The capital's incoming top cop is laying out his to-do list, ahead of taking over his new office at police headquarters in a few weeks.
Peter Sloly was named as Ottawa's new police chief at a news conference at City Hall, Monday.
In a one-on-one radio interview, Sloly said that tackling gun violence will be a major priority. He thinks that the solution will require partners in the community, but also believes that re-implementing community policing will help the police apprehend the people behind the gun violence.
"We're going to expand and deepen our capabilities around community policing," Sloly told Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310 NEWS. "Embedded officers...working to earn that respect, and through that respect developing the type of relationship and, quite frankly, information that comes from that type of relationship."
Sloly also said that he's committed to communicating with residents in both official languages. While he's not bilingual, Sloly said that he's not starting from scratch when it comes to French.
"In my early days, playing with the men's national soccer team, I travelled quite a bit to Francophone countries in North Africa and was actually almost fluent at that point," said Sloly. "Unfortunately, once I settled into a policing career in Toronto, no, I didn't have a chance to use it and so it's become very rusty."
Sloly said he is currently wrapping up his current job, as a conultant with Deloitte, but plans to be in his new office at police headquarters in October.
Listen to the full conversation with incoming Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly on Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe: