The Ottawa Police Department will host four recruitment briefings this week as the agency aims to hire 80 new officers by 2022.
The agency has announced plans to hire new sworn officers this year to support its mandate as it faces retirement and other staffing needs.
“A key focus of our recruiting efforts will be to attract a talented cadre of candidates with diverse skills, abilities and experiences,” the police said in a statement.
“In an ongoing effort to be more reflective of the diversity of the communities we serve, our outreach strategies will be designed to encourage more applications from female, indigenous and racialized candidates.”
The Ottawa Police Outreach and Recruitment Team is hosting four information sessions this week:
- Sunday: Recruitment Session at Sikh Temple at 25 Gurdwara Rd. from 11am to 1.30pm
- Tuesday: Pinecrest Recreation Center, 2250 Torquay Ave., 4-7pm
- Wednesday: Elizabeth Manley Park, 1261 Blohm Dr., from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Thursday: Jules Morin Park, 400 Clarence St., 4-7pm
“We have recently determined that we will need up to 80 officers or more this year and we need to actively recruit to bring in people who are reflective of our community,” Interim Police Chief Steve Bell told Newstalk 580 CFRA. †
“So in addition to the really strong policing needs that our community is asking for, they’re also calling for us to be a really forward-thinking police force.”
Bell told Newstalk 580 CFRA’s Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts that the senior ranks will discuss the future direction of service with the Ottawa Police Services Board.
“I don’t think we are a well-staffed police force to provide the safety and well-being of the community from a policing perspective, in fact our being an extremely progressive, contemporary, forward-looking police force is identifying the change we need. ,” said Bell, adding police forces to work with the board, council and community.
Ottawa Police Week kicks off today across the city.
This year’s theme is “Your Police Service: Helping Build Safer Communities”, which the police believe can be achieved by co-developing programs, ideas and solutions to problems unique to the capital.
For more information, visit ottawapolice.ca/policeweek2022.