for example, was robbed during the day," Gingras told CJAD 800 News.
D.D.O. mayor Ed Janiszewski said they'll be stepping up their own public security patrols overnight.
"Even in the old system, we don't have enough policemen," Janiszewski said.
"We're hoping for the best, we're going to monitor it."
Councillor Herbert Brownstein said they'll have to wait and see until October when the pilot project ends.
"I would certainly be in favour of more police presence rather than less."