OPP AnnouncementPublished on August 20, 2020
Every day, Ontario’s police officers put their lives on the line to protect us and our families. The government has announced an investment of $25 million to hire 200 Ontario Provincial Police officers. This new investment will provide OPP frontline officers with the additional resources they need to better protect communities while safeguarding their own mental health and well-being.
These new frontline officers will fill vacancies where the need is greatest, in regions that are short staffed. This will provide much-needed support to the existing complement of officers and ensure public safety always comes first. Frontline police officers are leaders in their communities, and the government is determined to continue providing them with the supports, resources and tools they need to do their jobs.
The COVID-19 emergency and recovery is a reminder of how much we rely on frontline workers, and why we need to look after their mental health and well-being. This recruitment initiative responds to one of the key recommendations of the OPP Independent Review Panel’s final report to safeguard the health and wellness needs of the OPP workforce by addressing shortages in the workplace.
Established in April 2019 to examine the workplace culture at the OPP, the panel was also tasked with looking into how the force addresses issues of mental health, occupational stress injuries and suicide among its members and provide a series of recommendations. This new support also builds on Ontario's recent investment of $2.6 million to hire additional OPP psychologists and other mental health workers.This new hiring initiative is part of the continued steps our government is taking to improve the OPP’s workplace culture and support OPP personnel as they go above and beyond to serve and protect our communities.
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