EMIE

Creation of the Équipe multidisciplinaire d’intervention dans les écoles

15th september 2022

Prevention is crucial and can be decisive in a young person’s life. All prevention initiatives that can be promoted to deter our youth from committing crime are welcome.

Today, the City of Montréal and the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) have announced the deployment of an Équipe multidisciplinaire d’intervention dans les écoles (referred to below as the EMIE), particularly in secondary schools in Montréal, to prevent violence and use of firearms by at-risk young people and contribute to neighbourhood safety.

This project adds to the current services offered by community relations officers at the SPVM’s neighbourhood police stations (PDQ) and provides greater support to specialized stakeholders. The EMIE will play a pivotal role between schools, PDQs and various institutional and community players. It may guide police operations and inform different communities about new trends and challenges concerning violence committed and suffered by young people based on reports and dynamics observed in each neighbourhood.

Based on the principle of shared responsibilities, this new team in the field will play a pivotal role between: 

  • the Directeur de la protection de la jeunesse (DPJ) 
  • the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP)
  • the Service de la diversité et de l'inclusion sociale
  • education partners
  • health and social services partners
  • community organizations.

With the help of the various partners and families, the team hopes to influence the path of young people who are in the process of becoming marginalized by putting forward sound solutions. The SPVM believes that this cooperation will make a long-term contribution to reducing the number of crimes involving firearms.

The EMIE should be operational in the field in fall 2022.

We highlight that the SPVM’s priority is to fight gun violence and is continuing to implement many actions to strengthen Montréal residents’ feeling of safety and keep our city safe.

Context

The EMIE project is one of the commitments made by the SPVM at the Forum montréalais pour la lutte contre la violence armée : s’unir pour la jeunesse held in winter 2022.

The current digital age considerably contributes to promoting the apology for gun violence and crystallizes a culture of trivializing gun violence for young people. The benefits to be brought by this team will be to ensure better cooperation between the education community and work towards greater convergence and coherence in targeted interventions in relation to violence committed and suffered by young people.

Moreover, as explained at the Forum montréalais pour la lutte contre la violence armée in winter 2022, various online platforms now provide young people with additional ways of becoming marginalized and may become vehicles for spreading criminal values to new generations. This is why the SPVM is innovating by including a civilian professional specializing in cybercrime who will support the various players working in the field of prevention, while tackling the issue of online dynamics.

In conclusion, the team will also consolidate strategic partnerships between the SPVM, schools, institutional and community players, and the judicial system, while maintaining and developing their trust with young people.

Ultimately, the SPVM wants to work with young people to provide support tailored to their needs, enable them to envisage an alternative to violence and accordingly achieve long-term success in tackling this issue.

Funding

On June 9, 2022, the SPVM was awarded $4.05 million in financial assistance by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec to create a multidisciplinary intervention project in schools. The implementation of this project will help to reduce and prevent violence by young people. The City of Montréal has granted $400,000 for this project.

Governance and remit

The Division de la prévention et de la sécurité urbaine at the SPVM will be responsible for governance of the team, which will facilitate conveying orientations on gun violence to the field or management.

In concrete terms, the Équipe multidisciplinaire d’intervention dans les écoles will take preventative action based on reports and dynamics of gun violence observed in each neighbourhood. The main goal is to deploy rapid support by adding to the pre-existing service provided by community relations officers at neighbourhood police stations by being proactive with regard to emerging situations of violence. It will also be in a position to guide police operations and inform different communities about new trends and challenges concerning violence committed and suffered by young people.

The team will provide constant support to the neighbourhood police stations concerned and may help stakeholders by sharing best practices and also participating directly and swiftly in interventions in the field.

Territories served by the EMIE

More specifically, the EMIE will play a role in neighbourhoods affected by the issue of gun violence. It will take action where the needs are felt and work in close collaboration with community relations officers, who are present at each neighbourhood police station on the island of Montréal and already have ties with the schools in their sector. Community development consultants already present at some neighbourhood police stations will also be excellent resources to support this new EMIE. It should be noted that the members of the EMIE will not be based in the identified schools.

Composition of the EMIE

The EMIE will be made up of civilian and police resources.

Job postings will be displayed shortly. To consult the civilian job opportunities and apply, go to the job opportunities page on the Ville de Montréal website .

A commander dedicated to fighting gun violence will be responsible for coordinating the team, giving strategic orientations and acting as institutional representative for youth cases. 

 

Job opportunities for civilian personnel are as follows:

> 3 community development consultants (criminology profile)

They are professionals with specific expertise in social issues, which is complementary to the expertise held by other members of police personnel. 

They will take action where the needs are felt. They will work in close collaboration with community relations officers and prevention officers present at all neighbourhood police stations (PDQ).

> 1 research officer

The person will be responsible for conducting and drafting analysis of challenges, issues, information or crime affecting young people.

> 1 designer and developer (training program)

The person will help the EMIE and the Division de la prévention et de la sécurité urbaine (DPSU) at the SPVM design prevention tools for young people and intended for use in schools.

> 1 planning advisor (specializing in cybercrime)

The person will support the various stakeholders working in prevention, while tackling the issue of cybercrime.

 

For police personnel:

> 1 lieutenant-detective, head of the team

Their knowledge of investigations, judicial process (including the Youth Criminal Justice Act) and extrajudicial measures will contribute to consolidating this team’s wide-ranging expertise.

> 3 liaison officers 

They are specialized prevention officers who take action where the needs are felt. 

They work together with the three community development consultants and also in close collaboration with the community relations officers at the neighbourhood police stations.