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September 11, 2001

On this September 11th anniversary let us pause to remember the loss of first responders that day, 18 years ago. Let us recommit to our brothers and sisters who, by choice, continue to serve, and to our communities who continue to place their trust in our service.  

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention day. We remember friends and colleagues in policing gone too soon. Let us also remember all First Responders and those in our communities who face these challenges. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Ottawa teens. Nationally, suicide rates have steadily increased since 2006.  Ottawa Crisis Line – […]

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

It is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and time to consider the hard work of our communications centre personnel – your first point of contact with the Ottawa Police Service. Combined our Communications sections answer more than 470 thousand calls from the public, including both the region’s 911 service and calls for assistance from our […]

Response from Mr. J. Harden, MPP Ottawa Centre

I received the attached correspondence from Mr. Harden’s office at 7.26pm this evening. In the interest of full disclosure we have decided to post his reply to our letter from earlier today.  Yours Truly,  Matt Skof President                 

Open Letter to Mr. J. Harden, MPP Ottawa-Centre

March 22, 2019   Mr. Joel Harden                                                                                               Member of […]

Building Communities…Building with Habitat for Humanity

As police officers, Paul MacKillop, Jenn McLinton, Janet Hass and Chris Tessier were accustomed to building community relationships. This past winter the four Ottawa police officers took neighbourhood assistance a step further, travelling to Bolivia to actually build communities, constructing homes for Habitat for Humanity. Over the years the team has built homes in seven […]

Skof: SIU rules for police and medical emergencies make no sense

[originally published: Ottawa Citizen March 5, 2018]    On June 28, 1988, the municipalities making up the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton replaced 27 different emergency service phone numbers with one: 911. Overcoming petty political turf wars, Ottawa was one of the last major cities in Canada to adopt this sensible system for summoning emergency services. […]

SKOF: The Ottawa police need to solve staffing issues – now

(originally published – Ottawa Citizen, February 6, 2018)   Ottawa’s politicians are once again facing pressures as a result of the startling escalation of gun-related violence in January. Civic leaders, including Mayor Jim Watson, Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry, Chief Charles Bordeleau and others, have made an effort to present a united front against […]

We Challenge You to Learn More About Mental Health

We should pause today to think of those who may be struggling with mental health issues – one in five Canadians suffers a mental health challenge in his/her lifetime. We understand the need to open a door for someone on crutches or to aid a person who is bruised or bleeding – we must learn […]

Shining a Light on Ottawa Police Staffing

(originally published – Ottawa Sun, Saturday June 10, 2017)   Nearly a century ago social-scientists determined that people change their behavior when they realize that they are being observed. Called the “Hawthorne Effect,” this theory helps to explain the changes in how parties interact when a third-person enters the picture – like a family mediator […]

Police board must act on allegations against senior officers

  The time has come for the Ottawa Police Services Board to act. When Ottawa lawyer Michael Edelson and his firm reviewed thousands of pages of disclosures from the Ottawa Police Service, concerns about the consistency of the evidence made by senior police officers were raised. Mr. Edelson had been retained to represent an Acting […]

An Open Letter to Ottawa Capital Pride

I was troubled to hear that participants at the annual general meeting of Toronto’s Pride organization voted to ban uniformed police from marching or participating in any way in future parades. We are concerned that efforts may be made to require Ottawa’s Pride organization to consider a similar motion. I believe it’s a mistake to […]

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