Sent: 05/08/2015 8:49:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Dear community partners
On Behalf of the project lead A/Insp. Mark Patterson, for the Ottawa Police Service’s Street Check Project, I would like to invite you to participate in a feedback session about street checks.
In order to ensure maximum participation, we have the following options to choose from :
- Friday, August 21 4:00pm- 5:30pm City Hall Festival Control Boardroom, 110 Laurier Ave.
- Tuesday, August 25 10:00am-11:30am City Hall Festival Control Boardroom, 110 Laurier Ave.
- Tuesday August 25 3:00pm-4:30pm Ottawa Police Station, Pat Hayes Boardroom, 474 Elgin St.
- Wednesday, August 26 4:00pm-5:30pm City Hall Festival Control Boardroom, 110 Laurier Ave.
Please register here today to save your spot at one of the listed sessions. Your registration will ensure sufficient preparations for food and beverages.
The Ottawa Police Service welcomes the Ontario Government’s decision to carry out consultations this summer in order to create guidelines to standardize street checks across the province. The aim is to establish provincial rules for street checks to ensure these encounters are consistent, without bias, and carried out in a manner that promotes public confidence in order to maintain the use of a valuable tool for police. See announcement
An update on the Ottawa Police Service’s Street Check Project was provided to the Ottawa Police Services Board on Monday, July 27, 2015. The update report includes:
- Street Check Public Education: Key information about our street checks including when they are warranted, the type intelligence collected and their role in preventing and solving crime;
- Street Check Data 2011-2014: A summary of street check data including information on age, gender and race/ethnicity breakdown. The police service is releasing this information now without further analysis for context and trends because there have been requests from stakeholders, the media and through the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
- Engagement Plans: Plans for consultation that will allow us to contribute to the provincial guidelines development this summer and set the direction for another phase of community-police engagement once the provincial guidelines are released to us later this year.
Street checks are one of the intelligence tools that police use to help prevent and solve crime in the community. The development of provincial guidelines and an Ottawa Police policy will not only lead to improvements but will enhance public confidence and trust building.
Ongoing community and police feedback and dialogue is critical to next steps.
I would much appreciate your participation,
Hamid Mousa | A/Community Development Coordinator
Phone: (613) 236-1222, ext. 5028
Ottawa Police Service | Community Development Section | Executive Services Directorate
474 Elgin Street | P.O. Box 9634, Stn. T | Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6H5