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Marijuana decriminalization, sex work bill, and racial profiling up for discussion at police chiefs meeting

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau addresses media at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police meeting Monday morning.
Cassie Aylward

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police kicked off its annual meeting in Ottawa Monday morning.

Leaders from police agencies across the province are discussing how to tackle pertinent issues facing police today.

Former president of the association, Steve Tanner, says among those issues are racial profiling, marijuana decriminalization, and the controversial new federal prostitution bill.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau says the issue of racial profiling is one that's important to the Ottawa service.

He says he wants to learn from other cities' strategies, and show off our own.  He says Ottawa's is currently the only police service that's collecting data from all traffic stops.

"The community engagement model that we've implemented here in Ottawa, I think can be used as a model across Ontario and Canada as far as that engagement piece," Bordeleau told reporters.

The conference is taking place at the Chateau Laurier until Wednesday.

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