Ottawa Police Chief Resigns Amid Freedom Convoy Protests.
Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly abruptly resigned on Feb. 15 amid large-scale protests in the city against federal COVID-19 mandates.
Sloly issued a statement on social media confirming his resignation.
“It is with a heavy heart I am announcing I have stepped down as Chief of the Ottawa Police Service,” he said.
Please see my statement below. pic.twitter.com/2tfUDPiKTI
— Chief Peter Sloly (@OPSChiefSloly) February 15, 2022
“Since the onset of this demonstration, I have done everything possible to keep this city safe and put an end to this unprecedented and unforeseeable crisis. We have acquired new resources and enforcement tools, and stood up the new Integrated Command Centre. I am confident the Ottawa Police Service is now better positioned to end this occupation.”
City councillor Diane Deans said during an Ottawa Police Services Board meeting that the board and Sloly had “reached a mutually agreed-upon separation.”