Drug and Street Crime Unit

 

The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit credits tips it received from residents filing online drug complaints in helping with some of the major seizures throughout the city in 2018. Every report that a resident files is reviewed by our investigators and used to map activity city-wide. Through the effective management of the information we receive, investigative resources were placed in the right areas, which resulted in the reduction of drug activity in some traditionally problematic neighbourhoods in the city.

There has been a direct link between drug activity and gun violence in Ottawa. As the city faced an increase in the number of shootings in our communities in 2018, vital information from residents continued to be pivotal to resolving these issues and enhancing the safety of all residents city-wide.

As the OPS prepared itself for the introduction of the new federal cannabis legislation in late 2018, our Drug Unit continued to focus on mitigating the impacts of fentanyl in our communities. With a seat on the Ottawa Public Health chaired Overdose Prevention & Response Task Force (OPRTF) our Drug Unit continued to assist in de-stigmatizing drug use due to addiction issues. The new provincial government asked for an augmentation to the services provided by newly named Consumption & Treatment Sites (CTS) to increase access to treatment services for those dealing with addictions.  Officers working in the zones in which the four CTS are located have made it a practice to connect with site users and encourage them to access these facilities in an effort to save lives. The OPS has ensured that our officers were routinely in those areas to assist as needed.

Having previously been equipped with the life-saving Naloxone kits, 2018 saw officers use those kits to save six lives as part of our tiered response to overdose calls for service.

The OPS sees its role in all four pillars of the Canadian drugs and substances strategy; which includes prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. We further recognize that tips from the public have greatly helped to deal with issues of concern in our neighbourhoods, and the we continue to encourage all residents to file a report online or call us if they see activity that impacts the safety of their community.

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