About Chief Bordeleau

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Chief speaking to community members.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Charles Bordeleau began his policing career in 1984 and was sworn in as Chief of the Ottawa Police Service on March 5, 2012.

Chief Bordeleau has served on the boards of numerous community organizations and he has an excellent understanding and rapport with Ottawa's growing diverse communities.  Chief Bordeleau also has well-established, strong relationships with our public safety partners at the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels including key strategic partners in the private sector. 

Chief celebrating with young members of the Latin community.

He sits on the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) International Committee and is currently President on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP).  Chief Bordeleau is also a Member of Special Olympics Canada.

In 2011, Chief Bordeleau received the Dean's Philos Award from the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding philanthropic achievement and social commitment. He sits on the Board of Directors of United Way Ottawa, is the Past Chair for the Youth Service Bureau Charitable Foundation, sits on the TELUS Community Board, and on the Montfort Hospital Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution in building a safe and inclusive community. In September 2014 Chief Bordeleau was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Chief speaking to the media.

He is fluently bilingual, holds a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from Royal Roads University (in B.C.) and a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa.  He is an active volunteer in the community. His wife Lynda is a lawyer who specializes in police labour law and they have one daughter.

The Chief's Priorities

Chief Bordeleau has identified three key priorities for the Service -- Road Safety, Violence Against Women, and Guns and Gangs. These priority issues are not unique to Ottawa, but they resonate with our community and membership.

Strategies have been developed in relation to each of these priorities to demonstrate the importance of dedicating appropriate resources and implementing community engagement and partnerships to find solutions to these problems.

Road safety

RIDE programRoad safety has continually been identified by residents through public surveys as a top concern.  The Service is fortunate to have community partners like Safer Roads Ottawa, Crime Prevention Ottawa and MADD, who assist us in educating commuters and promoting safety on our roadways. 

Through partnerships and community engagement, as well as education, awareness, and enforcement initiatives throughout the year, the Ottawa Police continues to take measures to ensure roadways are safe for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike.  Annual awareness campaigns like Safe Driving Week and Road Safety Week, as well as programs like RIDE and the monthly Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), all contribute to safer driving practices and compliance with traffic laws, as well as promote safety on our roadways. The OPS also has officers assigned to deal exclusively with traffic issues on a daily basis through the Traffic Section.

Violence against women

Shine the Light - Violence Against Women campaignViolence against women (VAW) is a serious and pervasive problem that crosses every culture, social boundary, and affects every community. Our officers respond and investigate calls related to this issue on a regular basis. To help work towards a broader solution, the role of the OPS is evolving to be more than simply arresting those who break the law and investigating crimes. Our strategies include educating people, especially young men and boys, about ending violence against women, as well as challenging everyone to speak out and think about their own beliefs, language, and actions on this issue.

The Ottawa Police is conducting research on best practices in response to VAW, how resources are allocated to address it, and developing collaborative prevention strategies

There is great work being done in this area within our community. Through collaboration with our partners, our collective efforts will help us reach out to survivors, let everyone know that violence against women will not be tolerated, and provide women with resources to help them.

Guns and Gangs

Pixels for Pistols - Gun amnesty campaignThe OPS recognizes the impact of gangs in our city and what can happen to young people who become involved.  Therefore, providing alternatives to joining gangs is equally important to gang suppression strategies. This is why a key focus of the OPS effort against gangs is prevention.

This includes ongoing collaboration with community partners like Crime Prevention Ottawa, Youth Services Bureau, the OPS Youth Section, and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Working with these groups, the OPS seeks to engage youth and divert them from the gang lifestyle.

The OPS is also committed to reducing gun violence and gang crime on our streets through education, enforcement and community mobilization.  The Service continues to employ a targeted, sustained, and effective enforcement aimed at criminal gang activity such as drug trafficking, firearm possession and trafficking, robberies, home takeovers, pimping and murder.

Our officers working in the Guns and Gangs Section and the Direct Action Response Team engage in a balanced approach between enforcement and suppression to prevent street gang formation and reduce gang activity in our City. 

Chief of PoliceContact:

Charles Bordeleau
Chief of Police
613-236-1222 ext 5590
Send an email to BordeleauC@ottawapolice.ca