UPAC: 60 % of police officers would like to go back to the SQ, according to the union

News 13 February, 2018
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    Tuesday, February 13, 2018 12:53

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    The union of police officers of the Sûreté du Québec maintains that the work climate within the Unité permanente anti-corruption (UPAC) is rotten, so much so that more than half of its employees would want to leave the ship to return to the ranks of the SQ.

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    Several reports that have been released in recent weeks have confirmed the existence of a work climate that execrable to the UPAC, but for some police officers, “rien ne va plus,” says the union’s president, Pierre Veilleux.

    According to him, nearly 60 % of police-investigators want to return to the SQ because they are unhappy at the UPAC. It is in this context that Mr. Veilleux has sent a letter to the minister of public Safety, Martin Coiteux, asking him to postpone the adoption of the draft law 107 scheduled for this week and that must do the UPAC police force as a whole.

    The Association of the provincial police of Quebec (APPQ) wants in particular to add in the bill a section providing for its participation in the process of loan of investigators from the SQ to the UPAC.

    “The climate of very difficult work in this unit even more justified that the APPQ to be able to make representations as it considers appropriate to support its members,” writes Mr. Veilleux.

    The latter argues that it is necessary to solve the problem of the relations of work and allow police officers unhappy to return to the SQ if they wish prior to its adoption.

    “The work climate is rotten. Nothing is for certain. We’re going to have something happens and it will be necessary to discuss the matter with the ministry, with the authorities of the UPAC and even with the Sûreté du Québec because they are their employees,” he said at the microphone of VAT New.

    The minister Coiteux has agreed to meet with the union Friday to try to find a way to resolve this impasse, but there is no question of calling into question its confidence in the commissioner of UPAC, Robert Lafreniere, and this, even if he admits that the work environment needs to be improved.

    On Tuesday, the opposition were to vote against the consideration of bill 107, but it should be adopted in the course of the week.