Constable Artem (James) Otchakovski Peel Regional Police Service Ontario

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Constable Artem (James) Otchakovski
Peel Regional Police Service

End of Watch: Monday, March 1, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: 2 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Monday, March 1, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable James Otchakovski was killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East, in Brampton. He was on patrol when his vehicle collided with another vehicle at the intersection.
Constable Otchakovski had served with the agency for two years. He is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son.

Agency Contact Information
Peel Regional Police Service
Brampton, ON 
Phone: () –
Please contact the Peel Regional Police Service for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Toronto-area police mourn officer killed in collision

Constable Artem "James" Otchakovski of the Peel Regional Police died in the line of duty when he was involved in a two-vehicle collision. He is the first Peel Regional Constable to die in the line of duty since the August 1984 murder of Dwayne Tiukala.

Brampton, Canada – Two years ago Constable Artem ‘James’ Otchakovski joined the Peel Regional Police Department. On Monday, the officer was killed from injuries when he was involved in a two-vehicle collision in the intersection of Airport Road and Steeles Avenue East.

Constable Otchakovski was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital where despite the best efforts of the doctors and staff he passed away Monday.

During a phone interview, Constable J.P. Valade with Peel Regional Polic said Otchakovski came to Canada in 1995 from the Soviet Union.

He is survived by his wife Erin and their 3-year-old son Owen.

"Erin and Owen are doing as well as can be expected," said Valade. "Their live has been turned upside down. We are standing by their side during this difficult time. At this time we want to give the family time to grieve in private."

James worked as a chef before going to school at the University of Kishinev in Moldova before coming to Canada. Before joining the police department James worked at Brinks Security for 10 years.

"James had only been with us for two years," said Valade, "and he was a model recruit who came to serve his community later in life joining the force at the age of 34. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, speaking four languages; Russian, Ukirian, Hebrew and English."

The officers who worked with Otchakovski in 21st Division are currently on their regularly scheduled off days. They are working with peer support, and at this time, Constable Valade says it is being decided if they will be given more time off in order to go through the grieving process.

"We will make sure that everyone that James worked with will have time off in order to attend his funeral," he said.

As an officer, Otchakovski came into contact with a number of cases. "He was still learning the ropes of crime solving. He was with us for such a short time." Valade explained that new officers have a case load but do not generally work on the bigger cases.

Otchakovski rode alone, as Peel police officers drive their patrol cars alone unless they are training.

Those who wish to send condolences to the family and friends of Otchakovski can do so here. Donations can be made at any TD Canada Trust branch across Canada. Cheque or direct deposits should be made out to “In Trust for the Family of James Ochakovsky”. The account number is: 0159-6529108.

The other driver, a 22-year-old man from Brampton, had minor injuries. He was treated at hospital and released.

There have been no charges laid at this time. Police are still investigating the case and hope that witnesses will come forward with information about the case.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau at (905)-453-2121, extension 3710. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting, or by texting “PEEL”, followed by your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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