Forty-Seven New Correctional Officers Graduate
New Frontline Workers will Help Keep Correctional Facilities Safe
HAMILTON - Ontario is making the province's adult correctional system safer by hiring 47 new correctional officer graduates.
Graduates have successfully completed the Correctional Officer Training and Assessment (COTA) program - a comprehensive eight-week program that includes mental health training, Indigenous cultural training, inmate management techniques and ongoing training and job coaching following deployment.
"Few things matter more than the security of the people. I would like to congratulate every person graduating this week for their hard work and commitment," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "Correctional officers are essential partners in Ontario's justice system and perform a great service that contributes to community safety across the province."
The officers will be assigned across Ontario to 15 different institutions. Of the 47 new correctional officers, three will go to institutions in the Northern region, 15 will go to the Western region, 13 to the Eastern region and 16 to the Central region. The new officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions to offer a local perspective on the unique challenges facing each facility.
"We will continue to work directly with all of our frontline staff to ensure they have the resources needed to keep themselves safe, while supporting the rehabilitation of those in our correctional system," said Jones.
Recent government action to support correctional officers includes:
- Better health and wellness supports for correctional officers
- 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.