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After tense relationship with previous regime, Ottawa police union liking early decisions by new chief

'Morale is tied to leadership,' said Matt Skof, President of the Ottawa Police Association.
Matt Skof, president, Ottawa Police Association. Twitter/Matt Skof

The President of the Ottawa Police Association is calling Police Chief Peter Sloly's statement on poor morale among Ottawa officers, "strong and courageous."

"I would agree with [Sloly]," said Matt Skof.

Skof added that low morale on the force is tied to the previous leadership under retired chief Charles Bordeleau.

"One of the significant issues around leadership from our members' perspective is the inconsistencies we've seen over the past seven years," explained the union boss. "You have a traditional group of protected individuals (executives) who are treated in one fashion, and then another vast majority of people are treated in a different matter."

Skof said his union members have been meeting with Chief Sloly and have already presented him with a list of issues and frustrations they want him to be aware of.

Sloly's spending plan for next year also commits to adding 30 officers to the local force, with plans to add 30 more in each of the following two years.

"The commitment to have 30 new officers -- that was very well received. We've been asking for this for years."

Skof was also thrilled with the plan to return to community policing, adding, "That unit should never have been dismantled."


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