Quebec will see the first all-electric police car, promoting a less threatening image

MONTREAL — A city north of Montreal says it is working with its police department to launch a six-month pilot project that will introduce the first all-electric police cars in Quebec. The project in Repentigny, Quebec.

MONTREAL — A city north of Montreal says it is working with its police department to launch a six-month pilot project that will introduce the first all-electric police cars in Quebec.

The Repentigny, Quebec project was developed by the Quebec firm Cyberkar, which specializes in technological solutions for emergency vehicles.

Cyberkar says the project, which is expected to start in late April, will mark the first time an electric police vehicle has been designed and manufactured in the province.

City officials released a statement saying the project, which converted a Ford Mustang with a 300 kilometer battery range, will not only be environmentally friendly but will also give the force a new visual identity.

The release says the electric patrol cars will give police a look that aims to promote “closer ties to the community by fostering a more positive and less threatening image.”

Repentigny police have faced a series of human rights complaints, allegations of racial profiling and community tensions that escalated further last August following the death of black resident Jean-René Junior. Olivier.

The 37-year-old was shot multiple times as he stood outside his family home on August 1 after his mother called 911 asking for help transporting him to hospital for mental health issues. Mental Health.

Stéphanie Fortier, organizational performance consultant for Repentigny, says the pilot project is one of many efforts the police department is launching to improve interactions with citizens.

“What kind of impact does the visual identity have, versus connecting with people, does it make a difference,” Fortier said, explaining that studies in Europe have shown that the perception that people have the font can be improved by changing the visual identity.

Repentigny will push to promote all-electric cars to other police forces in Quebec, added Mr. Fortier, once the pilot project is completed by the end of next fall.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on February 12, 2022.

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