Police Station Tours

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If you've never seen a major police headquarters before, let us show you this unique building dedicated to law enforcement and serving the community.

Tours are for groups of 10 or more people.  Large groups may be split into two groups for the tour.

Please prepare members of the tour by emphasizing the need to speak quietly and stay together when on the tour. Adult chaperones are required in an appropriate ratio to supervise children and/or youth.

  • The tours are for children and youth 8 years and older.Elgin Street Police Station
  • You will be touring the police facility at 474 Elgin Street , Ottawa.
  • The purpose of the tour is to view an operational police facility however, the Ottawa Police Service Headquarters is a working facility and there may be times when anticipated members of our service are not present to speak with you. In these situations, we appreciate your understanding.
  • Photographs cannot be taken in the restricted/non-public areas however, the mosaic mural in the lobby provides an ideal backdrop for a group picture.

Who gives the tour?

An experienced Ottawa Police Venturer will guide your group through the police station. The Venturers (14-17 years) are a vocational Scouts Canada (Voyageur Council) group sponsored by the Ottawa Police Service. As well, they are registered volunteers with the Ottawa Police Service.

What is included in a tour?

Some highlights that you will see are the mural of past Police Chief's in the lobby, the lower garage where we house our police vehicles, the Tactical Section equipment storage area, the Communications Centre and the Temporary Custody and Detention area (from the outside).

During the tour, you may meet briefly meet with a Tactical Section Officer, Traffic Enforcement Officer, Special Constable (Temporary Custody and Detention), Youth Officer and/or a Patrol officer. The Ottawa Police Service Headquarters is a working facility and there may be times when these members of our service are not present to speak with you. In these situations, we appreciate your understanding.

Where are the tours given?

Members of the tour may be dropped off at the main entrance on 474 Elgin Street. Please assemble in the front lobby and the Venturer Tour Guide will meet you there. Tour members may be picked up at the main entrance at the conclusion of the tour.

When are the tours given?

Tours are offered on selected  Wednesday evenings between 7 PM and 8 PM from October to May . Please arrive at 6:45 PM to ensure the tour begins on time.

How to book a tour?

All tours are booked by e mail. Please send an e-mail to patrickt@ottawapolice.ca. You will receive the available dates by email and confirmation once you have selected a date. Tours are booked on a first-come first-served basis.

Parking

There is metered parking on Catherine Street (between Elgin Street and Metcalfe Street). Payment should not be required at that time of the day but check the signage to confirm.

There is also parking available on the streets in the surrounding neighbourhood. Please follow all parking restrictions. For more information on parking, please see "Available Parking & Bus Routes".

How did we do?

We are always striving to improve our tours and meet the needs and expectations of our visitors. Please email us at youth@ottawapolice.ca .