Job description for new police chief

Members of the public were surveyed and they said this is the kind of police chief Montreal needs: someone who communicates well and runs things transparently, but can also handle the public safety dossier, which is on people’s minds. (They also said the person needs to be “perfectly bilingual” which I suspect may cause a fuss, but we’ll see.)

I would think a police chief has to be more circumspect than totally transparent. Police must be making investigations and devising tactics all the time that can’t be revealed to the public. Some things can be explained in retrospect, but not everything – e.g. that mysterious secret trial that was reported earlier this year that apparently involved a police informant whose identity can’t be risked. So you don’t want someone prepared to be naively open either.