Special Constables

Special Constable conducting a search.Special Constables are civilian members who play an important role within the Ottawa Police Service. Once hired, the Chief of Police swears in members as Peace Officers. Special Constable is a designation issued by the province of Ontario, providing members with a limited Law Enforcement role in the City of Ottawa.

Special Constables work in various sections within the Ottawa Police including Court Security / Temporary Custody, Court Liaison Section.

Court Security

Court Security Constables are responsible for the safe transportation and custody of persons being moved between detention facilities and other locations. They also ensure the safe and secure custody of persons in custody at the Ottawa Police Central cellblock facility and with specialized training, can take DNA samples and/or fingerprints.

Court Security Special Constables can work within three different environments of the Ottawa Police:

  • the Ottawa Court House detention Cell Block,
  • the Ottawa Police Central Division cellblock facility; and
  • the Provincial Offences Court referred to as POA Court .

Court Liaison

Special Constables in the Court Liaison Section are responsible for serving subpoenas, summons to witnesses and charged persons including conducting investigations to locate individuals when necessary as well as various other documents.

Special Constables in this section also get the opportunity to liaise with investigators and front line officers to exchange information as they relate to witnesses. Their duties also include testifying in court.

Interested in becoming a special constable with the Ottawa Police?

Find out about the hiring process.