New Neighbourhood Resource Team launches in Centretown

Posted On Wednesday October 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 28, 2020   11:45am

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is pleased to announce the launch of its sixth Neighbourhood Resource Team (NRT) in Centretown this week. 

“Our Neighbourhood Resource Teams are the cornerstone of the Service’s community policing model,” said Superintendent Jamie Dunlop with Neighbourhood Policing. “We have had great success with the program so far in other neighbourhoods and we are looking forward to meeting with community leaders and residents in Centretown to learn how to tailor a policing program that meets the needs of that community.” 

The first NRTs were launched in October 2019, and include frontline officers, community police officers, school resource officers and traffic services officers. They work with residents, stakeholders and City services to deliver a more holistic approach to policing. Additionally, these teams meet with community leaders to create a customized program unique to those specific neighbourhoods. 

“Our goal is to work with the community to develop a plan that fits each specific neighbourhood,” added Supt. Dunlop. “Our NRT officers receive specialized training, including cultural and bias neutral courses, to help them better serve, understand and protect each impacted community.” 

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