Diversity Resource and Relations Unit

 The Diversity Resource and Relations Unit (DRR) serves a support function within the Ottawa Police Service that contributes to the fair, equitable, and inclusive community policing in Ottawa. DRR exists to ensure that the police respond effectively, appropriately, and sensitively to all members of the community; particularly those who have traditionally been marginalized.

This section of the Ottawa Police Service was established in 1995 and is staffed by at least two police officers and one civilian.

Read our 2019 Year-End Report


There are four main areas of responsibility for this section. They are:

  • To strengthen communication between police and Indigenous, racialized, faith and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities;
  •  To share expertise with police service personnel and to develop greater understanding of the role of the police in a diverse society;
  • To develop appropriate responses to issues arising within marginalized communities; and
  • To understand and defuse causes of tensions between the police and racial, cultural or ethnic minority groups. 

The Ottawa Police Service believes in being a diverse and non-discriminatory police service

Building partnerships with our community is an important part of community policing. It is a successful way to establish clearer communication and trust between the police and Ottawa's increasingly diverse community. By mobilizing community resources and working together, community-police partnerships can play an active role in problem-solving and crime prevention.


Diversity Celebration

The Ottawa Police Diversity Resource and Relations Unit is pleased to announce the return of the Annual Diversity Celebration! 

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 

Location: 474 Elgin St

Time: 4pm-6pm

After two years, the Ottawa Police Diversity Celebration is back, and the Diversity Resource and Relations Unit invites all diverse communities within the Ottawa area to participate. Each community being represented is encouraged to provide a ‘snapshot’ of their diversity during the celebration. This may involve displaying information, providing samples of foods and/or providing entertainment.

Community groups interested in participating can download an application formand return it to diversityresourceandrelations@ottawapolice.ca, or if you have questions feel free to email us.

We look forward to seeing you there! 



Watch the 2020 Human Rights Learning Forum

On December 10, 2020, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), in partnership with the Community Equity Council (CEC), hosted the 6th annual Human Rights Learning Forum, in recognition of Human Rights Day. The theme of the virtual event was ‘We need to talk; It’s about systemic racism’, and  focused on deepening our collective understanding of systemic racism.