Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-10-26

This week’s topics:

  • Statement from the Ottawa Police Service – About Abdirahman Abdi’s death.

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– Alex

—– Forwarded Message —–
Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for October 26, 2020
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 14:56:58 -0400
From: Darren Joseph <wellingtoncpc@gmail.com>

1.  Statement from the Ottawa Police Service

We respect the court’s decision today. We know that no verdict can change the tragedy that happened four years ago when Mr. Abdirahman Abdi lost his life.

His death has weighed heavily on his family, the local Somali community and our entire city. It has also affected all members of the Ottawa Police Service, especially those directly involved in this incident.

Our hearts go out to everyone who has been impacted.

No one can ever accept the loss of life in a situation like this – especially of a vulnerable citizen experiencing a mental health crisis.

In accordance with the Police Services Act, we will be conducting an incident, service, and policy review. That process is already underway and we will work to finalize the review as expeditiously as possible.  The results will be made public through the Ottawa Police Services Board.

We recognize the environment in which we deliver service and we have heard the calls for change to the way we police.

Those calls for change go beyond the events surrounding this trial.

As a police service, we will continue to address a range of systemic issues—mental health, gender, race etc. — issues that are not unique to policing.

We have been seeking out better ways to help people who are in crisis. We are not doing this alone.  We are working with community partners and subject-matter experts to advance training, operations and culture.

One of the goals of this work is to help ensure that all members of our Service are provided with the best support, training and resources to fulfill their duties.

We are listening, learning and changing.

We are delivering neighbourhood policing that improves community safety and wellbeing while building relationships of trust.  We want every community member and Service member to feel respected, supported and accepted, no matter their background, status or circumstances.

We will continue to move forward. Our community and members deserve no less.

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To contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly, please use josephd@ottawapolice.ca.

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