Also released this week was the quarterly report from Ottawa Police Services outlining their recommendations and strategies for the remaining months of the year.
Consultation was conducted amongst a combination of the Ottawa Police Association and Senior Officer Association, over 100 internal members involved in working groups (of different ranks), and the public through online questionnaires, focus groups, meetings, and presentations.
Ottawa Police Services (or OPS for short) will be incorporating the feedback from these consultations into 5 key areas of their model: community police officers, one point of contact, training, data and knowledge, and measurement of the model which will introduce an evaluation framework to assess the model including input gathered from the community.
The conversation established that community police officers will be incorporated in matching resources to community needs. There will be dedicated Community Safety Services Sergeants for all East, West, and Central areas to simplify the intake and report-back process.
Training will be provided to ensure members have the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform their duties under the new model while implementation of the OPS Information Management and Information Technology Roadmap will improve their ability to retrieve, integrate, and share information with communities.
With the report came a new organizational structure, updated policing boundaries, expanded use of online & telephone reporting, and a new frontline which consists of: platoons responsible for proactive community engagement and reactive activities, specialized support (canine, tactical, CBRNE, MDT), traffic enforcement, events planning, and community safety services.
The Service Initiative will see a reduction of Community Police Centre (CPC) officers from 15 to 10. All residents will continue to have access to community officers and policing services while high priority neighbourhoods that require more police assistance will require the service levels they require.
These changes will result in an estimated $2 million in savings for OPS and will begin taking place this fall.
To learn more about these impending changes and to review frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding this report, please click here.