OPP reaches out to hopefuls

March 8, 2017 by  

The Ontario Provincial Police may be looking into circulating ‘help wanted’ signs all across Southwestern Ontario, because during the next three years, the province will see nearly 1,500 officers retire. To fill the gap, outreach officers have already begun actively recruiting new rookie constables.

To reach the widest group of candidates, the OPP will be hosting several information sessions, in London and surrounding areas. Here, the recruiting process will be described in detail. Interested candidates can learn how to successfully complete an application, and how to ensure their résumé will stand out from the competition. Interview training and tips will also be offered, including common questions an applicant will be expected to answer.

Session attendees will be encouraged to ask questions to verify that they are ideally suited to a career in law enforcement. Expectations of an OPP officer will also be reviewed, including the requirement that constables may be asked to relocate within the province. It is likely that printing companies will prepare informative brochures, and customized memo pads for note taking during the meetings.

In addition the OPP will be using social media to reach out to the public. It will be possible to experience an officer ride-along on Twitter, or to learn about successful women on the police force by logging onto Facebook.

Currently, the Ontario Provincial Police has about 6,000 officers, with 1,500 of these men and women located in Southwestern Ontario. Several hundred new recruits are expected to be hired by 2020.