73. Before abolishing its police force or reducing its size, a municipality must obtain authorization from the Minister, who shall consult representative municipal organizations and the associations representing police officers, and fix the time within which they are to give their opinion.
If authorization is given under the first paragraph, the Minister shall establish, where expedient, a reclassification committee to examine the possibility of integrating the police officers concerned into another police force or of finding them other employment within the municipality. The abolition or reduction in size of the police force has effect from the date determined by the committee in its recommendations, or on the date occurring six months after the date on which the committee begins its examination, whichever is sooner.
If no reclassification committee is established, the abolition or reduction in size of the police force becomes effective on the date determined in the Minister’s authorization.
The reclassification committee shall consist of six members appointed by the Minister of Public Security, including two members from the Ministère de la Sécurité publique and the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire respectively, the other members being chosen, in equal numbers, from organizations representing municipalities and associations representing police officers. Where the abolition or reduction in size of the police force of a municipality is followed by an agreement under which the Sûreté du Québec is to provide police services in the municipality, two additional members of the committee must represent the administration of the Sûreté du Québec and the association representing its members, respectively.
2000, c. 12, s. 73; 2001, c. 19, s. 4; 2003, c. 19, s. 250; 2005, c. 28, s. 196; 2009, c. 26, s. 109.