Critics seek greater community role in shaping Ottawa Police Service’s mental health response strategy
Community members are not impressed by the Ottawa Police Service’s plan to change the way it handles mental health crises.
Police service promises action on harassment and ends patches on uniforms
“Change is happening and more change is coming,” said Ottawa Police chief Peter Sloly.
Police equity council struggles with calls to defund Ottawa’s force while improving officers’ performance
Members of the Ottawa police equity council are caught between calls to defund the OPS after the death of Abdirahman Abdi and the council’s mandate to improve policing.
Acquittal of Ottawa police officer in death of Abdirahman Abdi draws reaction from across Canada
The acquittal of Ottawa Police Const. Daniel Montsion of three charges from the death of Abdirahman Abdi four years ago is drawing reaction from across the country. Montsion was found not guilty of manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in by Ontario Court Justice Robert Kelly, who said he was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Montsion…
Motion to ‘defund the police’ may be just the beginning
A motion to defund the police and move that money to public health for COVID-19 in the upcoming city budget failed on Wednesday. The opposition for the motion says that the money for pandemic relief will not come out of the police budget.
Pandemic, hot weather, swimming in unfamiliar waters likely behind spike in drownings: safety advocate
There have been five drownings this summer, all in the Ottawa River. One expert says it’s time to change the focus on water safety.
As thefts surge, police remind cyclists to lock up and upload
Bike theft is on the rise, and the city is hoping people will register for a program aiming to have their bikes returned to them.
Large gathering at Alberta legislature continues anti-racism conversation
EDMONTON — Up to 15,000 protestors gathered in the Alberta capital on Friday night for an anti-racism protest sparked by the death of a Black American man who died after his violent arrest by Minneapolis police. Demonstrations condemning police brutality have been occurring across the U.S., Canada and around the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Fight…
Police making progress on better relations with minority communities, says equity council member
With the OPS’ Community Equity Council seeing success in its first year, there is still more work to be done in Ottawa relating to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Ottawa Police hate crime unit investigating egging at Holocaust monument
Following the recent Holocaust Monument vandalism, Ottawa’s Jewish community responds to what some call ‘a new norm’ of anti-semitism.
Rise in reported hate crimes prompts Ottawa police to revive specialized unit
The Ottawa Police Service has revamped its hate crimes unit due to a recent increase in hate motivated activity in the past year.