22 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Frontline Workers will Increase Community Safety
HAMILTON - Ontario continues to support frontline staff and make the province's adult correctional system safer by hiring 22 new correctional officer graduates.
"Correctional officers are a crucial part of Ontario's justice system," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "Their dedication and hard work improves safety across the province and we owe them a debt of gratitude. I would like to congratulate every graduate for their hard work and commitment."
Graduates have successfully completed the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program - a comprehensive eight-week course that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.
"I am very proud to see these new correctional officer graduates serve across the province," said Belinda Karahalios, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. "I would like to thank these officers and express my gratitude for their impending service to the people of Ontario."
The officers will be assigned across Ontario to eight different institutions. Of the 22 new correctional officers, six will go to institutions in the Northern region, five will go to the Western region, and 11 to the Central region. The new officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions.
"We are committed to making sure our frontline staff have the resources needed to keep them safe on the job. The safety and security of frontline staff is a priority for our government," said Jones.
Recent government action to support correctional staff includes:
- Better health and wellness supports for correctional officers
- Adding two new specialized security teams to help make correctional facilities safer
- Improving safety and increasing security by adding capacity to the Institutional Crisis Intervention Teams in the province's Northern adult correctional institutions
- Committing to build a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay
- Expanding the female unit at Monteith Correctional Complex
- Having a dedicated canine unit at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre
- Increasing safety at the Kenora Jail by upgrading infrastructure and strengthening partnerships between corrections staff and police services