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Enforcement Professionals

Constable Ray Lamarre, Enforcement Professional

Ray Lamarre has been the Community Police Officer at the Greenbank Station for the past six years and a member of the Ottawa Police Service for 20 years. Ray is involved in community safety and crime prevention projects as part of his job, but he also spends many hours with the community on his own personal time. Whether he is speaking at a community forum, attending a neighbourhood event, or just walking in his neighbourhood interacting with community members, people know they can always talk to Ray.
Ray’s goal with community policing is to empower communities to help fight crime from within and he has worked tirelessly to achieve this. He is extremely passionate about community and individual safety, and his work with community members and volunteers is done with compassion and dedication. Ray’s ability to blend seamlessly with his community allows for a connection based trust and mutual respect. This deep connection is a profound asset in making the community a safer place.

Ray’s deep understanding of the importance of the larger public’s education about community safety issues is also a great strength. He is a media favourite, always willing to speak with reporters and work with media to get the right message out to the broader public in the right way.

Ray’s involvement with his community takes many forms:

  • He has been instrumental in expanding the Neighbourhood Watch Program throughout the City of Ottawa, putting much time and effort into the implementation of initiatives to change and enhance the program. His efforts have helped lower crime by emphasizing individual responsibility for community safety.
  • Ray played a major role in the training of the patrollers for the Pathway Patrols Program established by the National Capital Commission in 1997. The program provides information, improves safety and courtesy, and promotes healthy active living on Ottawa’s recreational pathways. Ray has been actively involved in screening, training and evaluating volunteers.
  • Ray works with community organizations and helps them forge strong links within their communities to resolve their issues. He is often called upon to assist with intervention and talks to the youth and community members. Ray is always available for community forums or events, often speaking about issues of concern to communities like vandalism or drugs and alcohol.
  • Ray works on the issue of Elder Abuse, giving presentations in numerous retirement communities and residences. He helped create senior’s safety forums to raise awareness and inform seniors of how to protect themselves against crime. He has also lectured on the subject of Elder Abuse to the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital, the Royal Ottawa, and the University of Ottawa’s geriatric nursing program, and on the subject of Police and Social Intervention to the University of Ottawa’s criminology department.
  • Ray was involved in starting the “Protect our Kids” program to help inform students of the dangers of Internet predators.  
  • Ray introduced “Neighbourhood Walks”, during which he walks the streets of his community to meet residents and provide advice on community safety and sometimes “on the spot” solutions to problems.

These are just a few examples of Ray’s work in his community. Because Ray gives his full attention and shares his knowledge about crime prevention and community safety, he helps to create a better informed community and to lessen the sense of crisis for many people. Because he is a team player, he also acknowledges the many people who work with him, including the 22 volunteers who work in his office and who he claims “make his job easy.”

In addition to his busy work schedule, Ray attends the University of Ottawa where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in History focusing on linguistic and visible minorities and their contribution to the Canadian Identity.

Building trust, creating dialogue and finding ways to increase crime prevention and community safety have always been Ray’s goals. He has succeeded in so many ways and continues his commitment to do more every day.

Sgt. Jean Lamothe, Enforcement Professional

Ottawa Police Sergeant Jean Lamothe is a man who believes that people hold the power to keeping their neighbourhoods safe—and that crime prevention is best achieved by working together. Those who know him best will tell you he’s a man who never gives up.

When he started working in community policing 15 years ago, Hintonburg and Mechanicsville were teetering on the edge. Residents were desperate to push out drug dealers, crack houses, Johns and sex trade workers. They wanted to take back their streets and return their neighbourhoods to a time and place where children felt safe. In Sgt. Jean Lamothe, they found their champion.

A veteran police officer, Jean listened to their needs. He believed the community had a right to a safe neighbourhood. Most importantly, he worked closely with the Hintonburg Community Association, residents and businesses to help them fight crime and clean up their neighbourhoods, one small step at a time. He empowered them with the knowledge and tools they needed to work more directly with police on crime issues, conduct community safety audits, and implement Neighbourhood Watch programs.

Jean is what many would call an “ideas man.” In seeking out innovative solutions, he brings people together. He did just that to fight the plague of crack houses in the area. He introduced an integrated task force composed of residents, city staff and police to deal with problem properties. The pilot project was called “One House at a Time,” and it aimed to educate landlords about responsible leasing. Problem properties were systematically targeted, and landlords were ordered to fix the buildings. As they put money into them, tenant screening became more rigorous. This initial project grew into the “Task Force on Problem Properties” and has spread to many urban communities—simply because it works.

When residents pressed the police to get rid of Johns, he helped them develop the Sex Trade Activity Reporting Card to report Johns’ licence plate numbers. He played an important part in forming the “John School” in 1995, set up the prostitution sweep system, and for many years, led the sweeps and trained the officers taking part in them.

It has not been an easy road. As Jean will tell you, results don’t come quickly. In fact, he says, it’s a lot like “emptying the ocean with a spoon.” But 15 years later, the Hintonburg-Mechanicsville area has gone from 30 crack houses down to one, Johns no longer circle the block following young teenagers home, and the community has finally come alive. Property values have gone up and more and more businesses have moved into the neighbourhood.

As for Jean, after 33 years in uniform, he still loves seeing the results. He credits his bosses—all the way up to the Chief, his colleagues, and passionate, committed members of the community for the successes. “I’m not taking the credit,” he says. “When you work with talented people, it’s easy to get motivated.”