Media Relations

The Media Relations Section is open Monday - Friday from 7 AM to 5 PM, and can be contacted at 613-236-1222, ext. 5366.

After hours, members of the media can contact the Ottawa Police Divisional Duty Desks for assistance:

  • East Division Duty Desk at 613-236-1222, ext. 3212
  • Central Division Duty Desk at 613-236-1222, ext. 5212
  • West Division Duty Desk at 613-236-1222, ext. 2912

The Media Relations Section plays a key role within the Police Service by building and maintaining the public's understanding and support of our services. Our goal is to provide timely and accurate information to the public, via the media. This is done by issuing news releases, holding news conferences, responding to media inquiries and arranging interviews with our officers and personnel.

Ottawa Police spokespeople

Ottawa Police spokespersons Constables Amy Gagnon and Chuck Benoit


Constable Chuck BenoitCst. Chuck Benoit has been with the Ottawa Police Service since 2001. During his career, he worked as a Patrol officer, a Neighbourhood officer, and a Community Police officer. He started as a Bike Instructor for the Ottawa Police in 2003 and became a Master Bike Instructor in 2011. He was a Liaison for nine years with local youth group home. He is also certified to work with the Marine Unit. Chuck joined the Media Relations Section in June 2013.





Constable Amy Gagnon


Cst. Amy Gagnon has been with the Ottawa Police Service since 2012. Prior to joining the Service, Amy taught French as a second language in Ottawa and she also taught while living in Manitoba. With OPS, she has worked as a Patrol officer. She became a Standard Field Sobriety Instructor in February 2016, a Drug Recognition Expert for drug impaired driving detection in late 2016 and a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor in 2018. Amy joined the Media Relations Section in July 2018.



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