High expectations on police reform

Elected officials of the National Assembly were surprised by the questions raised in the “JE” program on the work of the Sûreté du Québec police officers in the kidnapping and murder of Norah and Romy Carpentier.

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We learned that the Saint-Appolinaire firefighters were ready to deploy 80 people specializing in forest searches to find the girls and their father on July 8.

“It took us permission from the SQ to be able to continue our research, push our research outside the perimeter of the highway,” explains Martin Miller, director of the Saint-Apollinaire fire department.

It was finally more than two days later that the bodies of the girls were found. It is therefore legitimate to wonder why the research was not started more quickly.

“I think what is missing a bit is post-mortem”, explains Jean Rousselle, liberal spokesperson for public safety.

“We call on the police to be transparent. Why doesn’t she explain what happened? ” asks the solidarity deputy Alexandre Leduc.

“We have to go further because every minute counts in this kind of event. If we want to restore confidence in the police, I think we could do better, ”says Martin Ouellet of the Parti Québécois.

Elected officials expect a lot from Quebec’s green paper on police reform, which should be tabled at the beginning of May.

Organizations have been calling for specialized research squads for several years.

“What we see is that unfortunately stories are repeated and the first hours are lost,” laments Nancy Roy of the Association of Families of Assassinated or Missing Persons.

The Sûreté du Québec says it will wait for the coroner’s recommendations before commenting.

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