The Ottawa Police Service is a critical part of this city.
That’s self-evident. So the fact that there is a huge gulf between the police executive and the rank-and-file must be concerning to all residents.
The Ottawa Police Association has pulled out of ceremonial duties and voluntary joint committees. The OPA believes the situation surrounding the OPS executive is untenable.
The OPA says its membership is tired of being treated unfairly.
So now Ottawans need to know who will stand up for the citizens of this community?
Mayor Jim Watson has lost his mediating ability when he told officers that if they are unhappy they can move to another force. Not the finest management technique. The OPA after that is unlikely to take much the mayor will say seriously.
The Police Services Board has repeatedly sided with the OPS executive and has slavishly avoided dealing with controversial decisions. The PSB has lost its ability to bring the two sides together.
So who can lead to mediate this dispute? Watson can’t. The PSB can’t.
Who will lead?
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