Our History

Over the years, a number of police agencies have operated in the region. From the Bytown Association for the Preservation of the Public Peace (formed during the unofficial incorporation of Bytown in 1847), to the various now-defunct municipal police forces, as well as provincial and federal police agencies, the Ottawa area has a rich policing tradition.

Policing in Ottawa has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the community. View this section of our site for past area policing achievements - our history.

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  1. 1971 Working officer opening a door
    1971 Working Officer
  2. Photo of an Officer taking photos at a scene in 1971
    1971 Officer taking photos at a scene
  3. Photo of Cst. Campbell dusting safe for fingerprints in 1982
    1982 Cst. Campbell dusting safe for fingerprints
  4. Photo of new female officer's uniforms in 1975
    1975 New female officer's uniforms
  5. Photo of an officer dusting for finger prints in 1969
    1969 Fingerprinting
  6. Photo of  New police bicycles in 1999
    1999 New police bicycles
  7. Photo of canine training in 1968 with Rex
    1968 Canine training with Rex
  8. Photo of police uniform in 1981
    1981 Police uniform
  9. Photo of Femal officer writing ticket 1961
    1961 Femal officer writing a ticket
  10. Photo of men's policing uniform in 1978.
    1978 Men's policing uniform.
  11. Photo of Video cameras in 1982.
    1982 Video camera technology
  12. Photo of traffic stop in 1966
    1966 Traffic stop
  13. Ottawa Carleton Regional Police Service cruisers in 1995
    1995 Ottawa Carleton Regional Police Service cruisers
  14. Photo of new police boat in 1975
    1975 New police boat
  15. Photo of Emergency Operations Division robot display in 1982
    1982 Emergency Operations Division robot display
  16. Photo of police dive team pool training.
    1960 Police dive team training
  17. Photo of a police Wagon from 1947
    1947 Police Wagon
  18. Photo of School skate party in 1980 with School Resource Officer.
    1980 Photo of School skate party with School Resource Officer.
  19. Police Canine drug serach in a school 1996
    1996 Police Canine drug serach in a school
  20. Photo of Cst. Fortier in 1946
    1946 Cst. Fortier