Interim Chief Steve Bell has lived in Ottawa for the past 32 years. He is a 26-year veteran of the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) where is currently Interim Chief since February 2022.
During his time with the Ottawa Police Service he has gained experience in various positions including: Chief Administrative Officer (April-December 2021); Interim Chief of Police (May-October 2019); Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigations, Support Services and Planning, Performance & Analytics Directorates.; Neighbourhood Officer, Drug Unit, Guns and Gangs Unit, Youth Section, Professional Standards, Courts and Temporary Custody and Resourcing and Development Directorate.
Interim Chief Bell’s background gives him a solid understanding of both the community’s diverse needs as well as the needs of Police Service members. He is a demonstrated, innovative and strategic thinker who is successful at managing complex organizational change. He has played a key role on several significant projects including Gun Violence Suppression, Neighbourhood Policing, Gender Audit, Service Initiative, and Wellness Strategy.
Interim Chief Bell is also actively involved in the community: he currently sits as Co-Chair of the Community Equity Council, serves as Chair of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre Board and is Co-Chair of the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative.
Interim Chief Bell has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Carleton University. He is married and has two sons.