Service de police de la Ville de Laval
|Service de police de la Ville de Laval|
Patch of the Service de police de la Ville de Laval
|Motto||Servir et Proteger
Serve and Protect
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Elected officer responsible||Lise Thériault, Ministre de la Sécurité publique|
The Service de police de la Ville de Laval (French for Laval Police Service) is the municipal police force of the city of Laval, Quebec, north of Montreal. The service consists of approximately 500 officers.
The force has suffered two high-profile officer deaths in the line of duty in recent years. Constable Valerie Gignac, 25, was shot and killed shortly after arriving on the scene of an argument in Laval-des-Rapides on December 14, 2005. The suspect, Francois Pepin, had a history of mental illness, and owned a hunting rifle despite the fact he was under a firearms ban. He was known to police and had been charged before the incident with stalking another female constable. He was charged with first-degree murder in accordance with Canadian law, which stipulates this as the automatic charge in response to killing a police officer. He is awaiting trial.
On March 2, 2007, the force suffered a second loss when Constable Daniel Tessier was killed while executing a drug raid in the city of Brossard. Tessier, who was a 17-year veteran of the force, had joined the drug squad a few days prior to his death. His alleged killer, Basil Parasiris, was charged with first-degree murder but maintained that he was unaware it was a police raid and that he was acting in self-defence. He was acquitted on June 13, 2008, for reason of self-defence .
Automated External Defibrillators
In 2012 the Service de Police de la Ville de Laval purchased 22 automated external defibrillators (AED) which saved 14 lives in less than 2 years. The Service de Police de la Ville de Laval then acquired an additional 48 AEDs. These combined 70 AEDs allow for an AED to be placed in every patrol car and community police centre.
The head of the force is Chief Pierre Brochet.
The rank structure and current strength is:
- Chef de police (Chief of Police) (1)
- Brigadier en chef principal (Principal Chief Brigadier) (1)
- Brigadier en chef (Chief Brigadier) (1)
There are six postes de quartier (community police stations) situated across the city of Laval:
- CPS/PDQ 1 - Saint-François, Saint-Vincent-de Paul and Île Duvernay
- CPS/PDQ 2 - Pont-Viau, Duvernay, Laval-des-Rapides
- CPS/PDQ 3 - Chomedey
- CPS/PDQ 4 - Laval-West, Laval sur le lac and Sainte-Dorothée
- CPS/PDQ 5 - Sainte-Rose and Fabreville
- CPS/PDQ 6 - Vimont et Auteuil