35 Correctional Officers Join The Frontlines

Attorney General Sylvia Jones announces the new OPP facility in Mississauga on Wednesday. Pictures: Sylvia Jones/Twitter

HAMILTON: Ontario’s adult correctional system has inducted 35 new correctional officers who will be joining the frontline.

These recent graduates are part of the government’s commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to hire over 500 new, correctional workers and modernize infrastructure.

“I would like to congratulate the latest group of correctional officer graduates for their hard work and commitment, especially during this challenging time,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

The training took place virtually and in-person, providing officers with institution-based training, including more job-specific case studies and scenario-based learning with an emphasis on antiBlack racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques.

This approach builds critical-thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills so graduates are better prepared to respond to real-life situations.

The graduates will be assigned to 11 different institutions:
• Nine will support the Northern region at Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Fort Frances Jail, Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Complex, and Thunder Bay Jail.

• 13 will work in the Central Region at Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre, Maplehurst Correctional Complex, Niagara Detention Centre, and Vanier Centre for Women.

• 13 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.