The members of the new squad Synergie, announced this week and set up to chase bikers and drug dealers from the bars of the North Shore of Montreal, made their first big exit Friday night. After 9 pm, several police officers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and municipal police forces took over a lounge bar on the Côte de Nord Road in Boisbriand, where the bikers were holding a rally.
The police, among whom there was at least one member of the SQ’s intelligence services, arrested the bikers present in and around the establishment. La Presse’s photographer found that at least one of the individuals arrested was wearing the colors of the Hells Angels.
Everything seems to have gone peacefully. It remains unclear whether individuals have been arrested and whether tickets have been distributed.
Police raise the tone
Synergie was set up because of the increasing presence of bikers in licensed establishments in the greater Montreal area since the Hells Angels came back in force in recent years.
Officially, for the moment, Synergy is a pilot project that should last one month. It is inspired by existing police squads such as Éclipse in Montreal, Équinoxe in Laval and BIM in Longueuil, whose members specialize in the surveillance of licensed establishments in Montreal, Laval and Longueuil, and in gathering intelligence on the organized crime and street gangs.
Synergie has three police teams, one in Lachenaie, managed by the Sûreté du Québec, and two in Laval, managed by Laval police. These teams include intelligence officers, organized crime investigators and patrol officers.
The territory covered by Synergie police officers extends from Deux-Montagnes to Berthier, as far as Saint-Sauveur. But the police could even go further north, if necessary. Already, about fifty licensed establishments of the North Crown have been identified as problematic by the criminal intelligence services.
In addition to the SQ and the Laval police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Blainville, L’Assomption, Repentigny, Saint-Eustache and Terrebonne police forces and the Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes Police Authority are involved in the project. synergy. The pilot project could become permanent according to the results obtained during the next month.
The Synergie squad must also conduct targeted operations in other regions of Quebec this weekend, particularly in Saguenay, Quebec City and the Eastern Townships.