137 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Additional Staff to Help Ensure Staff and Inmate Safety, Improve Correctional System
Ontario continues to invest in staffing for the province's adult correctional facilities to deliver rehabilitation and reintegration programming, strengthen mental health supports and improve staff and inmate safety.
Today, 137 new correctional officers graduated from the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program, an eight-week program that all correctional officers are required to complete before being deployed. It includes mental health training and inmate management techniques.
The graduates 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.
Hiring additional correctional officers and investing in training is one way the government is reforming Ontario's correctional system to build safer communities.
- The new correctional officers will be deployed to: Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Central North Correctional Center, Kenora Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre, Thunder Bay Jail, Ontario Correctional Institute, Toronto East Detention Center, Toronto South Detention Centre, Vanier Center for Women, Brockville/St. Lawrence Valley Treatment Center, Central East Correctional Center, Ottawa Carlton Detention Center, Quinte Detention Center, Brantford Jail, Elgin Middlesex Detention Center, Hamilton Wentworth Detention Center, Stratford Jail.
- An additional 192 new recruits are scheduled to begin training on March 27, 2017.
- Ontario recently appointed an independent advisor on corrections reform to provide advice to the government on the use of segregation and ways to improve the province's adult corrections system.
- The province is opening its first dedicated mental health unit in 2018 for female adult inmates on the site of the Roy McMurtry Youth Centre in Brampton.
“Congratulations to Ontario’s newest correctional officers. I am thankful to see so many dedicated individuals take up the mantle of service and keep us safe. These 137 new officers are an integral part of our reform of Ontario’s correctional services. They will support our staff and adult inmates, help break the cycle of crime, reduce the use of segregation and improve Ontario’s correctional system.”