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Recent Violence In Montreal Has 'Concerned' The Mayor & More Police Will Be Deployed

Old Montreal will see more officers.
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Recent Violent Crime In Montreal Has 'Concerned' The Mayor & More Police Will Be Deployed

A recent shooting in Montreal's Old Port, which left five people, including an SPVM officer, wounded, has drawn the concerns of city hall. On Sunday, September 13, a 33-year-old man fired shots at approaching police officers near the Quai de l'Horloge. In a statement released Monday, Mayor Valérie Plante said she is "concerned" by the recent violent crime in Montreal and wants to reassure the public that the city is taking steps to address it.

"The events of recent days involving firearms are worrying, but I want to reassure Montrealers: we are taking the situation very seriously and are implementing a whole series of actions to stem the problem of violent crime," said Mayor Plante.

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"We cannot accept that acts likely to seriously injure or even kill citizens occur on the territory of Montreal. Everything will be done to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire population and quickly resolve these cases." 

In response to the events, the City of Montreal is planning for an increased police presence in Old Montreal, especially "near targeted locations" on weekends and when the bars empty.

Increased surveillance has also been deployed in the Pointe-Aux-Trembles neighbourhood.

According to a statement, the SPVM "has put more "investigators and patrollers in the field to reach out to the population, notably through foot, bicycle and door-to-door patrols."

"Investigations are also carried out rapidly and continuously thanks to the coordination of the actions of the Directorate of the Gendarmerie and that of Criminal Investigations in order to provide a rapid and concrete response to the recent events involving firearms which took place in Montreal."

Montreal will also work with other communities to "assess the best practices" in police service. 

"We want to ensure that the appropriate resources are deployed to respond to the various challenges that are expressed in the field," said Mayor Plante. 

"At all times, the safety of all Montrealers remains our priority."

The SPVM and the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes are asking anyone who might've witnessed the event to make a statement. 

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