OTTAWA — Ottawa Police were busy this past weekend with Canada Day festivities across Ottawa. They wish to thank members of the community for enjoying the long weekend responsibly and safely.
Police were present throughout Ottawa neighbourhoods and enjoyed the friendly reception received throughout the course of their duties.
However, despite increased security planning and an increased police presence, officers again encountered social disorder and fights at Clarke Fields for the Barrhaven Canada Day festivities.
On July 1 at about 9 p.m., officers observed a large group of individuals. Some of those individuals began to form around officers in an attempt to intimidate them. Extra police officers were dispatched to the area and assisted in dispersing the group. During this event there were several fights that officers had to break up.
Two males were arrested for lighting off fireworks. In one case a man was arrested for shooting fireworks from a moving vehicle toward a crowd.
Finally, at the end of the event officers were required to break up a large fight near the main entrance.
Police will continue to work with organizers to continue to enhance security planning for future events.