The Ottawa Police Service created a program called the Service Initiative (SI) to address challenges and improve how they serve the city of Ottawa.
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Safety Advisory – UPDATE
Wildlife attack in the area of Woodroffe Avenue in the Greenbelt
Canada’s Capital Region – The National Capital Commission (NCC) advises residents and farmers to take extra precautions with respect to animals, livestock and pets and to keep them indoors, if possible. There has been a wildlife incident involving an attack on a horse in the vicinity.
Hikers, snowshoers, cross-country skiers and all users of the Greenbelt are asked to keep personal safety in mind and stay on official trails, and to keep their dogs on leashes. As a precautionary measure, the NCC has temporarily closed trail 31 (accessible from P14), trail 32 (accessible from P15) and the Greenbelt Pathway West in the immediate area until further notice. The NCC has installed traps and continues to monitor the area.
Please contact the NCC’s emergency line at 613-239-5353 if you observe an animal behaving in a way that could put the safety of people or pets at risk.
Open Letter by Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau
We live in a safe city. However, as police, we recognize that there are fluctuations in crime to which we must be prepared to respond.
While reported crime is down, there has been an increase in targeted, street gang-related shootings. These incidents have taken place across the city, in various neighbourhoods, and with the common linkage being the illegal drug trade, the availability of hand guns, and the increased willingness of street gang members to use them.
I recognize the concern in the community about these shootings. There is always a threat that these targeted shootings can result in an innocent person being struck.
Preventing this activity, arresting the individuals responsible, and ensuring they are held accountable by the court system continues to be a top operational priority of the Ottawa Police.
But while the focus of the Ottawa Police is squarely on enforcement and proactive policing, we know that the solutions to this issue rest with the community at large. Those longer-term solutions include continued and increased police focus but also increased focus from community agencies who can assist in steering people away from, or out of, the gang lifestyle.
We are responding to these incidents with an increased enforcement strategy that will hold offenders accountable. We have doubled the number of investigators in our Guns and Gangs Unit and we have members in Patrol, Districts, and the Drug Unit focused on investigating, identifying, charging, and keeping close tabs on known gang associates and prolific offenders.
I am confident in the officers working to deal with this increase. They have been doing excellent work on this issue. In 2014 alone, 83 gang members and associates were arrested with hundreds of charges laid.
More than 50 crime guns were seized by Ottawa Police in 2014 and more than half of those were handguns. According to provincial statistics, about 60% of crime guns in Ontario are foreign-sourced and smuggled into Canada often originating in the United States. About 20% are domestically sourced and another 20% have no known origin.
Even after individuals are charged, our police work is often not done. In cases where individuals have been released on court conditions, our Direct Action Response Team officers conduct hundreds of compliance checks to ensure they are keeping to those conditions. In 2014, 29 street gang members or associates were found in breach of conditions and arrested.
About two years ago, we began a discussion on a city-wide gang strategy that includes enforcement but also supports and help for individuals and families vulnerable to the gang lifestyle.
Through our partnerships with Crime Prevention Ottawa, we are supporting the Ottawa Gang Strategy which is designed to help prevent or curtail future gang membership. For example, we are working with the Children’s Aid Society and community partners like the John Howard Society and You Turn to reach out to younger siblings of gang involved youth to break the cycle of violence in families.
The Youth Services Bureau is building a Trades Centre to offer training, employment possibilities and hope to youth involved with the law who are currently making money illegally but need new, realistic sources of income.
There have been hundreds of people involved in information sessions and relationship building exercises to develop a more positive understanding between the criminal justice system and immigrant communities.
We are also looking at ways to address gaps in supports such as the need for support for offenders who come out of jail with the gang lifestyle as their only perceived option.
A great amount of work still needs to be done and our officers are committed to the task of protecting community safety.
Did you know that theft from vehicles increase dramatically during this popular shopping time of the year? As you shop for items in stores, would-be-thieves shop for items in your vehicle. The Ottawa Police Service’s equivalent crime prevention program “All Valuables Removed” Campaign tips can help you ensure your gifts are not the target of would-be-thieves.
You can place an “All Valuables Removed” warning card in your window to help deter thieves. These cards – designed to be displayed by vehicle owners on the inside of the driver’s side window – are letting would-be-thieves know not to bother searching your vehicle and alerting others to take the same precautions.
Tips & Hints
• Remove valuables and shopping bags from view. This includes loose change and electronic devices such as IPods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
• Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
• Close windows and lock the doors.
• Never leave your car or house keys in your vehicle.
• Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic.
• When returning to your vehicle carrying bags, place them in trunk, and then drive away to a different parking spot if shopping is not completed. Thieves notice unattended vehicles that have new purchases for them to take.
Thefts from vehicles are a crime of opportunity and can happen anywhere, and at any time. It is therefore important to take as many preventative measures as possible to try and safeguard yourself from becoming a victim.
“All Valuables Removed” Warning cards are available at Community Police Centres, Ottawa Police stations’ Information Desks, and by request at firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:
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As the events unfold on Parliament Hill and the downtown core, it is incumbent upon us as a police service to be aware of how this incident may have an impact on our local communities. We understand that the recent tragic event in St. Jean de Richelieu and today may be very challenging for members of our communities, and that this incident may exacerbate these challenges.
The Ottawa Police Service has a long standing collaboration with our various faith and communities leaders that have allowed us to build strong and positive relationships. With this in mind, I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my commitment to ensure the safety of all of our communities.
It is with this relationship in mind that we encourage you to share this information as widely as possible with members of your respective communities.
If at any time, you or a member of your community feels that there is a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, you are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1. For all other non-emergency crimes, or for general inquiries, your are encouraged to call 613-236-1222. Visit our website at www.ottawapolice.ca for additional information about the services we offer.
We have attached this link to our most recent media release which also includes specific contact information should you receive any information that could be useful in ensuring overall community safety.
The Ottawa Police Service is committed to professionally serving all residents of the City of Ottawa, and continues our work in partnership with all communities. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to working together.
Should you have any questions regarding this message, I would ask that you contact our Diversity and Race Relations section at email@example.com or 613-236-1222 ext. 5011.
Thank you for your continued support.
Chief of Police
Home should always feel like a safe place for you, your family and your friends. To keep it safe and secure, there are a number of things you need to know. On the safety front, the City of Ottawa offers excellent tips, including:
The Ministry of Justice of Ontario has a valuable Home Security Audit Guide that offers guidance to help you learn about the precautions you should take to reduce the risk of burglary around your home. It offers inexpensive and do-it-yourself suggestions that will help make your home safer.
Neighbours watching out for neighbours is often an excellent way of keeping homes on your street safe. Join your local Neighbourhood Watch, or if your community does not have one, start your own Neighbourhood Watch program.
The Ottawa Police Service offers a home security inspection program for homeowners who want to learn more about reducing the likelihood that their home will become the target of crime. Contact your local Community Police Centre to set up your appointment.
The OPS security inspection is based on a checklist that you can use at home to evaluate the security of your house, apartment, condo or unit.
Do you ever leave your child, aged 9 to 13, home alone? If so, consider home alone training to teach him/her important techniques to handle potentially dangerous situations in your home. A number of community organizations offer home alone training, including the Ottawa Safety Council and Menard Safety.
August 26, 2009
Community Police Center in Barrhaven
Constable Tim Murray, Barrhaven Community Police Officer Ottawa Police Service firstname.lastname@example.org 613-236-1222 ext 2344
Neighbourhood Watch – Member Guide (see Contact page)