Crime Prevention Ottawa Plans for 2018


At its January 8 meeting, the Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) Board of Directors approved the 2018 CPO Operational Plan


CPO continues its work to make Ottawa a safer city by focusing on our three priority areas: violence against women, neighbourhoods, and youth. Planned activities for 2018 include:

  • Exploring the development of a new Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
  • Managing the renewed Ottawa Street Violence and Gang Strategy and delivering on the new recommendations.
  • Preventing sexual assault and gender violence through initiatives at mass gatherings, high schools and agencies serving youth.


To view the presentation in full, please click here, You can also review the full operational plan for CPO in 2018 here.

To learn more about CPO initiatives, please visit

CPO Community Safety Awards


As Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO), I had the privilege of attending the CPO 2017 Community Safety Awards on Monday November 6th at City Hall. Every year during Crime Prevention Week in November, Crime Prevention Ottawa recognizes the people and programs that have made a difference in preventing crime and making communities safer across the city.


The Community Safety Awards is one of our favorite nights of the year. It is an evening where we recognize community leaders in many different walks of life. It is our chance to share inspiring stories and celebrate community successes.  Recognizing the efforts of our local safety heroes and to illustrate that there is a role for each of us to play as a resident in making our communities a safer place to live, work and play.


Each year, the evening is kicked-off by Mayor Jim Watson taking the opportunity to proclaim Crime Prevention Week in Ottawa. This is followed by videos recognizing each recipient who then take to the stage to accept their award.  I encourage you to watch the individual videos and learn more about this year’s recipients.


CPO is comprised of three full-time employees, community ambassadors and a public board who dedicate their time to working closely with local residents, government, police, school boards, businesses, community services, child protection and other partners to reduce crime and build safer communities.

Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting


Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director.  The Board of Directors is made up of 16 members: 8 members representing the community and 8 members representing institutions which contribute to safety in our community.  The Board seeks to be reflective of the community of Ottawa.


Until November 17th, residents of the City of Ottawa who are 18 years of age or older are invited to apply for a position on the board.  Individuals who reside outside of the city may be eligible if they have made a significant contribution to the Ottawa community.


Eligible candidates for the Board of Directors will be invited for interviews by a nominations committee consisting of current Board members and a Community Forum member.  A reference check will be conducted to determine fit.


Please submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interests and background either electronically or through regular mail to:

Francine Demers, Crime Prevention Ottawa

110 Laurier Avenue West-Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Fax: 613-580-2593 – E-mail:
For more information on the responsibilities, selection process, or current members of Crime Prevention Ottawa, please visit

2017 Community Safety Awards REMINDER: Send us your nominations!


The Community Safety Awards are not far away. The ceremony will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. Save the date!

Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving community safety leader. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2017. The awards honour individuals, groups and programs making Ottawa a safer city for everyone.

Nominees are being sought for the following award categories:

  • Leadership Award
  • Business Award
  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Enforcement Professional Award
  • City Employee Award
  • Volunteer Award
  • Volunteer Program Award
  • Community Program Award

The nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions can be found at:

Behind Bars: Brain Injury and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our Justice System


Our society’s understanding of crime, of guilt and innocence, of following rules, is based on the idea that our brains are all functioning in the same way.  But what happens when a brain is injured, either before birth through exposure to alcohol or after birth through an acquired brain injury?

Crime Prevention Ottawa would like to invite you to learn about the challenge of ABI and FASD and to talk about innovative approaches to service provision that can help.  Dr. Colantonio is a researcher leading important groundwork around the need for a longer-term approach to meet the changing needs of those living with the effects of brain injury, as well as the shortage and inconsistency of rehabilitation services across the country.

The event takes place Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 am to11:30 am at Andrew Haydon Hall (at City Hall)
I highly encourage all residents to stop by this informative session to learn more about these unique conditions and what we can do to improve our reaction to individuals who suffer from them within our community.

To register, please R.S.V.P. to Crime Prevention Ottawa at or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.

CPO Public consultations on street violence in Ottawa


Street violence affects us all. On June 28 at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) will take the next steps in refreshing the Ottawa Gang Strategy by holding a public consultation forum.


From 2013–16, the Gang Strategy Steering Committee, together with community partners, developed and implemented 12 initiatives to address the problem of street violence. Their four-pillar approach contributed to tangible progress.


As the Strategy is renewed, CPO wants to meet the shifting realities of our streets and communities in Ottawa. To do so, your input is requested. This public consultation will allow CPO to hear from a variety of people across Ottawa to find solutions to street violence.


I would like to invite all resident to join for facilitated discussions that will help CPO to collectively address the problem.


The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on June 28th at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (1265 Walkley Rd). Registration is required by emailing or by calling 613-580-2424 ex: 25393.

CPO Fraud Alerts and Other Community Safety Articles

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The Internet has given criminals a whole new set of tools to commit fraud. With tax season in progress, it is important to remain vigilant so that you do not fall victim


Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) has prepared an article with tips and advice from Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns with the Ottawa Police Service. You can review the article in its entirety here.


Tips include being cautious of emails from people claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), support family and friends who are at risk of fraud attempts, and exercising caution when posed with suspicious communications. I highly encourage all residents to take a moment to review these tips and share them with those they know.


This is just one of a series of bilingual articles prepared by CPO that can be included in your corporate communications. It is CPO’s goal to help you share the information that will help everyone stay safe and build safer neighbourhoods.


To view these and other articles, please visit

CPO Speaker Series


I would like to invite residents to join a special Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) speaker series entitled: A Focus on Family Violence in Canada.


The Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2016 focused for the first time ever on family violence.  The report, “Public Health in Canada 2016:  A Focus on Family Violence in Canada” outlines the important health consequences of all aspects of violence in the family including partner assault, child abuse and elder abuse.


Family violence is a sad reality that many of us face every day. I highly recommend that any interested residents come to learn more about this important data and be introduced to a new way of thinking, with a health lens, on this important safety issue.


To round out the dialogue, the keynote speaker, Dr. Theresa Tam, Interim Chief Public Health officer, will be followed by some examples of local programming that are reaching out to prevent violence. This local respondent panel includes:

  • Erin Leigh, Executive Director, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women;
  • Denise Hébert, Manager of Healthy Babies and Healthy Children program, Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
  • Conny Menger, Regional Consultant Eastern Ontario, Elder Abuse Ontario


The event will take place at City Hall (Andrew Haydon Hall), 110 Laurier Ave W on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 9:30 to12:00 noon


To R.S.V.P., please contact Crime Prevention Ottawa at or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.


I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Paint it Up!


Following the success of last year’s Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) outdoor mural painting project, “Paint it Up!” is returning again for 2017 and applications are now being accepted.


Applications will be received until 4:00 PM, Tuesday April 4th for any outdoor mural art projects that supports graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods.

Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

This is a fantastic initiative that has resulted in a number of beautiful community murals that youth can feel proud of and I encourage any residents with an inclination for art to submit an application.


For more information about funding, program guidelines and application form, please visit


There will also be two useful information sessions taking place:


Tuesday, March 7

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

2nd  floor Colonel By room

Wednesday, March 8

5:30 – 7 p.m.

Foster Farm Community Centre
1065 Ramsey Crescent

(off Pinecrest Rd)

The Boardroom


To confirm attendance, please RSVP by e-mail:  or leave a message at 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.

Refreshing the Ottawa Gang Strategy


As Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO), I would like to invite residents to fill out a short 10 minute survey on resident’s thoughts surrounding the Ottawa Gang Strategy.

The Ottawa Gang Strategy utilizes a four pillar approach to build new partnerships, improve service delivery, increase awareness of services and enhance cross agency collaboration and service coordination. Those pillars are:

–  Neighbourhood Cohesion
–  Prevention
–  Intervention
–  Enforcement and Suppression.

The year three evaluation found that CPO’s four pillar approach is the right way to address a complex social problem that touches cities across Canada but there is more work to be done.

As the strategy gets renewed, CPO wants to meet the shifting realities of our streets and communities in Ottawa. You can fill out the survey here to make your voice heard.

I would like to thank residents in advance for taking the time to complete this and as always, please do not hesitate to share your ideas with me by emailing me at