By Tracey Arial
Police officers from Station 16 Verdun/Nuns’ Island held a consultation with local community groups last month, on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Station Chief Pierre Liboiron, Lieutenant Jacinthe Boucher, social community agents Nathalie Grenier, Glenn Henden, Isabelle Dallaire and Christophe Van Eyck were all there, as were several of the other police officers from the station.
Also there were Verdun borough director Pierre Winner and many borough councillors. Community groups whose representatives attended included Manna Food Bank, La Maison du Réconfort, Action Prevention Verdun and many others.
“In 2013, we received 34 calls per day and 12,256 calls for the year,” said Liboiron, when describing the challenges the station faces. “We have 77 police officers, two civil employees, four cadets and 32 school crossing guards.”
“The goals we have for the year include increasing foot and bike patrols, informing businesses, today’s consultation, creating a databank of community resources, holding 40 conferences in schools, participating in the table de concertation, seniors’ awareness session and intergenerational projects.”
According to Liboiron, there are five key intersections that are causing traffic in Verdun: Galt and Wellington, Champlain and de L’Eglise, Champlain and Woodland, Wellington and Gilbert Dubé, and Île de Sœurs and Chemin Golf.
Among the issues brought up during discussions were: isolation at the metro stations, particularly at night; speed on borough streets; graffiti; and night time loitering and drug deals next to the aquaduct and on the waterfront.
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