The Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band was founded in 1969 by serving Ottawa Police officers to promote police community relations and to contribute to memorials for slain officers. This dynamic band has paraded and performed across North America in both Canada and the United States. They have thrilled audiences with their pageantry and show stopping styles at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in Bermuda, Normandy, Colorado, Vancouver, Cleveland, Buffalo, New Hampshire, Toronto, Montreal, Prince Edward Island, and all across Ontario.
Through the nineties to the present day, the Pipe Band has won various titles over the years including the Glengarry Games North American championship in grade four, and Ontario Championship Supreme in grade two in 2012.
The Band wears the ‘Red Ross’ Tartan in honour of Ottawa’s first Chief Constable, Roderick Ross. The Pipe Band and its highland dance troupe currently number close to one hundred members. Pipers and drummers are serving police officers as well as civilian volunteers under the direction of Pipe Major Jamie Ritchie and Drum Major Chris Renwick, both of whom are sworn members of the Ottawa Police.