Saint La­zare debuts com­mu­ni­ty pa­trol pro­ject

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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.

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