Following consultation efforts across Ontario
this summer including our own local brand of community
\engagement sessions held here in Ottawa, the Ministry of
Community Safety and Correctional Services announced
two draft regulations regarding street checks.
Posted online on October 28th, 2015, the draft regulations
are complex and contain significant new requirements for
police services. They prohibit the random and arbitrary
collection of identifying information by police; and establish
clear new rules for voluntary police-public interactions
where identifying information is collected by officers.
The Ottawa Police Service has always maintained that
random and arbitrary street checks are illegal and are
not practiced by our officers. OPS street checks are a
valuable tool for preventing and solving crime in our
community. Our officers will continue the current
practice in place until the new regulations are enacted.
Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing the draft
regulations to determine the practical applications and
project impacts on the scope, approach and budget.
Ottawa Police will not be making any other media
comments until our review is completed.
The draft regulations and a summary document have
been posted online for a 45-day comment period
ending on December 12, 2015. You can find project
updates including the summary of local consultation
efforts as well as a link to the draft regulations at
the OPS Street Check Project will continue to promote
community-police dialogue and engagement opportunities
on this important topic throughout the project. If you
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