The main objectives of Sécuri-Parc are to ensure safety in municipal parks and on the regional network of cycling trails, to prevent and reduce mischief and vandalism, and to make users aware of the importance of following regulations and behaving appropriately in public spaces. The project is carried out by four police foundations students: three on patrol and one liaison officer (75% patrol / 25% communications).Implementation of project involved political will (mayors of seven cities in the Beauharnois-Valleyfield Regional Municipality, in cooperation with the Sûreté du Québec). The Châteauguay Police Service became an official partner in 2011.
Sécuri-Parc allows for increased, continuous surveillance in public places. Another benefit is that it paves the way for quicker and more effective law enforcement intervention in the event of mischief or nuisances.
Cooperative (direct involvement)
This initiative has been in place since summer 2011 in Beauharnois, one of the municipalities served by the Châteauguay Police Service.
Following a series of public nuisances and mischief in the parks.
This initiative’s costs are included in current operational costs.Operational costs paid by the Beauharnois-Salaberry RCM through a contribution of $35,000/year for the patrol service and the vehicle (excluding the time of the supervisory committee—Human Resources, Regional County Municipality, police services).
Increased sense of security, little criminal or uncivil behaviour in patrolled areas.No measure yet to assess the financial impact of mischief—requires concerted thought on the data to compile results for each municipality (7)—or longitudinal performance indicators—which is done on a continual basis.
Press conference, local newspapers, internal and external communiqués.
Projects supported by RCM management and cities.