“We have to find a way to get closer and closer to the community outside of the emergency calls,” he told Montreal’s public safety committee on Thursday morning.
The city is recommending Dagher, a long-time police officer, as its next chief of police. Mayor Valérie Plante officially made the announcement Thursday afternoon.
Since 2017, Dagher has held the top job with Longueuil police on Montreal’s shore shore, where he implemented community-based approach to policing — and his contract was extended for eight more years last December.
Longueuil Mayor Catherine Fournier said in a statement that Dagher’s method is “the vision for the future” of policing in Quebec and his work made the city the standard bearer for it.