Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE: “This morning it is with deep sadness that I announce the on-duty death of Constable Artem James Otchakovski of 21 Division, G-Platoon” –Police Chief Metcalf
March 3rd, 2010
Peel Police – MEDIA INVITE – PRESS CONFERENCE Officer Succumbs to Injuries as a result of Collision
Brampton – Peel Regional Police will be hosting a press conference to update the media, regarding the passing of an officer who was critically injured in a collision.
On Monday, March 1, 2010, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a marked Peel Regional Police cruiser was involved in a collision with another vehicle in the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East. Chief Mike Metcalf will be addressing the media on the loss of this officer.
This is video of Peel Police Chief Metcalf’s tragic announcement followed by the video transcript.
Video: PEEL POLICE PRESS CONFERENCE “Officer Succumbs to Injuries as a result of Collision” March 3, 2010 (3:30 min)
PEEL POLICE SPOKESPERSON:
Thank you ladies and gentlemen.
Chief Metcalf is present today to speak about the loss of one of our officers in a tragic motor vehicle collision that occurred on Monday, March 1st. Please remember that the incident is still under investigation and that as a result, Chief Metcalf will be restricted as to what he can actually say about those circumstances. Chief?
PEEL POLICE CHIEF MIKE METCALF:
Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very much for coming. I have with me on the podium, the Chairman of our Police Services Board, Mr. Emil Kolb and to his right is Mr. Jim Murray, our Vice Chair.
We have suffered a great loss.
This morning it is with deep sadness that I announce the on-duty death of Constable Artem James Otchakovski of 21 Division, G-Platoon. And I have also have Superintendent Steve Wollaston, the Divisional Commander —21 Division.
Constable Otchakovski passed away at 9 o’clock last night, surrounded by his family and his colleagues. He is survived by his wife, Erin and three-year-old son.
Constable Otchakovski joined Peel Regional Police in 2008. He was assigned to 21 Division at that time.
On Monday, March 1st at approximately 11 pm, Constable Otchakovski, on his way to assist another officer in a non-emergency situation, was involved in a motor vehicle collision at Steeles Avenue, east of Airport Road.
Other officers attended the scene. Fire and Emergency personnel also attended. James was then transported to Brampton Civic Hospital before being transferred to Sunnybrook
Investigation into the accident is conducted by our Major Collision Bureau and I can’t comment on the investigation at this time.
Our chaplain, along with peer support staff, members of the chief’s management group and the Peel Regional Police Association have been with James’s family and platoon colleagues since the accident, and we will continue to offer support.
The coming days will be difficult for us. We prepare to pay tribute to a fine young officer who cared for his family and served his community with pride. The loss of one of our own is a tragedy that affects all of us, but we can rely on the strength of our entire police family and the community to cope with the grief.
We have many support services in place to help our officers and civilian support staff cope with what has happened.
The many men and women of the Peel Regional Police, as they deal with this tragedy, will continue to serve the citizens of Peel as we always do, and I ask that you keep James’ family, friends and colleagues in your prayers.
And I’ll answer any questions…
UPDATE THURSDAY FEBRUARY 4, 2010 8:35 pm. Peel Regional Police left the following on Facebook.
The Police Funeral for Constable Artem “James” Ochakovsky will be held as follows:
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hershey Centre, 5500 Rose Cherry Place, Mississauga [map]
Where: Turner and Porter Funeral Home
2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga [map]
When: Monday, March 8, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, March 8, 2010
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
On Monday, March 1, 2010, at approximately 11:00 p.m., Constable Artem “James” OCHAKOVSKY, while operating a marked police cruiser, was involved in a two-vehicle collision in the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East. Constable OCHAKOVSKY was taken to the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with critical injuries, where, despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, he succumbed to his injuries.
Constable Artem “James” OCHAKOVSKY was a two-year veteran of Peel Regional Police. He had been assigned to the Uniform Bureau at 21 Division, where he operated in a patrol function in the City of Brampton. He is survived by his wife and 3 year-old son.
A trust fund in support of Constable Ochakovsky’s family has been established with TD Canada Trust. Donations can be made at any TD Canada Trust branch. Cheque or direct deposits should be made out to “In Trust for the Family of James Ochakovsky”. The account number is: 0159-6529108.
For funeral related inquires please contact us at (905) 453-2121, ext. #4033 or at 1-888-660-6068. If there is no answer, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
And from the Peel Regional Police website
Those who wish to express their condolences to the family and friends of Constable Artem “James” Ochakovsky #3382 can do so by e-mail at email@example.com
A book of condolences will also be available at the following Peel Police facilities;
11 Division – located at 3030 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga
12 Division – located at 4600 Dixie Road, Mississauga
21 Division – located at 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton
22 Division – located at 7750 Hurontario Street, Brampton
Airport Division – located at 2951 Convair Drive, Mississauga
Emil V. Kolb Centre for Police Excellence – located at 180 Derry Road, Mississauga