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Authorized Strength

Our organization is divided into eight directorates along with Executive Services and the OPS board...

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OPS Volunteers and Venturers

In 2012, the Ottawa Police Service was fortunate enough to have 361 active volunteers working with our members...

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The Real You OPS Wellness Program

Helping OPS employees achieve better health in 2012 was the aim of an employer-led wellness initiative´╗┐...

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Member Engagement

As valuable as it is for our Service to gather feedback from the community to improve the way we serve residents...

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth...´╗┐

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Community Awards

The Ottawa Community / Police Awards were held June 5, 2012 to recognize members of the public and members of the...

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Commendations

Chief’s Commendations:  1. Demonstrating outstanding skill, judgement or dedication; 2. Demonstrating...

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We're Recruiting

In 2012, the Ottawa Police Service hired nine experienced officers and eight new recruits from a wide range of...

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Authorized strength

Authorized Strength   

Our organization is divided into eight directorates along with Executive Services and the Ottawa Police Services Board.  The highest proportion of our sworn officers work in Patrol, District and Criminal Investigation Directorates.  Greater detail on how members in each Directorate protect the safety, security and quality of life in Ottawa can be found at ottawapolice.ca  

530 Patrol Directorate

OPS Volunteers and venturers

Ottawa Police Service Volunteers and Venturers  

In 2012, the Ottawa Police Service was fortunate enough to have 361 active volunteers working with our members in various capacities throughout the organization.   Our volunteers range in age between 14 and 88 years and can be seen delivering crime prevention programs through our Community Police Centres (CPC) and our Auxiliary Police Program, singing in the OPS Chorus, and playing in the OPS Pipe & Drum Band. They can be seen running our OPS Gift Shop, providing tours of the Elgin Street station to the public as a member of the Venturers program, and providing spiritual support to members through our Chaplaincy / Spiritual program.   

Did you know that our active volunteers in 2012 have almost 2,000 years of combined experience?  

For volunteer opportunities please visit ottawapolice.ca  Outreach and Recruitment Section 

Bill Grueschow – OPS Chorus, Gift Shop and Tactical Unit volunteer  for  21 years

Why did you become a volunteer?

 I hold altruistic values therefore I give willingly of my time for worthy causes such as volunteering at the OPS.  

What are you most proud of in your role(s)?  

Running the Gift Shop as well as being a member of the Police Chorus and being a logistics person at the OPS Tactical Unit gives me pleasure and satisfaction.

How do you feel you’re contributing?  

My knowledge of business and interpersonal skills I acquired over the years in my professional life helps me to deal professionally with other volunteers and the general public, as well as the police officers in the Tactical Unit. The camaraderie amongst the members of the Tactical Unit is the most gratifying part of volunteering to me. I also enjoy the knowledge that I’m giving back to the community.  

 Anthony Larocque – Police Venturer for four years  

Why did you become a Venturer?  

Since a young age, policing has been an employment opportunity that has interested me. The Ottawa Police Service Venturers program was presented to me as a volunteer contingent of the Ottawa Police Service, where high school students with a common interest could acquire knowledge on the vast aspects that characterize the police service. This was comprised of weekly meetings, where guest speakers from various units would present their expertise to the program. In addition, many volunteer opportunities were presented to have an active role in the surrounding communities of the City of Ottawa.   Volunteering has been highly present in my life; having the satisfaction of assisting events, while representing the Ottawa Police Service has brought phenomenal experiences.  

What are you most proud of in your role(s)?  

Since my enrollment into the Ottawa Police Service Venturers program, many opportunities have been presented which have permitted an active role in the surrounding communities of the City of Ottawa. While attending the various events, and promoting professionalism and leadership, the communities’ satisfaction to our presence distinguishes itself.  

How do you feel you’re contributing?  

Small deeds speak volumes. When the members of the Ottawa Police Service Venturers have an active role in the community, it is our mandate to effectively complete the task that has been assigned to us.   The acknowledgement of the community is the way we consider our volunteer responsibilities to have been concluded as a "job well done," especially when the actions have a direct influence on the community we serve.  

The Real You OPS Wellness Program

The Real You OPS Wellness Program

Helping OPS employees achieve better health in 2012 was the aim of an employer-led wellness initiative called the Real You OPS Wellness Program. The Real You Program is an investment in optimal health, focusing on medical, psychological, dietary and fitness components as an approach to attaining a healthier lifestyle.

The 16 month program included men and women, both civilian and sworn, with varying lifestyles, ages, years of service and fitness levels. I considered myself to be in good general health when I applied to the program,” said Inspector Paul Gallant, a 28 year veteran of the police service who is married with two kids. But I was particularly interested in increasing my fitness level, undergoing more in-depth medical testing and learning more about nutrition. There were no big shocks, but through The Real You Program, I was able to address them before they became a problem,” he said.

Paul was one of the 70 people who successfully completed the program in 2012. Some of the benefits experienced by participants were:

  • Better overall sense of well-being
  • Better eating habits
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Weight loss & reduction of body fat
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Improved energy
  • Improved ability to manage stress

  • OPS believes that healthy employees deliver better results which is especially important in policing.  The Real You Program is being offered in 2013, to help another 100 participants in achieving better health. Further research will continue in 2013 looking into how the Program helps individuals and how this improves OPS service to the public.

  • Angela Slobodian, Health, Safety and Lifestyle

Member engagement

Member Engagement  

As valuable as it is for our Service to gather feedback from the community to improve the way we serve residents, it is also important to hear the views and opinions of our members.  Between March and April 2012, a total of 1,389 OPS members participated in an online survey to gauge their level of engagement and satisfaction working at the Ottawa Police Service. The 2012 member survey results indicate that most members of OPS are satisfied in terms of their work environment and relationships with immediate supervisors.  On the other hand, the survey shows that work needs to be done in terms of how connected members feel with the organizational vision, the level of information and communication being shared in the organization, and job mobility.    
Steps are being taken to address the issues raised in the survey, such as improved support for employee wellness, training for Special Constables and information sharing.   

Andrew Berry, Planning, Performance and Analytics  

Gala poster

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) hosted the third annual Ottawa Police Gala on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The Gala raises funds for important causes in the community, as well as bringing the OPS together with the people it serves.  

Last year’s charity of choice was the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and a total of $127,000 was raised. The funds will help provide professional and immediate crisis support to many young people in our community.    

We would like to acknowledge all sponsors for their commitment to the Gala. We are already looking forward to our 2013 event. Be sure to save the date – October 19, 2013!

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals  

Street banner for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.  It serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, and OPS recipients in 2012 were:  

  • Constable Mahamud Elmi  
  • Staff Sergeant Patrick Frost  
  • Constable Sherry Jordan-Quenneville  
  • Staff Sergeant Sean McDade  
  • Staff Sergeant John Medeiros  
  • Cindy Wells  
  • Constable Paolo Crescenzi 
  • Donna Watson-Elliott. 
  • Director General Debra Frazer 
  • Chief Charles Bordeleau 

Community Awards  

The Ottawa Community / Police Awards were held June 5, 2012 to recognize members of the public and members of the Ottawa Police Service who have made a significant contribution to the Service or the community.  The Community Service Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated continued excellence in the performance of their duties and/or dedication to the community. 2012 recipients were:

  • Ms. Frances Casey
  • Constable Mahamud Elmi
  • Staff Sergeant Pierre Gauthier

In 1993, the Governor General approved the creation of a Certificate of Commendation to issue to those who have made a significant contribution by providing assistance to another person in a selfless manner. 2012 recipients were:

  • Sergeant Damien Coakeley
  • Constable Filippo Flocco
  • Constable Tom McFadden

The Certificate of Valour is presented to a member of the public or a member of the Ottawa Police Service for an act of personal bravery or highly-meritorious service that is of assistance to the Ottawa Police Service. 2012 recipients were:

  • Constable Michael Bellefeuille
  • Mr. Richard Guertin
  • Mr. Michael Lapointe
  • Mr. Greg Ouellet
  • Mr. Randy Ray
  • Ms. Ashley Stevens
  • Mr. Kristopher Vdovich
  • Mr. Reginald Woods

The Certificate of Merit is presented to a member of the public or member of the Ottawa Police Service for an act of unselfish assistance or demonstration of unique concern for the safety and well-being of another individual or the community. 2012 recipients were:

  • Mr. Amar Ajaa
  • Mr. Rob Bittorf
  • Mr. Eric Christensen
  • Ms. Tina Dodds
  • Mr. Chris MacDonald
  • Ms. Rachel Reinders
  • Staff Sergeant Dana Reynolds
  • Ms. Allison Rowe
  • Ms. Joanne Soltendieck

The Thomas G. Flanagan, S.C. Scholarship Certificate is presented to visible minority and Aboriginal women who have expressed an interest in a policing career and the 2012 recipient was Ms. Batul Masri.

The International Peace Operations Commemorative Coin provides the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with the opportunity to recognize the individual contribution of Canadian police officers who serve overseas on behalf of Canada’s International Peace Operations Program. 2012 recipients were:

  • Constable Woody Aspilaire
  • Constable Carolyn Botting
  • Constable Dave Brennan
  • Constable Robert Cairns
  • Staff Sergeant Carl Cartright
  • Staff Sergeant Brad Hampson
  • Constable Mark Horton
  • Sergeant Jamie Jordon
  • Constable Raymond Lamarre
  • Constable Shane Lebeau
  • Constable John Monette
  • Sergeant William Murrell
  • Sergeant Steve Nixon
  • Constable Sebastien Paradis
  • Sergeant Sandra Sparling

The Operational Service Medal – South-West Asia was created to provide recognition to operations other than those conducted in the presence of an armed enemy and each requiring 30 days of accumulated service. 2012 recipients were:

  • Constable Robert Cairns
  • Constable Mark Horton
  • Sergeant Jamie Jordon

Finally, one former member of the Ottawa Police Services Board, Mr. Jim MacEwen, was recognized for his dedicated service to the community and the Board.

Mr. Jim MacEwen with Chair Eli El-Chantiry and Chief Charles Bordeleau

Sergeant Mark Houldsworth (Retired) was nominated by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) for the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for his contributions to policing both locally and nationally.  He was invested into the Order at the Member level in May 2012.

Sergeant Mark Houldsworth, along with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada

Constable Khoa Hoang was the 2012 recipient of the Enforcement Professional Award bestowed by Crime Prevention Ottawa as part of their fourth annual Community Safety Awards

Constable Khoa Hoang

Constable Khoa Hoang and Chief Charles Bordeleau at the Crime Prevention Ottawa 2012 Community Safety Awards

Constable Jeffrey Eva-Consalez

 Commendations  

Chief’s Commendations:  

1. Demonstrating outstanding skill, judgement or dedication;

2. Demonstrating a high standard of police conduct or humanitarianism;

3. Diligent and sustained effort (significantly exceeding normal);

4. Developing a method or program with substantial effect.   

 

 

 

2012 recipients of Chief’s Commendations were:  

OPS Pipe Band

At year end 2011, the OPS Pipe Band commemorated 40 years of dedicated service and representation of the Ottawa Police Service mantra: “Pride, Professionalism and Respect.”   

Sgt DANYLUK, Peter

Sergeant Peter Danyluk’s vision was critical to the implementation of the Ottawa Police Service Ethics Program. His work will positively impact current and future community relations, and all Ottawa Police Service members, setting a strong ethical foundation for years to come.  

Cst EVA-GONZALES, Jeffrey  

On August 6, 2011, Constable Jeffrey Eva- Gonzalez responded to a call for a woman standing on the Highway 416 overpass who appeared as though she was going to jump. Constable Eva-Gonzalez's quick thinking and immediate action in a dangerous situation undoubtedly saved the woman's life.   

Sgt DUGAL, Richard

On Thursday, June 30, 2011, Sergeant Richard Dugal of the Crisis Management Negotiators Unit attended the residence of a woman who was on her ninth floor balcony indicating that she was going to commit suicide. Sergeant Dugal’s actions saved this young woman’s life.   

Cst WRIGHT, Sean

On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, Constable Sean Wright, along with a fellow responding officer, conducted a traffic stop involving a driver who had an extensive criminal record and three warrants out for his arrest. Due to diligent questioning, intuition, and observations of the accused, the officers decided to conduct a search of the vehicle trunk where they found an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of Constable Wright's actions, a great deal of criminal intelligence was obtained, the accused was arrested and a homicide was prevented.   

Cst KHALID, Mehdy

On Tuesday, January 4, 2011, Constable Mehdy Khalid, along with a fellow responding officer, conducted a traffic stop involving a driver who had an extensive criminal record and three warrants out for his arrest. Due to diligent questioning, intuition, and observations of the accused, the officers decided to conduct a search of the vehicle trunk where they found an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of Constable Khalid's actions, a great deal of criminal intelligence was obtained, the accused was arrested and a homicide was prevented.   Constable Mehdy Khalid and Constable Sean Wright with Chief Bordeleau  

Cst BEAURIVAGE, Eric

Over the course of an 18 month period, members of the Ottawa Police Service worked in conjunction with the OPP and RCMP on a drug investigation called, Project "Sleepwalker". Overall, 22 persons were charged with 236 offences. The success of this project would not have been possible without Constable Beaurivage's dedication and commitment.  

Cst HEUCHERT, Mark

Over the course of an 18 month period, members of the Ottawa Police Service worked in conjunction with the OPP and RCMP on a drug investigation called, Project "Sleepwalker". Overall, 22 persons were charged with 236 offences. The success of this project would not have been possible without Constable Heuchert's dedication and commitment.  

Senior Officer Commendation:  

1. Demonstrating exceptional skill, judgement or dedication;

2. Demonstrating a high standard of police conduct or humanitarianism;

3. Diligent and sustained effort (exceeding normal);

4. Developing a method or program with significant effect.   

2012 recipients of Senior Officer Commendations were:  

Cst BERNARD, Yannik

Sgt BERREA, Dan

Civ BLOUIN, Jean-Francois

Cst BROWN, Brad

Cst CAMERON, Richard

Cst COCHRANE, Chris

Cst COLLINS, Adam

Sgt CURTIS, Seth

Cst DINARDO, Marco

Cst EMERY, Brian

Cst FAIRBAIRN, Craig

Cst FORGIE, Troy  

Cst FORTIN, Natalie

Sgt GORDON, Glenn

Cst HAGAN, Tony

Cst HAM, Benjamin

Cst HAMBERGER, Katarzyna

Cst HARRIOT, Scott

Cst HILL, Doug

Cst HOUSTON, Rob

Cst KENNEDY, Alison

Cst LAFLEUR, Louise

Cst LASKA, Susan

Cst LE, Phong  

Cst LEGER, Dan

Cst MACKILLOP, Paul

Cst MCNAUGHT, Mike

Cst MILLER, Mark

Cst RENWICK, Tim

Cst RYAN, Kelly

Cst SABOURIN, Lee

Cst SMITH, Paul

Cst STEPHEN, Karen

Cst TETREAULT, Roger

Cst WHITE, Neil

Sgt YEOUMANS, Edward  

Manager/NCO Commendation:  

1. Demonstrating notable skill, judgement or dedication;

2. Demonstrating a high standard of Police conduct or humanitarianism;  

3. Diligent and sustained effort (well above normal);

4. Developing a method or program with positive effect.   

2012 recipients of Manager/NCO Commendations were:  

Cst ADLARD, Mike

Cst ALBRIGHT, Melissa

Civ ARMSTRONG, Paula

Cst BAJWA, Jasdeep

Sgt BARAKAT, Sal

Cst BERNARD, Yannik

Sgt BERNIER, Robert  

Cst BONIN, Jean-Luc  

Cst BROUILLETTE, Charles 

Cst BROWN, Stephen  

Sgt CORBETT, Patrick

Cst CORMIER, Shawn  

Sgt COSTANTINI, Anthony

Sgt CHRISTY, Dawna

Cst CYR, Danny

Sgt DESJOURDY, Steven

Civ DIAB, Fadia

UNIT Facilities Team

Cst FONG, Alana  

Cst GREGAN, Shane

Cst HAMBERGER, Katarzyna

Civ HASHIMY, Sayed

Cst HEBERT, Curtis

Sgt HERASIMENKO, Mike  

Cst HERZIG, Franziska

Civ IELAPI, Patrizia

UNIT Information Technology Team

Civ JONES, Gordon

Civ KILMARTIN, Joseph  

Civ KONARSKI, Paul

Cst LACELLE, Guy

Cst LATOURELL, Robert  

Cst LAUNEN, Kari

Cst LAVERGNE, Christian

S/Sgt LAVIOLETTE, Michael

Cst LECHLEITNER, Reinhard

Civ LEE, Eugene

Cst LEMAY, Richard

Cst LENNON, Christopher

Civ LOCKHART, Dale

Cst LOCKWOOD, Neil  

Cst LUSHMAN, Walter  

Cst MACINTYRE, Brent  

Civ MALONEY, Patricia

Civ MARPLE, Brittany  

Civ McDADE, Jerilyn

Civ O'BRIEN, Dean

Cst PARADIS, Sebastien  

Cst PEAK, Brad

Sgt PETTIS, Scott

Cst ROHRIG, Brad

Cst SAFRUK, Shyldon  

UNIT Security Operations Team

Cst SHAW, Harley  

Sgt SHEEHY, Marc-Andre  

UNIT Telecommunications Team

Cst TENNANT, Jennifer

Cst THOMSON, Greg   

Sgt TREMBLAY, Paul

UNIT Street Crime Unit  

Cst VANDAL, Michel

Cst VANDERWATER, Rebecca

Cst WAGNER, Randy

Sgt WONG, Arthur  

Congratulations to all who received Commendations in 2012!  

New Recruit to the Ottawa Police Service at the 2012 Enrolment Ceremony

We’re Recruiting   

In 2012, the Ottawa Police Service hired nine experienced officers and eight new recruits from a wide range of backgrounds and from across Canada. The Recruitment Team continues to attend various multi-cultural events and recruits individuals representing the diversity of our city. The Team has also introduced a new bi-annual women-only recruitment event.   

Outreach and Recruitment Section  

Want to find out more?  Take a look at our Recruitment page at ottawapolice.ca to learn more about OPS and the community we serve, and to hear from our new recruits.