May 10, 2024 Newsletter

May 10, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

Emergency Services News

Manor Park Homicide – one man charged, police seeking a second suspect

The Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit has charged 20-year-old Tristan ETHIER, of Ottawa, in the shooting death that occurred on April 19 on Birch Avenue in Manor Park. ETHIER is charged with second degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court later today, May 10. Homicide investigators are still attempting to identify a second suspect involved in the incident who was in the company of ETHIER. The unidentified suspect is described as a white male, 6’1” (185cm) to 6’2” (188 cm), 190 lbs (86kg) wearing dark clothing and a mask. Investigators believe the murder happened during the robbery of a weekly basement poker game after an ensuing struggle. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service Homicide Unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5493. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at

Survey on the use of in-car cameras - Open until June 3


The Ottawa Police Service is launching a new public survey to seek feedback on the introduction of in-car camera pilot project. The OPS is conducting in-person consultations, but residents are encouraged to complete this short survey to offer their feedback at The survey will close on June 3, 2024. Once we have collected feedback, OPS will launch an initial pilot project to ensure the devices function as expected and identify any issues prior to expanding it Service-wide. This is part of the modernization of our Service with the introduction of our new Digital Evidence Information Management System (DEIMS). DEIMS is part of a program launched by the Solicitor General of Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General’s office to help create common resources for all police services across the province. Vehicles equipped with in-car cameras will also use wireless mics to capture audio when an officer exits the vehicle. Wireless mics are paired to the in-car camera and have a range of 1,000 feet (300 m). When recording, a red flashing light will be visible, as well, every two minutes the wireless mic will beep. Officers will attach the wireless mics to their vest (chest) utilizing a RapidLock mount. The OPS currently operates five vehicles with a three-external mounted camera ALPR system, that solely uses ALPR technology. More information about in-car cameras and ALPRs can be found at We want to thank residents for helping to provide feedback on the launch of our pilot project. If you have questions, you can email [email protected]

Enforcement continues to address impaired driving

The Ottawa Police Service Impaired Countermeasures Unit continues to see a consistent increase in impaired drivers on our roads. Driving while impaired, more commonly known as “drinking and driving”, also includes driving under the influence of any drugs. While cannabis is legal in Canada, consuming it and driving remains illegal. There is no circumstance where it is acceptable to consume cannabis or other drugs and get behind the wheel. Decisions like these not only endanger yourself as a driver, but everyone around you, including other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and more. In 2023, Ottawa tragically lost 13 residents due to collisions where alcohol and/or drugs were believed to be a factor. 885 persons were charged with impaired driving related offences in 2023. These numbers are consistently increasing, year after year, having already seen 260 drivers charged in the first four months of 2024. For details, please click here.

Community Policing Strategy and District Deployment Model

On April 30, the Ottawa Police Services Board and the Ottawa Police Service hosted a joint technical briefing to provide Ottawa City Council with information on the Service’s new Community Policing Strategy and District Deployment Model, which has a targeted soft launch in early May. 

A key theme from the 2024 Budget community consultation process was the need for greater engagement and officer visibility in communities city-wide, particularly at the neighbourhood level where residents live, work, and play. One neighbourhood’s needs vary significantly from another’s, especially when comparing the needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities. To address these concerns and to help move towards Enhancing Community Safety and Building Trust and Stronger Relationships pillars of the Board Strategic Direction 2027, the OPS is developing a new District Deployment Model that will identify and respond to priorities unique to Ottawa's vast neighbourhoods and communities. The primary focus of the District Deployment Model is to serve each community better and work with City Councillors and their Community partners to resolve issues identified in their Wards. Communities and neighbourhoods will benefit from the transition to a district policing model as they will have more direct, open lines of communication to officers who understand the unique complexities and requirements of individual neighbourhoods, improved access in terms of how the OPS connects with the community, and the ability to participate in how District priorities are identified. The technical briefing can be viewed on Youtube. The Community Policing Strategy and District Deployment Model technical briefing presentation can be accessed here. For more information, please visit

Ottawa Police Frontline Traffic Enforcement

Starting May 6, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Frontline will adjust their approach to traffic enforcement throughout the City of Ottawa to align enforcement with the Service’s Community Policing Strategy and District Deployment Model Pilot. As traffic enforcement needs can be different from neighbourhood to neighbourhood, OPS Frontline officers will use community and City Councillor feedback to strategically deploy to problem areas across the city. In addition to community feedback, officers will use information from the Fatal Collision Review Committee, speeding data and patrol observations to inform their enforcement strategies. With the support of the OPS District Traffic Manager, enforcement by Frontline officers will increase to focus on communities’ varying traffic concerns. Each quarter, Frontline officers will conduct 18 traffic enforcement initiatives, focusing on themes such as: 

  • Speeding
  • Stunt driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Disruptive vehicle noise
  • Residential-area intersection compliance

In addition to enforcement, educating drivers on safe driving behaviours will be a core component of this new approach. For more information about this initiative, please visit


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