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Ottawa public school board ends police officer program

In addition, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will publish a formal apology and its trustees will take anti-racism and decolonization training.
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Ottawa Police Service cruiser. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Ottawa's largest school board has voted to end its police officer program and issue a formal apology to any students harmed by the practice.

A motion to completely and immediately end the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's engagement with the school resource officer program passed 10-1, Thursday night, after two evenings of debate at the board.

Trustees also voted to publish a formal apology to students harmed by the program on its website and in the media.

As part of the motion, trustees will take anti-racism and decolonization training and the board will also seek out community groups that help marginalized people and consult with them to find a way to improve student services for youth in crisis.




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