So, Quebec Public Security Minister Lise Thériault isn’t the only one unhappy about the St Tite acquired Sheriff uniforms worn by the Police of Chateauguay. It seems like our Municipal Mayoress Nathalie Simon is quite fed up and has seemingly “thrown down the gauntlet” in an effort to to rein in Chateauguay’s ‘Cowboy Cops’. She is requesting that Quebec’s labour relations commission rule in regard to our Police Force’s continued dressing in western attire.
Still protesting Bill 3, ( Police pension reform) the Chateauguay Police Brotherhood union purchased $25,000 worth of the cowboy-themed uniforms and boots. Chateauguay’s Citizens reportedly have mixed reactions on the ‘new duds’.
One resident told the ChateauguayCitizen.com that she thinks that they look like left over costumes from Halloween – and further stated that “the badges look like they were purchased at the Dollar Store”. Other residents actually like the ‘get up’ – “especially the Cowboy Hats and Boots” one remarked. Other have mentioned that they feel disrespected by the dress up antics and feel that the local cops cannot be taken seriously. Some others are calling them ‘babies’. Others are praising their Public relations team for their tactics to garner media interest and in turn causing much visibility for their ’cause’.
Mayoress Simon reportedly voiced her concern “we are no longer able to tell the difference between real police and someone who is disguised as a police officer.”
It seems that even the Provincial Federation of Municipal Police officers or (La Fédération des policiers municipaux du Québec) (FPMQ) are also concerned about the choice of attire. They released a statement saying :
“The goal of pressure tactics is to put pressure on those who make decisions while maintaining service to the public in its entirety,” “Unfortunately, we believe the wearing of the sheriff’s costume while carrying out the function of a police officer cannot guarantee this fundamental goal.
The city is also said to be confused as to why the Quebec Workplace Safety Board ( CSST) has declined to intervene in regard to the wearing of the attire Cowboy Boots, concerned about the potential for safety related issues.
“The city’s position on this matter is clear-The costumes being worn by members of the police brotherhood, in particular the boots -do not permit the efficient execution of their duties, which could compromise a service that the public has the right to receive.” said Chateauguay officials.
The controversy continues…
PS-This picture below is not meant to reflect on the issues or is not to be taken as anything to do with the situation or to imply any opinion on the Chateauguay Police whatsoever – We greatly appreciate our Police force, we greatly admire them and continue to respect and Thank them for their unfaltering commitment to ensuring the safety of ALL Chateauguay Citizens- no matter what they are wearing!
WE JUST THINK THE PICTURE IS SO DANG CUTE!!!