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Reaction of the Bureau de la sécurité privée to Recent Legal Developments

Montreal, 15 July 2016 – The Bureau de la sécurité privée (BSP) has been contacted by various media in recent days concerning its position on the current legal dispute between Julie Snyder and private investigation agent Claude Viens. The BSP takes no position regarding this private dispute.
 
The BSP wishes to reiterate, however, that the occupation of investigation agent in Quebec is recognized and governed by the Private Security Act. Not everyone can become a private investigator. Anyone wishing to obtain a licence must begin by successfully completing minimum mandatory training and undergoing a rigorous criminal background check. Furthermore, investigation agents and other private security activities who are subject to the Act must follow strict standards of conduct. The standards provideinter alia that agents must, at all times, respect the confidential nature of the information received in the course of their duties.
 
Lastly, any person who feels it is appropriate may lodge a complaint with the BSP. Complaints may be filed by email at plaintes@bsp-qc.caor by phone at 514-748-7480 and will be kept fully confidential. The BSP’s Department of Investigations and Inspections will open a file and follow up as necessary.
 
 
About the Bureau de la sécurité privée
Guided by its values of integrity, rigour and transparency, the mission of the Bureau de la sécurité privée is to ensure the protection of the public. The BSP was established in 2010 with the coming into force of the Private Security Act. It is a self-regulating organization that oversees this rapidly expanding industry. In conjunction with other stakeholders in the sector, the BSP plays an essential role in ensuring the professionalism of private security services. As a result, it can offer all Quebecers peace of mind and confidence regarding the quality of private security agents and agencies.
 
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For more information contact:
Marie-Noëlle Paquette, Communications Agent
514-748-7480, ext. 1706
communications@bsp-qc.ca

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