Crime Prevention

While the OPS’s frontline focus is responding to calls for emergency services, equally important is what we provide as preventative measures to enhance the security of your community.

In November, our Crime Prevention unit hosted the annual Crime Prevention Week, in coordination with Crime Prevention Ottawa’s community police award ceremony.

At the event, hosted November 5 at City Hall, two of our officers were awarded the Police Professional Award for the service they provided to our communities. Constable Lila Shibley was recognized for organizing a Newcomer Soccer League and Constable DeWayne Knight was recognized for his work with youth impacted by street and gang violence. Additionally, our Community Police Officers (CPOs) hosted information booths at area malls across the city during the week, helping to engage residents on ways they could further enhance the safety of their homes and businesses. OPS CPOs, along with our volunteers, offer free in-home inspections year-round, providing an assessment of a resident’s property and giving suggestions on simple things they can do to secure their homes.

Crime Stoppers continues to be a valuable partner in helping the OPS resolve case files. In 2018, Crime Stoppers assisted with 146 criminal charges being laid, recovering almost $500,000 in narcotics, and clearing 33 OPS cases. The anonymous reporting system offers financial rewards to residents who provide information that assists police in resolving criminal cases.

The Neighbourhood Watch program began its search for new leadership after its president and director-at-large stepped down. The program has been incredibly successful in Ottawa, with 33 new chapters started up in 2018. It offers a simple way for residents to get involved in enhancing the cohesion of their neighbourhoods by encouraging residents to get to know one another and look out for each other.

Our Crime Free Multi-Housing Program (CFMHP) members continued to work with 14 participating landlords to help enhance the safety of rental properties in the city. CFMHP conducted 283 inspections in 2018 to ensure that these buildings met safety standards, enhancing the lives of those who live there.

Additionally, our Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) officer assessed 34 properties and 51 building site plans in order to help businesses and residences augment their safety with simple changes to reduce incidence of crime. CPTED also hosted the annual CPTED and Transit conference on May 10, which focused on security for public transit and the upcoming LRT system.

 

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