Our past, our future - 150 years of policing in Ottawa celebrated throughout 2005
In 2005, the Ottawa Police Service celebrated the 150th anniversary of policing in Ottawa - 150 years after the City of Ottawa's first Chief Constable, Roderick Ross, was appointed.
A great cause...
A portion of the funds raised for the 150th Anniversary celebration were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. The Ottawa Police Service is a proud partner and long standing supporter of the Club.
Serving the Ottawa community for over 80 years, the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa makes a difference in the lives of our youth. It reaches out to 5,000 children and youth each year through after-school, weekend and summer programs that build self-esteem and help to develop stronger social skills. For more information, please visit the Club's Web site.
To mark the 150th Anniversary of policing in the Ottawa area, a number of special events and activities were held inviting community members to participate in celebrating "our past, our future."
Throughout 2005, a history of area policing exhibit at the Bytown Museum, and mobile displays at police buildings and special events were spread across the city. View pieces of our Museum exhibit...
Share Your Story
In the process of moving forward, it is important not to lose touch with the past. Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of policing in Ottawa allows us to rediscover our history and traditions.
We invited you to share your story of policing in the Ottawa area. Selected submissions appeared in local media pieces throughout. The articles served to enhance our relationship with the communities we serve by providing a closer look at our history and our people. Themes of the stories included contributions of former police agencies, points of view, significant milestones, special interests, innovations, or anything that was of interest to the public and would serve the public in getting to know us better.
Hosted by the Ottawa Police Pipe Band with the participation of the Ottawa Police Colour Party and Highland Dancers, as well as acclaimed police and military bands from across North America, the 150th Anniversary Police Tattoo was held at the Ottawa Civic Center on Saturday, June 25, 2005. A portion of proceeds from this event were donated to the CHEO Foundation. Participants included the RCMP Pipes and Drums and Highland Dancers along with other local pipe bands.
Funds raised from this event will go towards the expansion of the CHEO Emergency Department which serves over 52,000 children each year.
On Friday, November 18th, 2005, the Ottawa Police Service hosted a 150th Anniversary of Policing Gala at the Ottawa Congress Centre. In support of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, over 600 guests attended including current and retired members, professional and community partners, friends and family.
CBC Chief Correspondent Mr. Peter Mansbridge captured the audience with his wit and professionalism as keynote speaker. He acknowledged the success of the partnership between the Ottawa Police Service and the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa while we were reminded of the importance of public service and helping others.
Guest speakers included Mr. Ed Bridgen, Vice Chair of the Ottawa Police Service Credit Union, Mr. Terry Sheahan, First Vice President of MBNA Canada Bank and Mr. Marc Seaman, Director of Public Affairs of Microsoft Canada.
Throughout 2005, the Ottawa Police Service had many proud partners for the anniversary celebrations. A sincere thank you to all of our sponsors for your support throughout 2005.