Retired OPP officer describes tensions between Ottawa and provincial police


A senior officer with the Ontario Provincial Police described a tense and typically distrustful relationship between his group and the Ottawa police in the course of the Freedom Convoy protests final winter.

Carson Pardy, a now-retired OPP chief superintendent, ran what was known as the built-in planning cell, which was set as much as assist the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) in the course of the Freedom Convoy.

According to paperwork filed Friday with the Public Order Emergency Commission, Pardy was pulled into a gathering on Feb. 8 with the pinnacle of the OPP and different senior officers. There he was advised his group’s mandate was to help Ottawa police and assist rebuild belief with the OPS.

“The public had misplaced belief in OPS as a result of it perceived that the Freedom Convoy protesters have been going unchecked,” says a abstract of the proof Pardy gave the Public Order Emergency Commission.

The inquiry is trying into the federal authorities’s use of the Emergencies Act to quell the protests that gridlocked components of downtown Ottawa for weeks.

Ontario Provincial Police Supt. Craig Abrams arrives for the second day of his testimony on the Public Order Emergency Commission on October 21, 2022 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Pardy mentioned that in the course of the Feb. 8 briefing, he was advised “there have been elementary management considerations in OPS.”

Pardy mentioned OPP Supt. Craig Abrams, who testified on the fee Thursday, advised him that the Ottawa police already had handled a resignation resulting from “unrealistic expectations.”

“He famous that on a number of events in the course of the Freedom Convoy, vital OPS officers walked away resulting from insufferable stress. During the interview, he noticed that OPS switched occasion commanders on three events in the course of the Freedom Convoy,” says a abstract of that Feb. 8 briefing.

Cardy mentioned he was advised by his superiors that whereas the OPS was asking for one more 1,800 officers, it lacked an operational plan to deploy them.

Disagreements between OPP and OPS

Pardy described to fee attorneys what he known as a “passionate” alternate between his group, OPS Chief Peter Sloly and OPS officers on Feb. 9. 

“During the assembly, Chief Sloly advised the cell that if police might repair Ottawa, they’d additionally repair the nation. Chief Superintendent Pardy and his group didn’t agree,” says a abstract of that decision.

Pardy mentioned he and his group joined a digital name on Feb. 12 and heard Sloly addressing his command group disrespectfully.

Pardy mentioned he provided to go away the decision in order that Sloly might handle his group privately, however Sloly declined.

“Chief Sloly made it obvious to Chief Supt. Pardy that Chief Sloly didn’t belief his command group and material specialists,” the fee heard.

Pardy is the third OPP member to testify this week in regards to the dire state of relations with OPS in the course of the convoy protest.

On Thursday, an operations commander spoke to what he noticed as chaos and dysfunction throughout the Ottawa Police Service within the early days of the protest.

OPP Supt. Abrams mentioned that, early on in the course of the convoy protests, he was advised by a senior Ottawa police officer that the OPS did not know the best way to resolve the state of affairs. 

Abrams mentioned that in a name on Jan. 31, the Monday after the primary weekend of protests, then-deputy OPS chief Steve Bell mentioned the service was planning for a protracted occasion and was taking a look at a “four-week sustainability plan.”

That declare was made each in paperwork filed to the fee Thursday and in Friday testimony. 

Abrams mentioned that got here as a shock as he hoped to resolve the state of affairs sooner. 

“To hear that there was a plan that did not appear to be it might have a decision till at the very least 4 weeks was stunning to me,” Abrams mentioned Friday.

“I consider that is the dialog the place he mainly acknowledged, ‘We do not know the best way to resolve this.'”


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