On May 10, 2022, at a webinar on ethics and policing (L’éthique au cœur de la pratique policière), Executive Education HEC Montréal welcomed Fady Dagher, director of the Longueuil agglomeration police department (SPAL). Dagher took up this role in 2017 after 25 years with the Montreal police department. He and Joé T. Martineau, associate professor at HEC Montréal, engaged in a fascinating conversation about the ethical reforms he has introduced at SPAL.
Dagher launched an immersive training program in an effort to bridge the gap between the police and the general public. The officers who volunteered to take part spent five weeks in the field, unarmed and in plain clothes, to see first-hand what life is like for people living with the realities of homelessness, mental health issues, sexual assault, autism spectrum disorders and other situations. Participants were exposed to a different scenario every two to three days.