440 Police Recruits Graduate from Basic Constable Training
New frontline police officers to help keep Ontario communities safe
AYLMER — The Ontario government is honoured to recognize the third graduating class of 2019 from Ontario's Police College (OPC).
"Policing is a noble profession - one that requires courage, compassion and commitment," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "As today's graduates take the next step in their career, we're reminded that Ontario's police officers risk their lives each and every day to keep our communities safe, and for that, we should all be thankful."
The successful completion of basic constable training marks an important milestone on the path to becoming a police officer. During this 12-week program, recruits learn how to prevent crime, assist victims, maintain public order and respond to emergencies. Today's graduates will continue learning at their respective police services in communities across the province.
"On behalf of the Ontario government, I would like to congratulate all 440 officers graduating today. I'm pleased that today's graduates are more reflective of the communities they will serve with more than a quarter being women, a third able to speak more than one language and one in four who identify as a visible minority or Indigenous," said Jones. "It took a lot of hard work and commitment to reach this goal and as you move forward in your career, know that we are committed to providing you with the support and resources you need to keep the public safe."
- The OPC has been training new police hires since 1962.
- The basic constable training program is delivered by the OPC three times a year.
- Since September 2018, 1,655 recruits have completed the program.
- Of the 440 graduates, the average age is 28 and 90 per cent have completed post-secondary education.
- Learn more about the Ontario Police College and how to become a police constable.