May 3, 2024 Newsletter

May 3, 2024 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.

Emergency Services News

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, our 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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