In the midst of the chaos, Ottawa Police Service Chief Peter Sloley resigned on Tuesday amid a barrage of criticism from the public and elected officials who were fed up with his inaction in front of the truckers’ headquarters in the city.
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“It is clear that many members of the Police Services Board, the City Council and the public are not satisfied with the police response to ending the occupation,” said Mayor Jim Watson of Ottawa.
For his part, the former chief is vague on the motives behind his resignation, which will take effect immediately after two years as head of the service.
Several media outlets reported clashes within his police force, particularly over Mr Sloley’s blame for his colleagues and his inability to implement a plan to end the crisis.
Born in Jamaica, Peter Sloley served in the Toronto Police Service for 27 years before becoming Ottawa Chief of Police.
The 55-year-old is known for his progressive, community-based policing, which focused less on law enforcement.
His contract with the Toronto Police Service ended in a tailspin in 2016, suggesting that the same work could be done with less resources.
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“I understand that [Sloly] Is conducive to a kind of conflict-free policing. But in this case, he’s not the right person to handle the situation, “said Heather Black, a Downtown resident.
Authorities opposed the protest with all available police forces, special services and the army. “
“It simply came to our notice then [Sloly] Judge Franకోois Dore, a retired police officer, tried to reconcile the protesters. But at some point, you need to know exactly how to apply the rules, but firmly. ⁇
In addition, the former Sûreté du Québec said Ottawa police were performing poorly compared to their counterparts in Quebec and Toronto, where police were able to frame convoys quickly.
On Tuesday, across the street from Parliament, an Ontario trucker was delighted to have a police chief.
“It’s a really good sign, something is going on,” said Greg Gunson, 47.
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As of Monday, the Ottawa occupation had left $ 14.1 million in police costs to taxpayers and even the salaries of RCMP officers.