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Peter Sloly resigns as Ottawa's police chief

Sloly has faced sharp criticism over what many people feel has been an inadequate police response to the 'Freedom Convoy' protests occupying downtown Ottawa.
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Ottawa Police Service's Chief Peter Sloly providing updates to media about the truck convoy protest on Friday, February 4, 2022. (Photo/Jason White)

Embattled Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly is resigning as head of the police service, a source confirms to CityNews Ottawa.

The chief has faced sustained sharp criticism over what many residents feel has been an inadequate police response to the ongoing occupation of downtown Ottawa by anti-government demonstrators.

The Ottawa Police Services Board's special meeting on Tuesday, February 15 has been postponed a third time to 3 p.m.

Deputy Chief Steve Bell will act as the OPS' interim chief while the force finds someone to fill the position.

After requesting 1,800 bodies to support the OPS, Sloly said in a Friday, February 11 briefing that the police force can't do much without the necessary manpower.

Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency on Friday to end what he called a "siege" in Ottawa.

Before taking over the police chief role in August 2019, Sloly spent 27 years in the Toronto Police Service, where he was deputy chief between 2009 and 2016.

With files from Chris Stoodley

Jason White

About the Author: Jason White

Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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