Ontario Hiring New Corrections Staff to Keep Communities Safe

Arshad Khan

The Ontario government is deploying more correctional services staff to ensure the safety and security of communities across the province. Today, 113 correctional officers and 18 probation and parole officers graduated from Ontario’s Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement and Training after several weeks of intensive training.

“I am proud to recognize and support our correctional services staff who keep Ontarians safe and protected,” said Solicitor General Michael Kerzner. “These individuals have taken on an important responsibility and their dedication to public service helps make our communities safer.”

Together with Mohawk College, the government delivers an extensive eight-week training program for correctional officers which includes enhanced instruction in communication and de-escalation techniques. The curriculum also includes a focus on anti-Black racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques.

Probation and parole officer graduates complete five weeks of extensive training at Ontario’s Correctional Services Recruitment and Training Centre. The training includes assessment and case plans, motivational interviewing, report writing, enforcement and managing specialized cases.

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