Ottawa Police Airport Unit acquires Carbine deployment capability
(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and the Ottawa Airport Authority are announcing that effective immediately, Ottawa Police officers who work at the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) will now have the capability to carry carbine rifles, as part of their use of force equipment to augment public safety and better respond to any security threat.
The carbine rifle program has been active in the OPS since 2006.
“In today’s climate, this additional piece of equipment allows us to continue to be prepared and respond to events that may affect the safety and security of our community and travelers to Ottawa,” said Ottawa Police Airport Staff Sergeant Atallah Sadaka. “This is a preventive and proactive measure, and not indicative of any intelligence or threat. Our goal is to enhance existing security measures at our airport.”
Our partners at Ottawa International Airport are working hard to ensure the safety of all travelers.
“The Ottawa Airport Authority strives to ensure the highest degree of safety and security for all users of the airport,” said Ottawa Airport Authority CEO and President, Mark Laroche. “This includes working closely with our law enforcement partners to regularly employ various security measures such as the deployment of the Ottawa Police Service carbines.”
The Ottawa Police Service asks you to always report anything suspicious by calling us at 613-236-1222 for non-emergencies or by dialling 911 if there’s any immediate danger.