Police Services Bill for Occupation of Ottawa’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ Surpasses $55 Million

Ottawa police laid more than 500 charges during the occupation of the “Freedom Convoy” in downtown Ottawa last winter, with the majority of charges laid as police intervened to end the the demonstration.

And the police bill for the three-week protest in downtown Ottawa reached $55 million.

The Ottawa Police Service Institutional Report filed this week for the Public Order Emergency Commission outlines the service’s response to the occupation from January 28 to February 23, including the number of officers deployed and the number of arrests and charges.

A total of 310 people were arrested during the convoy protest from January 28 to March 12, according to the documents, and 140 people face charges.

Police say 553 charges were laid during the convoy protest in downtown Ottawa, including 214 for mischief/mischief obstructing property and 112 for obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Another 84 charges were issued for “disobeying a lawful court order”.

Eleven charges were laid for assaulting a peace officer during the protest in downtown Ottawa, along with six assault charges.

The documents show that 192 charges were issued on February 18 and 196 charges were issued on February 19, as police launched an operation to end the occupation of downtown Ottawa and clear the streets.

The federal government invoked the Emergencies Act on February 14.


2,223 OFFICERS IN OTTAWA

The RCMP, Ontario Provincial Police and 13 municipal police services deployed officers to Ottawa during the “Freedom Convoy” demonstration.

The report shows that the RCMP deployed 1,015 officers to Ottawa, while the Ontario Provincial Police sent 948 officers.

The Toronto Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police Service, York Regional Police, Cornwall Police Service, Kingston Police Service, Smiths Falls and other services provided dozens of officers to the operation.

The Ottawa Police Service incurred a total of over $55 million in costs associated with the “Freedom Convoy”, including salaries of Ottawa Police officers and payments to external police agencies to cover staffing staff, accommodation and travel.

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