Operation Cyclops

Watching over neighbourhood streets

Operation Cyclops is a program implemented in 2002 by the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

The purpose of the operation is to counter harassment of passers-by, unwelcome behaviour and violent acts associated with street prostitution. It is particularly aimed at clients of prostitution who solicit sexual services by adopting behaviour that threatens the tranquillity of neighbourhood residents and the safety of persons engaging in prostitution.

The program invites neighbourhood residents to confidentially report the unwanted events they have observed. The information can be reported over the Internet or directly at the neighbourhood police station.


  • undue solicitation by clients of prostitution
  • unwelcome behaviour
  • harassment of passers-by
  • violent acts

We invite you to describe the event you observed and give details on the client and his vehicle. Provide as much information as possible:

  • the licence plate number;
  • the type of vehicle;
  • the description of the driver;
  • the time and the date;
  • the location.

In all cases, a police officer will contact the clients of prostitution and inform them of the legal consequences associated with solicitation of sexual services. This is a deterrent and an excellent intervention tool. That's why your participation is so important.

In addition, a more in-depth investigation may be initiated and criminal charges could follow.

What to do?

If a person is in danger, don't hesitate to call 911.

If you find a syringe or hazardous waste, call 311.

To facilitate dialogue, call on local community groups that offer mediation.

To report an event

Contact your neighbourhood police station in person, by phone or via the Internet.

By phone: 514-280-01XX
(XX: neighbourhood police station number)

What the law says

Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

The Act particularly emphasizes that it is important to:

  • protect human dignity and the equality of all Canadians by discouraging prostitution, which has a disproportionate effect on women and children;
  • denounce and prohibit the purchase of sexual services because it creates a demand for prostitution, and discourage anyone from engaging in prostitution;
  • encourage those who engage in prostitution to report incidents of violence and to leave prostitution;
  • protect communities from the harms associated with prostitution;

Section 286.1 Cr.C.

This offences penalizes the purchase of sexual services for consideration, at any place, as well as communication for that purpose. Clients from now on are exposed to criminal prosecution for the purchase of sexual services, no matter where.