The Union of special constables of the Quebec Government agreed to return to the normal uniform until the fall.
The Minister of public safety, Martin Coiteux, has had a double hand unexpected to support his application to the Quebec police officers stop wearing non-regulatory pants, that he has repeated insistently Tuesday at the end of a meeting with the president of the Union of special constables of the Government of Quebec (SCSGQ).
On the one hand, the Union, whose members including the security of the National Assembly, government buildings and courthouses, agreed to suspend this means of pressure and return to the normal uniform until the fall hoping to advance discussions.
On the other hand, the Journal de Montreal reported Tuesday that Martine Hébert, Laval municipal court judge, had acquitted a motorist who faced a fine of $1300 because the police who handed him the ticket was wearing camouflage pants that could have caused confusion on its function, according to recipesinthebox.
Without directly commenting on the decision, a Minister argued that it supported his own pitch. «”. These are reasons like this one I have mentioned, the Minister said. The confusion may, in certain circumstances, be even very serious. […] What we got to a police officer or another person ?»
A “responsible move.”
Thus, Mr. Coiteux praised the decision of the Union of special constables, calling it «responsible gesture » and demonstration of good will who « will allow for dialogue in another context . ».
For his part, the president of the Union, Frank Perales, proved to be very satisfied with his meeting with the Minister. « “. ” I was even surprised to see how the Minister was very open and very much to listen to our demands, or at least folders that you consider as essential to address », told the media at the end of the meeting.
Union among other calls for adding 50 to 60 constables in the Palace of justice in the region, saying, very concerned about the vulnerability of these institutions outside major centres.
« In the Palace of justice [in the region] often missing numbers . “We have to appeal to private security firms who do not have the powers or duties to act as constables have it under the police act », trade unionist argued.
Mr. Perales also had unexpected support from the news, since he did not hesitate a second to draw a parallel with the shooting the day before at the courthouse of St. Joseph, Michigan, which left three people dead.
«We make sure that he’s not an unfortunate event as it happened [Monday] to the United States. […] We believe that we should avoid at all costs he gets like that here in Quebec, especially in the region, where there is a shortage of “», he said.
Peace officers are also dissatisfied with the assessment of their work in the Government scales, assessment that puts their average $ 55,000 salary while they are calling for a reclassification in a scale where that remuneration would be all about $61,000.
The reclassification, with current staff, would represent a sum of 2 million. The addition of 50 to 60 constables would cost between 2.75 and 3.3 million, excluding the reclassification, that would add a $ 300,000 to $ 360 000.
The collective agreement of special constables is expired since March 31, 2015.
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