403 Police Recruits Complete Basic Constable Training

403 Police Recruits Complete Basic Constable Training

New frontline police officers will be dispatched across Ontario

August 05, 2021

Solicitor General

AYLMER — The Ontario government is honoured to recognize the most recent Basic Constable Training (BCT) class of 2021 from the Ontario Police College (OPC).

“On behalf of the Ontario government, I would like to congratulate all 403 recruits today,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “It took a lot of hard work and determination to achieve their goal, especially during these unprecedented times. Throughout their training, these new police recruits have shown strength, resiliency and character, and these qualities will serve them well as they begin their service as peace officers in Ontario.”

The successful completion of basic constable training is an important milestone on the path to becoming a police officer. During this training program, recruits learn how to prevent crime, assist victims, maintain public order and respond to emergencies. Today’s recruits will continue learning at their respective police services in communities across the province.

“Today’s new recruits join a long line of frontline police officers across the province who work relentlessly to serve and protect Ontarians,” said Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. “Everyday police put their lives on the line to protect our communities, and our government will continue to do its utmost to give them the support, resources and tools they need to do their job effectively and safely.”

Quick Facts

  • The OPC has been training new police hires since 1962.
  • The basic constable training program is delivered by the OPC.
  • Since September 2018, 3,431 recruits have completed the program.
  • Of the 403 recruits, the average age is 28 and 92 per cent have completed post-secondary education.
  • The OPC is one of the largest police training facilities in North America with an average of over 8,000 recruits, police officers, and civilian personnel attending each year.

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Ontario Police College and how to become a police constable.

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