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									   DAVID PEPPER - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE -
                                           VISITS LEAP
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David Pepper, the Director of Community Development for the Ottawa Police Service, will be coming to
speak with LEAP members on Friday October 2, 2009 at 10:00 am in the Conference Room. All are
welcome.

In 1995 David Pepper became the first Director of Community Development & Corporate
Communications at the Ottawa Police Service. In this role he oversees four sections: Community
Development, Diversity and Race Relations, Media Relations and Corporate Communications. He reports
directly to the Chief of Police.

Through his community development responsibilities, David contributes to the strategic direction of the
Ottawa Police Service’s engagement with communities on police and crime-related problems. Partnership
in Action (PIA) is the initiative that has positioned the Ottawa Police Service as a leader in working with
visible and religious minority communities. The initiative has also led the way in the examination of crime
prevention for people with disabilities. Currently, PIA is focused on collaborative work with the Aborginal,
Metis and Inuit communities in Ottawa.

In his corporate communications responsibilities, David is responsible for internal communications and
the day-to-day public communications of the organization including media, web site, and printed
materials. He also oversees crisis communications activities and pro-active communications associated
with major events.

In 1992/93 he worked with the Ottawa Police to establish Canada’s first community-based Hate Crime
Unit. He has spoken nationally and internationally at conferences on hate crimes and its impact on
minority communities based on race, religion and sexual orientation. He is the co-author of Moving
Toward a Distant Horizon, which was commissioned by the Ottawa Police Services Board in 1993 to
address the public policy challenge of hate crimes in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
communities.

In his professional and personal lives, David has worked at the community and institutional level to
mobilize communities around anti-discrimination, public safety, and community development. Currently,
one of his passions is working with the Somali community in supporting a very successful youth
basketball league in Ottawa.

In December 2001 he was honoured through the presentation of the inaugural Good Will Partner Award
by Editions Tawhit-Canada and members of the Ottawa Muslim Community. Capital Xtra! awarded him a
“Lifetime Achievement Award” (far too early) in 2006. One of the greatest tributes bestowed upon him by
the City of Ottawa when one of the Royal Swans, a gay one, was named “Pepper” in his honour.

He holds an Honours degree in Soviet and East European Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa. He
was elected twice by his peers to serve on the Executive of the Ottawa Police Senior Officers’
Association.

David Pepper, Director
Community Development & Corporate Communications
Ottawa Police Service
474 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON, Canada
pepperd@ottawapolice.ca

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