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Ontario Hiring and Training Probation and Parole Officers

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Ontario Hiring and Training Probation and Parole Officers

New Hires to Support Safer Communities Through Enhanced Monitoring

Ministry of the Solicitor General

The province is hiring and training probation and parole officers to strengthen community corrections, enhance monitoring of offenders, provide rehabilitative programming and build safer communities.

Training for 17 probation and parole officers began today at the Ontario Correctional Services College. All probation and parole officers must graduate from a comprehensive training program that includes in-class sessions, e-learning and independent study. Topics covered will include assessment and case plans, motivational interviewing, report writing, enforcement and managing specialized cases.

Of the 17 probation and parole officers in training, there is one officer each from Barrie, Chatham, Cornwall, Geraldton, London, Orillia, Renfrew, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Toronto/Danforth, Welland, Windsor and Woodstock. There are two officers from Sarnia and two from Toronto/Riverdale offices.

The province will soon begin hiring an additional 25 new probation and parole officers who will be required to complete the same extensive training to further enhance community safety and increase corrections staffing levels.

Adding probation and parole officers across the province is a key part of the government's transformation of Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.

Quick Facts

  • Between January 1, 2015 and February 26, 2016, 465 probation and parole officers have received specialized training to work with high-risk cases such as domestic violence and sex offenders.
  • The province has created 13 program delivery officers to deliver rehabilitative group programs for medium-to-high-risk offenders

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