Nine New Correctional Officers Graduate in the North
Frontline Workers will Increase Pubic Safety in Northern Communities
KENORA - Ontario continues to create a safer adult correctional system by hiring nine new correctional officer graduates in the North.
"I would like to congratulate every officer graduating this week for their hard work and dedication," 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."
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.
"Correctional officers from the North, trained in the North and serving at Northern institutions are uniquely qualified to help inmates in the North rebuild their lives and reduce their risk of re-offending," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Indigenous Affairs.
Today's graduating class is part of COTA North. These correctional officers come from communities in the North, were trained in the North and will be assigned to four Northern Ontario institutions - the Kenora Jail, Thunder Bay Jail, Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and Fort Frances Jail. This program offers a local perspective on the unique challenges of each facility and ensures frontline officers reflect the communities they serve.
"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
- 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.