22 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Increasing frontline staff and keeping communities safe
HAMILTON - Today, 22 new correctional officers graduated and will be joining the frontlines, helping to make the province's adult correctional system safe.
"Correctional officers are a vital part of Ontario's justice system and their commitment contributes to community safety across the province," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "I would like to congratulate every graduate for their hard work and dedication."
Graduates have successfully completed correctional officer training, consisting of a comprehensive eight-week program that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques, and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.
"It is a commendable choice to become a correctional officer and I would like to express my gratitude to these officers for their service to the people of Ontario," said Belinda Karahalios, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. "The safety and security of frontline staff is crucial. Our government is dedicated to making sure our officers have the resources required to ensure their safety and protection."
The graduates will be assigned to nine different institutions across Ontario. Of the 22 new correctional officers, seven will go to institutions in the Northern Region, two will go to the Western Region, four will go to the Eastern Region and nine to the Central Region. Correctional officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions.
Recent government action to support correctional staff includes: