The former head of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) Martin Prud’homme has been appointed deputy director general of public security for the City by the mayoress of Montreal, Valérie Plante. This is a new administrative position announced last February by the Plant to make urban security a priority in the face of rising armed violence in the city.
Plante praised Prud’homme for his knowledge of police work and his management experience in the field. “What needs to be strengthened is communication between the City of Montreal and the SPVM,” said Plante. “It will be his job. Coordinate, not only with the SPVM and the City of Montreal, but all the efforts made by community groups and other players in the field of urban security.
The administrative duties of Prud’homme will be to coordinate, supervise and control the activities and resources required by the Montreal police, the fire department, the legal affairs department and the registry. He will report to City Manager Serge Lamontagne.
“The complexity of the issues we face means that we have to look at security broadly and that is exactly what the breadth of my mandate allows,” said Prud’homme.
Prud’homme announced his retirement from public service last May after serving 21 years as a police officer. He was head of the SQ from 2014 to 2019 when he was temporarily relieved of his duties due to allegations against him which were later dropped.
“I am a happy man,” said Prud’homme. His first task will be to define the terms of the consultations that the City will conduct to select the next head of the SPVM. His mandate will come into effect on May 10.