Creation of the Équipe multidisciplinaire d’intervention dans les écoles

September 15, 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 the dynamics and findings 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 collaborative solutions. The SPVM believes that this cooperation will make a long-term contribution to reducing the number of crimes involving firearms.

The EMIE has been operational in the field since December 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.


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 use of gun violence and thus crystallizes a culture of trivializing gun violence among young people. The benefits to be brought by this team will be to ensure better collaboration among the various actors within the education community and to 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 researcher specialized in social networks who supports the various players working in the field of prevention, while tackling the issue of online dynamics.

In conclusion, the team also consolidates the 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 envision an alternative to violence and accordingly achieve long-term success in tackling this issue.


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 is responsible for governance of the team, which facilitates conveying orientations on gun violence to the field and to 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. When needed, the EMIE guides police operations and informs different communities about new trends and challenges concerning violence committed and suffered by young people.

The team provides support to the neighbourhood police stations concerned and helps stakeholders by sharing best practices and also by participating directly and swiftly in interventions in the field. It also develops complementary tools and intervention programs to enhance the existing service offer.

Territories served by the EMIE

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

Composition of the EMIE

The EMIE is made up of civilian and police resources.

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


> 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 (social networks profile)

The research officer identifies trends in social media and supports various internal and external partners regarding its impact on situations of violence. The research officer analyzes new platforms and emerging phenomena, advises and proposes innovative strategies according to needs and participates in the development of prevention tools related to their field of expertise, while collaborating with team members and members of the school community.

> 1 designer and developer (training program)

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

> 1 strategic advisor

By using management and progress reports, this person advises management on the development, monitoring and evaluation of the team’s intervention framework and results. The strategic advisor also helps to develop the Action Plan by having a cross-sectional view of the issues facing the SPVM. Lastly, they coordinate monitoring of the projects by ensuring the collaboration of internal and external actors, and collaborate in the preparation of the EMIE accountability reports.


> 1 lieutenant-detective, head of the team

Their knowledge of investigations, judicial process (including the Youth Criminal Justice Act) and extrajudicial measures contributes 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.