Ottawa Police Hoopstars

The Ottawa Police Hoopstars is a dedicated team of volunteers; made up of both police and partners who deeply care about the community they serve.

All of its members are committed to engaging and building sustainable relationships within the many diverse communities that make up the city of Ottawa, by playing a game of basketball with youth or even just having personal one-on-one discussions.

Sports is a universal language that any adult or teen can understand, and out on the court you forget about labels and focus on teamwork. By encouraging healthy interaction with police through competitive games, it reinforces the fact that police are there to help.  And we are.  

The OPS Hoopstars was co-founded by members of the Ottawa Police Basketball team, formerly called the Flatfooters. Some of the members of the OPS Hoopstars, prior to becoming police officers competed professionally, or in university, as basketball players. The team also features one former and one current Olympic athlete. In May 2017, the name and direction of the team was changed to reflect the new mandate to connect with youth at area high schools and community centres to help build lasting and meaningful relationships.

The team comprises mostly Ottawa Police members, however it is supplemented by community partners from: OC Transpo, Carleton University Special Constables, Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, varsity athletes within the city of Ottawa, and other engaged community members.

The OPS Hoopstars are also partnered with our invested community stakeholders: Nelligan| O'Brien | Payne law firm, Hera Mission, The Ottawa Boys and Girls Club, The Door Youth Centre, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and Q3 Studios.

If you are interested in having the OPS Hoopstars visit your school or community centre for a game, or would just like to know more information, you can contact the team lead Sergeant Chabine Tucker at

Photo Gallery: OPS Hoopstars will appear here on the public site.

Sketch of basketball player making a slam dunk

Ottawa Police Hoopstar looking intensely at camera holding basketball between hands