Members of the public will be able to view Wednesday’s funeral for slain Ottawa Police Const. Ireneusz “Eric” Czapnik on a screen set up inside the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, but they will have to use public transit to get there.
“We expect that there will be up to 4,000 sworn and civilian members coming from across Canada and the United States to attend the police funeral,” said Chief Vern White. “We are making every effort to ensure the community can participate, however, space will be limited.”
There will be no public parking at Lansdowne Park or on roads used by the funeral procession from Carleton University to Lansdowne Park.
Residents wishing to pay their respects by standing along the procession route or attending the funeral are advised to take public transportation.
The funeral procession march begins at the Carleton University Fieldhouse around noon and will arrive at Lansdowne Park before 1:30 p.m.
Following the funeral, there will be a procession from Lansdowne Park to a private interment at Beechwood Cemetery.
Czapnik, 51, was stabbed Dec. 29 at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. He was first Ottawa police officer killed in the line of duty since 1983.