Neighborhood police stations merging

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The Montreal police will be eliminating neighbourhood stations to save money and be more efficient.

In the plateau, station 37 on Laurier avenue will be moved to station 38 on Rachel street.

“It’s a reorganisation that is being put into effect all over the city, the Plateau is no different than the rest of the city. In our case it’s a small territory so we don’t see it as a problem,” Plateau city councillor Christine Gosselin told CJAD.

“We are looking forward to there being perhaps more cops on the beat as a result of the savings,” she added.

Gosselin says the police force did not give logistical details on how the merge will work and did not confirm that more police officers will work in the field.

Police stations in RDP and Pointe-aux-Trembles will also be merging.

Gosselin says that is more worrisome because the stations are 15 minutes apart.

Sid Stevens, the executive vice president of Sun Youth said he hopes the new stations will have the same amount of police officers and the same community mindset.

“When stations merge, mentalities are not necessarily the same, so you have to make sure that they keep the mentality that they had at the previous stations,” Stevens said.

The police force introduced 49 neighborhood stations in 1995 to have better contact with the community. That number has since gone down to 33.

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