The Thérèse-De Blainville police department has been busy as of late. They have engaged in multiple campaigns of public information and fundraising. One of the campaigns is to inform citizens about the dangers of using your cell while driving. Under the headline “Don’t let distractions blind you” (Ne laissez pas la distraction vous aveugler) RIPTB shares important statistics about the large percentages of accidents attributed to distracted driving. Also, the RIPTB participated in a fundraising campaign for the Académie des arts – Trouver ta voie whose mission is the integration and the promotion of artistic skills for people with intellectual or physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit with or without hyperactivity.
A unique partnership
On Wednesday September 16th took place the renewal of the partnership agreement between Place Rosemère and the Régie intermunicipale de police Thérèse-De Blainville, more than fourteen years after the first agreement signed in October 2006.
This partnership continues year after year, responding to a real need for prevention and service for the customers of this large North Shore shopping mall. It makes it possible to offer the services of a police officer from the RIPTB directly on site and to work in collaboration with the security agents of Place Rosemère and the employees of the businesses.
This makes it possible to inform and assist citizens, intervene quickly and effectively with customers and tenants, ensure a presence during special events, implement prevention projects and offer unparalleled service at Place Rosemère.
NSN reached out to inspector Martin Charron who is also handles the department’s PR about the role of the Thérèse-De Blainville PDs officer in the role. He was excited to confirm that in this partnership the dispatched police officer will be training and advising the security personnel of the mall. In many instances, mall security hiring requirements do not even require any training or experience. It is therefore a win win situation since mall security will benefit from the experience of a professional and the RIPTB will be able to serve better in a large busy shopping center that services such a large part of its jurisdiction. Constable Sébastien Charette is the officer who will be serving as mall’s go to with the RIPTB and taking on the crucial of working with the customers, owners and security of Place Rosemère to ensure for a smooth and pleasant shopping experience especially during these trying COVID times.
The RIPTB joined in this past weekend in Operation OSCAR. Thus, its members alongside police officers from across the province checked whether customers and owners of 1,000 licensed establishments complied with public health instructions. Fines can range from $ 400 to $ 6,000 for violations for both owners and customers. These measures were announced during a press briefing by the Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault.
Operation OSCAR, for Operation Systematic Behavior At Risk (Opération systématisée comportements à risque), aimed to identify the places where there could be problems concerning the respect of health rules and intervene there.
The police tried to ensure that the rules are followed, as well as the provisions on alcohol permits, which have been modified since the start of the pandemic.
“Every week, we see images in bars, of crowded dance floors. We must nevertheless admit that there are situations of violation of the rules”, said the Minister of Public Security.
To those who still doubt the need to wear the face covering or to respect physical distancing, the message is simple: “Comply”, added Ms. Guilbault. “My colleagues and I have only one goal every day and that is to protect the health of Quebecers and to ensure that society can continue to function. Our measures are not based on any conspiracy and no dictatorial inclination,” said the minister, while hundreds of conspiratorial protesters have roamed the streets in recent weeks to deny the existence of a pandemic.
This operation on a massive scale this past weekend targeted all the places that are at a higher risk to attract customers and potentially break the rules when it comes to COVID protection. With cases of virus infections rising in Quebec, Premier Legault has attributed the problem not to the opening of schools, but rather on instances of gatherings where the rules were not followed and people got complacent thus spreading the virus.
“We will be visible and proactive,” explained before the operation Inspector Martin Charron of the RIPTB communications office. The objective is simple, to avoid a second wave!”
All over Quebec the presence of the police was be very visible during operation OSCAR. The police also took the opportunity to apply the conditions relating to liquor permits, in conjunction with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux.
Bars, restaurants and microbreweries are now prohibited from serving alcohol after midnight, with or without food.
On Monday morning the 21st of September the Thérèse-De Blainville PD announced the results of operation OSCAR. There were 16 visits to establishments this past weekend. 10 general violation reports were issued in two establishments.