Airport Policing Section

Airport Police Officer speaking to travellers.


In February, 1997 the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority (OMCIAA), assumed responsibility for the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport as the result of the decision by Transport Canada to delegate the management of Class I Airports in Canada to not-for-profit Airport Authorities. As part of this change, the responsibility of contracting policing services at these facilities was transferred to the nine affected Airport Authorities.

In April, 1997 the Ottawa Police Service assumed responsibility for Protective Policing Services at the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, Canada's sixth largest airport. The service provided by the Airport Policing Section is one that has been contractually entered into with the OMCIAA.

The Airport Policing Section is a component of the Emergency Operations Division, of the Ottawa Police Service. The Section is responsible for providing policing service to the more than 3.6 million travelers each year, from all over the world that travel through the Nation's Capital by air.

The duties and responsibilities of the Airport Policing Section are comprised of:

  • All the normal duties expected of a police officer, as outlined in the Ontario Police Services Act,
  • The primary contractual responsibilities involve responding to the pre-board screening areas; and
  • Providing an armed, uniformed presence in the Passenger Terminal Building.

While secondary duties include:Canine unit member and Airport Police checking out a bag.

  • Foot patrols,
  • Traffic enforcement, both on the Airport's roadways and on the airfield, and
  • Responding to all airport related emergencies.

The Airport Policing Section is located on the first floor at the North end of the Passenger Terminal Bulding (PTB). Members receive specialized training, which enables them to work more effectively in a specialized airport environment.

To ensure the safety of everyone who utilizes the facility, the Ottawa Police work closely with other law enforcement and government agencies at the airport:


For more information, visit the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Website.