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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Ottawa Police Service About Street Checks



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 
ottawapolice.ca/streetchecks

Under the leadership of Acting Inspector Mark Patterson, 
the OPS Street Check Project will continue to promote 
community-police dialogue and engagement opportunities 
on this important topic throughout the project.  If you 
have any concerns or suggestions, please contact him directly at pattersonm@ottawapolice.ca<mailto:pattersonm@ottawapolice.ca