CONSIDERABLE INIQUITY IN POLICE SERVICE FINANCING

MONTREAL, Feb. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - At a press conference held today by the Fédération des policiers et policières municipaux du Québec (FPMQ), to which the Fraternité des policiers policières de Montréal (FPPM) also jointed forces, partakers denounced the prominent iniquity that exists in police service financing which affects 70% of the Quebec taxpayers. They are requesting that the Government of Quebec re-establish the equity with the implementation of the Fonds des services de police municipaux.

Denis Côté, President of the FPMQ, explains the reason behind this iniquity by the fact that the Government of Quebec funds only municipalities policed by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) for basic services, tasks of Level 1 as stipulated in the Regulation respecting the police services that municipal police forces and the Sûreté du Québec must provide according to their level of jurisdiction. This financial contribution is equivalent to 47% of the actual costs pertaining to SQ police services and is provided by the Fonds des services de police. In 2010, the Government has infused more than 235 million in this Fund. Consequently, municipalities policed by the SQ only pay for 53% of the actual costs in comparison to other municipalities with their own police force who disburse the totality of the related costs, being they are not granted any government subsidy.  By doing so, the Government of Quebec is failing to contribute financial support to 103 municipalities patrolled by their own police force. This represents the majority of the Quebec population, it stands for 5,425,679 citizens.

He also emphasizes that residents of the municipalities that have its own police force must provide greater fiscal effort than the municipalities policed by the SQ. They must actually contribute to the different activities of their police force, for the national and specialized services provided by the SQ as well as to the government subsidy which relates to 47% of the actual costs for Level 1 services of municipalities policed by the SQ.

The President of the FPPM, Yves Francoeur, adds that this iniquity is even more evident for the residents of the Island of Montreal. He remarks that: 'If Montreal Island taxpayers would benefit from the same treatment which is being extended to municipalities policed by the SQ, the grant the SPVM would receive would reach approximately 200 million! Therefore, as defined under the Police Act, only the taxpayers of the Island of Montreal in the province of Quebec are required to finance Level 5 services from their own municipal taxes. In other words, Montreal Island taxpayers are already more financially challenged by highly diversified criminal acts than anywhere else in the province. Montreal is also the only city of this province with the obligation to defray its costs for Level 5 police services. But contrary to residents of the municipalities serviced by the SQ, its taxpayers do not have the right to receive a subsidy for basic services.'

The Fédération urges the Government to implement the Fonds des services de police municipaux in order to resolve this iniquity. Mr Côté declares: 'Public safety matters are considered as much an essential service as are education and health issues and should consequently be equitably financed. The Government must recognize the financial efforts made by the municipalities as they provide high quality services to the satisfaction of the elected representatives as well as the concerned population. The implementation of this Fund will enable the cities to invest in greater police services, consequently to continue offering their residents higher quality services while reinstating equity amongst provincial taxpayers. In the name of equity, let's complete the exercise!'

Mr Francoeur states: 'One fourth of the population of Quebec lives on the Island of Montreal alone and we are dealing with one third of the criminality.  In other words, we have our hands full. Hence, why subsidize basic services of municipalities policed by the SQ but not Montreal's?'

In closing, the President of the Fédération invites all media as well as the public to visit the Website www.financementpolice.org for more information on the matter.

The FPMQ is a grouping of association unions composed of municipal police officers through out the province amongst which the FPPM is an Associate.

SOURCE Fédération des policiers et policières municipaux du Québec (FPMQ)

For further information:

Christine Beaulieu, Communication Manage
Corporation de servicesdela
Fédération des policiersetpolicières municipaux du Québec
Telephone:     514 356-3321
Cell.:    514 248-7955
Email:   cbeaulieu@fpmq.org
Website:   www.fpmq.org 
 
Martin Desrochers, Research and Communication Manage
Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal
Telephone:   514 527-4161
Cell.:    514 913-0708
Email:    martind@fppm.qc.ca
Website: www.fppm.qc.ca

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