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Survey, Zoom to seek input from Ottawans in search for new police chief

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The Ottawa Police Services Board is asking city residents to complete an online survey and attend a Zoom consultation on what residents want to see in the capital’s next police chief.

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Comments will be reported to the board, the civilian body that oversees the force, at its next meeting scheduled for July 25. It will be used to help develop an advertisement for the currently vacant position and an interview process for potential candidates, the board said in a statement Wednesday.

Ottawa-based Hefid.Solutions is leading the community engagement process with executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, which the board has hired to help recruit a new leader.

Residents can complete the online survey in English or French until July 13.

People can also register for a bilingual virtual session on July 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Hefid.Solutions will also host a series of “targeted one-on-one interviews and group sessions with various community representatives” to get more feedback and ensure it comes from “a range of stakeholder interests” , the council said. More details are online.

Steve Bell is Ottawa’s acting police chief. Peter Sloly resigned in February amid criticism of Ottawa police’s handling of the “freedom convoy” that paralyzed downtown for three weeks.