At this time of sadness and shock, I join the thousands of Canadian elected officials and community leaders in condemning the murder and injury of fellow Canadians in Sainte-Foy.
I also join in a call to all Canadians, whether citizens, landed immigrants or recent refugees, to remember that we are a country of generous and compassionate people who seek to unite, to find commonality and to build bonds, and never to divide.
Please know that I stand with you and with all residents of Ottawa. It is this spirit that I share the message below from our chief of police.
Message from Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau
Community Leaders, Colleagues and Friends,
We have had a chance to speak with some of you over the last 24 hours following the terrible tragedy in Ste-Foy, Québec.
I want you to know that we are also aware of the impact this attack has had on all of our communities locally. The members of the Ottawa Police Service are committed to your safety and security and we have increased our vigilance and presence at local religious institutions.
We continue to be in contact with all of our security partners including the RCMP and the Sûreté du Québec as their investigation continues.
These types of events affect us all and we understand that they have a profound impact on many in our diverse communities.
The Ottawa Police Service has long standing relationships with our various faith and community groups and leaders. It is with this relationship in mind that we encourage you to share this information as widely as possible with members of your respective communities. Ensuring public safety can only be done with the support of the communities we serve.
If at any time, you or a member of your community feels that there is a life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, you are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1. For all other non-emergency crimes, or for general inquiries, you are encouraged to call 613-236-1222. Visit our website at ottawapolice.ca for additional information about the services we offer.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to working together.
Chief of Police