Saint Lazare debuts community patrol project
Residents in Saint Lazare will be seeing a new security presence in town just as the summer holiday season kicks into high gear.
The municipality implemented a pilot community patrol project last week using a private security firm. And though they cannot do things like make arrests, the private security officers will have the authority to enforce certain municipal bylaws and be a presence on local roads, in parks and on bike paths, as well as in public places and building, and more. Municipal officials also say the private firm will be an important new set of eyes and ears in the town and will work closely with Sûreté du Québec police, calling them in when needed
“The community patrol will therefore help the Sûreté du Québec in its efforts to reduce crime and vandalism which could occur on the town’s territory. The patrol guards will be working in cooperation with the Town’s Public Safety and Fire Department,” stated a press release issued by the town.
The patrol officers, which will wear uniforms and be in well identified vehicles, will be able to enforce certain municipal by-laws, particularly those relating to nuisances and parking.
For information about the community patrol contact Saint Lazare’s Public Safety and Fire Department at 450 424-8000, extension 208.