Ottawa Police hosts two Badge Ceremonies with March Past for Officers hired in 2020 this week

Posted On Tuesday September 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 28, 2021  3:20pm 

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS), along with members of the Ottawa Police Services Board, other dignitaries and family and friends, will have formal Badge Ceremonies on September 29th and October 1st 2021 to officially welcome the 96 officers who were hired in 2020.

The two Graduation Ceremonies will begin at 12:30p.m. at Lansdowne Park at the Casino Lac-Leamy Plaza. The event is an all-weather event and will be held outside. Members of the media are welcome.

The officers will complete a formal inspection, and after formally receiving their badges from Chief Sloly, they will conclude with a march past. Photographs with family and friends will be available after the Ceremony (respecting COVID public health restrictions).

The standards for becoming a police officer are the most stringent they have ever been. At the same time, the Ottawa Police Service has worked hard and continuously to remove unfair and unnecessary barriers that have previously kept excellent potential police applicants from all communities from successfully completing our hiring processes.

This approach has been successful in bringing in very qualified, high quality candidates who reflect the skills and enthusiasm we need, and the community we serve.

The changes positively impacted the quantity, quality and diversity of the police recruit applicant pool such that the December 2020 class of 48 recruits was the most diverse class in the history of the Service with: 

  • 40% identifying as women
  • 50% identify as a member of a racialized group
  • 6% identify as an Indigenous person
  • 5% identify as being 2SLGBTQQIA+
  • 46% speak French plus an additional 20 different languages spoken by the remaining recruits

In fact, 87.5% of the recruit class have one or more valuable diversity assets that will enhance the OPS’ service delivery to our increasingly diverse residents of and visitors to the nation’s capital.

The group is also highly educated with university and/or college degrees and they bring a wealth of experience ranging from previous careers or volunteering in social work, the John Howard Society, the Ottawa Distress Centre, mental health case work and youth outreach.

“We could not have done this without the support of the Ottawa Police Services Board, the work of our recruiting teams, and, perhaps most importantly, the support of our community partners who encouraged us, guided us, and sent us qualified and skilled candidates for these positions,” said Chief Peter Sloly. “This is a success formula that we will build upon in all other aspects of police service delivery.” 

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MEDIA NOTE: In light of COVID restrictions, members of the media who wish to attend are asked to pre-register with the Media Relations at media.relations@ottawapolice.ca by 11:00am on the day of the Graduation.

 There will be a designated media area set-up. Media will not be permitted to circulate during the Graduation Ceremony.

 

CONTACT:

Media Relations Section

Telephone: 613-236-1222, ext. 5366