Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2020-12-21

This week’s topics:

  • New fee structure for information-related services.
  • Take care on the ice.
  • Holiday hours for front desk services.

If you’re interested in helping out, see our Neighbourhood Watch Page.

– Alex

—– Forwarded Message —–
Subject: Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for December 21, 2020
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2020 13:13:30 -0500
From: Darren Joseph <>

1. New fee structure for information-related services

The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) approved a cost-recovery fee structure model for all police information-related services.

Effective January 1, 2021, it will cost $66 to obtain a criminal records check, criminal records and judicial matters check, and a vulnerable sector check. Adoption application fees will cost $108, and volunteer checks will increase slightly to $20.40.

Please note that while Ottawa remains under Orange or higher COVID-19 levels, as determined by the province, volunteer fees will be waived.

Rates for police reports have also risen slightly, with motor vehicle reports costing $200.88, collision reconstruction reports $2,245, general occurrence reports $58, fingerprinting $50, and a pardon application $66, not including HST. FOI requests will remain $5 per request. To learn more about all the rates associated with different reports, please visit the Police Report web page on our website.

Additionally, Paid Duties have increased incrementally, with Tier 1 constable hourly rates set at $89.66 (or $100.87/hr for Tier 2), sergeant Tier 1 hourly rates at $101.69 (or $114.39/hr for Tier 2), and staff sergeant Tier 1 hourly rates at $111.18 (or $125.05/hr for Tier 2). Hourly rates for canine, police vehicles, boats or ATVs remain the same as 2020.

This new fee structure aligns with budget estimates that were presented to the Ottawa Police Services Board and approved in November and reflects a cost-recovery increase only.

2. Take care on the ice

The Ottawa Police Service would like to remind the public to exercise caution when entering onto frozen bodies of water due to the unknown thickness of ice and the presence of fast moving water in some locations. Despite the recent cold temperatures, many bodies of water will not have developed thick enough ice to support recreational use. Falling through the ice is a significant hazard due to the risk of the sudden onset of hypothermia which is a medical emergency.

3. Holiday hours for front desk services

The Ottawa Police Service would like to announce a change of service hours over the holidays – from December 24, 2020 to January 1, 2021 – with Front Desk Services at the police stations located at 3343 St-Joseph Boulevard (Orleans), 211 Huntmar Drive (Kanata) and 474 Elgin Street (Ottawa).

Thursday, December 24, 2020 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, December 25, 2020 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Elgin Station Only*)
Monday, December 28, 2020 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (all stations)
Thursday, December 31, 2020 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
January 1, 2021 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Elgin Station Only*)

* Please note that on December 25 and January 1, only our Elgin Street location will be open.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of changes to processes and services:

  • If you need to make a collision report, please call 613-236-1222 and follow the prompts. If the collision involves injuries, please dial 911 immediately.
  • Our Queensview location is still not accepting walk-ins. If you require a copy of a police report or information concerning an FOI request, please email
  • If you require a record check, please use our online system at, which is available 24/7.
  • If we require you to come in to verify information for your record check, you will be emailed with an appointment time.

You can visit our website for all Holiday Hours:

We want to wish you and yours a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.


Contact Cst. Darren Joseph directly (west of O-Train, Line 2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.

Contact Cst. Stephanie Lemieux directly (east of O-Train, Line 2) at or 613-236-1222, ext. 5287.