135 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Hires Will Support Transformation, Help Ensure Staff and Inmate Safety
Ontario continues to invest in staffing to ensure that provincial correctional facilities have the personnel they need to deliver rehabilitative programming and ensure staff and inmate safety.
Last Friday, an additional 135 correctional officers graduated from the Ontario Correctional Services College. These new graduates have successfully completed a rigorous assessment and eight-week training program, which includes mental health training and inmate management techniques.
Officers will be working in 18 of the province's 26 adult correctional facilities and are part of the 2,000 correctional officers Ontario has committed to hiring over the next three years. To date, 678 of those correctional officers have been hired.
Hiring additional correctional officers and investing in training is a key part of the government's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Brockville Jail/ St. Lawrence Valley Treatment Centre, Central East Correctional Centre, Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Fort Francis Jail, Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Niagara Detention Centre, North Bay Jail, Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, Sarnia Jail, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Toronto East Detention Centre, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Centre for Women.
- The Correctional Officer Training and Assessment is an eight-week program that all correctional officers are required to complete before being deployed.
- Another 192 new correctional officer recruits are scheduled to begin training in October, 2016.
- Ontario recently announced the opening of a new 122-bed regional intermittent centre at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre in London, Ontario.
- The province is installing advanced technology full-body scanners in all 26 adult provincial correctional facilities over two years to further improve staff and inmate safety, reduce contraband and enhance security.
“I would like to congratulate our province’s newest correctional officers and thank them for choosing a career dedicated to public service and keeping our communities safe. Our government’s commitment to enhancing staffing levels is an important part of the transformation of Ontario’s correctional services, so we can effectively deliver the programs and supports necessary to successfully integrate offenders back into the community.”