65 New Correctional Officers Graduate
Frontline Workers will Increase Public Safety in Their Communities
HAMILTON - Ontario is making the province's adult correctional system safer by hiring 65 new correctional officer graduates.
"Correctional officers are essential partners in Ontario's justice system," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "They provide a vital service that directly impacts community safety across the province. 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.
"Correctional officers across the province provide services that uphold our justice system, and I am very proud to see 65 new correctional officer graduates from COTA to serve across the province," said Belinda Karahalios, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. "I would like to express my gratitude for the hard work these officers have put in and thank them for their service to the people of Ontario."
The officers will be assigned across Ontario to 11 different institutions. Of the 65 new correctional officers, three will go to institutions in the Northern region, 13 will go to the Western region, six to the Eastern region and 43 to the Central region. The new officers are assigned to facilities near their home regions to offer a local perspective on the unique challenges of 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 in the North includes:
- Better health and wellness supports for correctional officers
- Committing to build a new, modern correctional complex in Thunder Bay
- Having a dedicated canine unit at Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre
- Expanding the female unit at Monteith Correctional Complex
- Increasing safety at the Kenora Jail by upgrading infrastructure and strengthening partnerships between corrections staff and police services.