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Remembering September 11, 2001

We remember the police, firefighters, and paramedics who, on this day nineteen years ago, responded to New York City’s Twin Towers. Four hundred and fourteen first responders gave their lives on that day, and another three hundred and thirty-eight would suffer and die from related hazardous exposures attributed to their rescue and recovery work at […]

Testing Leadership: An Inconvenient Truth

When a police service changes command, members experience a sense of hope, a desire that new leadership will address workplace needs, and will stand with them when challenges arise, as they surely do in policing. This sense of hope is even greater when transitioning from a command that had soured long-before. Leadership is a tricky […]

National Day of Mourning

Today is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured from their work. Originating in Canada in 1984, today over 100 countries pause to remember killed or injured workers. This year there will be no vigils, no candlelight memorials or ceremonies. In Ontario, on average, 5 workers die each working day. The Canadian […]

Remembering RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson

On behalf of the two thousand women and men who serve Ottawa’s community, we pause for a moment of silence to remember our sister, Constable Heidi Stevenson of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, serving in Nova Scotia. Today’s news has been heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with Constable Stevenson’s family, colleagues, and community. We remain hopeful […]

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2020

A vital part of the police family are our dispatchers, the first contact between the public and police service. Our professional communications experts are trained to listen intensely and make a first assessment of the needs of the public. Going from call to call, they serve our community through their insight, experience, their calm and […]

Ottawa Bandits: Special Needs Hockey.

It’s hockey season and a time of the year when members of the Ottawa Police Association are active in the local sports community. Many of our members volunteer to coach minor hockey or are active in the figure skating community. Others can be found on ski hills throughout the region, with their own kids, or […]

Ford Government Invests in Local Policing

The Ottawa Police Association was delighted that Member of Provincial Parliament Goldie Ghamari attended the Ottawa Police Association office Tuesday to announce an important investment in community safety. In identifying $13.83 million being given to the Ottawa Police Service, MPP Ghamari noted that “this support will play a crucial role in strengthening community safety in […]

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 […]