Respect Values and Inclusion

Chief Peter Sloly has announced the launch of the Ottawa Police Service’s (OPS) Respect, Values and Inclusion (RVI) Directorate that will incorporate a whole-of-service approach to issues like workplace harassment, discrimination, human rights issues, as well as ethics, equity, diversity and inclusion principles. 

The RVI Directorate addresses the major concerns raised by both OPS members and Ottawa community members for a more progressive and inclusive police service and is a significant investment in advancing the Ottawa Police Services Board's strategic priorities. 

“I am also pleased to announce that this new directorate will come under the command of newly-promoted Superintendent Isobel Granger. I want to congratulate Isobel on her promotion, which recognizes her longstanding and ongoing contributions to policing and community policing both locally, nationally and internationally,” said Sloly. “She is a leader in the policing world and her investigative background, policing experience and great respect in our local community will be a major benefit to our service as we move forward. I have every confidence in her ability to lead this important and new directorate.” 

OVERVIEW 

The OPS Executive Command began planning the implementation of the RVI directorate in late 2019 to help improve in the areas of workplace harassment, discrimination, human rights issues, ethics, diversity and inclusion. The new directorate will build on the existing work of both the Respectful Workplace Program and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) project. Under the RVI directorate, the newly formed RVI  section will work to support professional, ethical, values-based behaviour in the OPS, and the new EDI section will support the Ottawa Police with proactive and responsive strategies to better serve our communities. 

Under the command of Supt. Granger, this directorate will work to ensure overall member inclusion and to promote better practices, policies and decision-making that is fair, respectful and equitable.  The Directorate will have a significant amount of leadership strength and experience in Director Deborah Aarenau, Respect, Ethics and Values, and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director David Snoddy. 

HOW IT WILL WORK

Equity Diversity and Inclusion Section
Equity Diversity and Inclusion Section

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Section: Will be led by Director Snoddy and will focus on how we can bring the broader membership together by implementing inclusive practices, as well as leading and incorporating systemic change throughout the organization. The EDI Action Plan, previously approved by the Board, will be the guiding strategy for the section.

Respect Ethics and Values Section
Respect Ethics and Values Section

Respect, Ethics and Values (REV) Section: Will be led by Director Deborah Aarenau and will focus on respectful workplace and ethics and will be mandated to implement proactive and responsive strategies to improve professional, ethical, values-based behaviour in all members and in the OPS as a whole.