Ottawa and Ontario’s Eastern Region correctional centres are among the 19 provincial facilities getting new officers as part of the government of Ontario’s move to enhance safety measures in the adult correctional system.
The Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre and the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre will collectively be getting 11 new graduates, which they will be splitting accordingly.
There are 107 new correctional officers who are joining the frontlines across Ontario.
The graduates received compensation from the province while undergoing training to help remove barriers to employment, the government announced Friday.
The compensation they received was part of the government’s ongoing commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional service and improve safety.
“The comprehensive training these new correctional officers have received will ensure they can make critical contributions to the communities they serve,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “I want to congratulate and commend every officer graduating this week for their hard work and commitment to keeping Ontario safe each and every day.”
The training program took place virtually and in-person over eight weeks.
The government said the new recruits received extensive training with enhanced instruction in communication, de-escalation and inmate management, as well as anti-Black racism and Indigenous cultural training.
Such provincial detention centres hold people who are awaiting trial, sentencing or other court proceedings, people awaiting transfer to another correctional facility and those who are serving short prison terms of 60 days or less.