34th Consecutive Year of Sun Youth Bike Patrol
Sun Youth Bike Patrol – OnMay 31st, the Sun Youth Bike Patrollers were officially sworn in at the Sun Youth building by Montreal Police (SPVM) Deputy Director Dominic Harvey. This year, 26 patrollers (including 6 teens-on-patrol) will be assigned to 9 Neighbourhood Police Stations all over the Montreal Island. This public ceremony inaugurated Sun Youth’s 34th annual summer Bike Patrol. The patrollers will work closely with local police stations across Montreal and the West-Island for a period of 10 weeks, starting on June 4th and finishing on August 10th, 2018.
The Bike Patrol’s presence on streets and bike paths and in parks and playgrounds of the Greater Montreal will emphasize a sense of safety and community. Speaking 12 different languages, this is a diverse group of young people who have an uncommon desire to work hard at bettering their community. Trained in first aid and other public safety skills, the patrollers will also deliver different seminars on public and bicycle safety, and will be a presence at festivals, community events, and fundraisers for local organizations throughout the summer. Wherever they are, they will act as the eyes and ears of the Montreal Police.
This annual program would not be possible without the support of private businesses and different levels of government. The 34th Edition of the Bike Patrol is made possible by the Federal Government and NDP MP for Outremont Thomas Mulcair, as well as the Quebec Ministry of Public Security and Jacques Chagnon, President of the National Assembly. Local businesses also make an indispensable contribution to the Bike Patrol, including Dorel Industries, who supply the durable mountain bikes used by Sun Youth’s patrollers throughout the summer and GardaWorld and Projet Bolo, who generously provided this year’s uniform. Additionally, Toyota Gabriel General Director Nazih Chemali will provide the patrol with an administrative vehicle. The Sun Youth Bike Patrol is also made possible by financial support from the Gustav Levinschi Foundation.
Feature image: On May 31, 2018, 20 Sun Youth bike patrollers were sworn-in by Montreal Police Deputy Director Dominic Harvey. Photo: Joseph Munro.