The Montreal police union is calling on mayoral candidates to have a clear plan for improving public security.

Yves Francoeur, president of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal, said he wants the four candidates for mayor to know that public safety is an issue for the electorate and that police work needs more funding to make citizens feel safe.

"We are ready to work with the new administration we will have after the third of November because public security was not a priority of... administrations for the past ten years," said Francoeur at a press conference today.

The police union commissioned Leger Marketing to conduct a survey about Montrealers' attitudes towards public safety. 

The study found that 37 per cent of Montrealers think the city's streets are less secure than they were ten years ago.

The survey also said that 74 per cent of Montrealers are satisfied with the work of the Montreal police.

In the upcoming elections, public security is the second biggest concern for most Montrealers according to this report.

For certain parts of the city, such as Montreal North and Kirkland, it is the main worry for citizens.

"What people are telling us in the survey right now is that public security is the first, or one of the first priorities for us on the island of Montreal," said Francoeur. 

Francoeur said that this feeling of security has an influence on whether citizens decide to stay on the island when they start families, or move to suburbs that are perceived as being more safe.