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Ontario's Police College Turns 50

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Ontario's Police College Turns 50

McGuinty Government Training Police Officers To Serve And Protect

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario's police college in Aylmer is celebrating 50 years of training police officers to keep our communities safe.

The Ontario Police College is recognized as a leader in North America and around the world in preparing police officers to safely and effectively perform their duties, while meeting the needs of Ontario's diverse communities.

As part of the 50th anniversary activities happening throughout the year, the college will hold special events linked to their three 2012 graduation ceremonies, including the unveiling of a time capsule.

Helping to train the future police officers who serve us is part of the McGuinty government's commitment to keeping our communities safe for all Ontarians.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario Police College offered its first classes in January 1963 in the abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force base near Aylmer, Ontario.
  • About 10,000 students each year take courses at the Ontario Police College.
  • The college has 165 full- and part-time employees including instructors, support and seconded staff. The 45 permanent instructors are supplemented by police officers from various police services, usually for two-year periods.

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“I congratulate the staff at the Ontario Police College for 50 years of great work ensuring police officers from provincial, municipal and First Nations police services receive outstanding training to prepare themselves for careers in policing.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“The Ontario Police College has continually enhanced police training since we accepted our first students 50 years ago and we are always looking at new methods of training to ensure we meet the needs of Ontario's police services.”

Bill Stephens

Acting Director, Ontario Police College

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