Ontario Police College

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The Ontario Police College (OPC) is located in Malahide Township
Malahide, Ontario
Malahide is a township in Elgin County, Ontario, Canada.-History:Malahide Township was named for Malahide Castle in Malahide, Ireland, birthplace of land grant administrator Colonel Thomas Talbot in 1810...

, just east of Aylmer
Aylmer, Ontario
Aylmer is a town in Elgin County in southern Ontario, Canada, just north of Lake Erie, on Catfish Creek. It is 20 km south of Highway 401...

, in Elgin County
Elgin County, Ontario
Elgin County is a county and census division of the Canadian province of Ontario with a current population of approximately 46,000. The county seat is St. Thomas.It consists of:*Town of Aylmer*Municipality of Bayham*Municipality of Central Elgin...

 in Southwestern Ontario
Southwestern Ontario
Southwestern Ontario is a subregion of Southern Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario, centred on the city of London. It extends north to south from the Bruce Peninsula on Lake Huron to the Lake Erie shoreline, and east to south-west roughly from Guelph to Windsor. The region had a population...

, Canada
Canada
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

.

Programs


With very rare exceptions, all Police Officer
Police officer
A police officer is a warranted employee of a police force...

s in Ontario, Canada attend the college for their 15 weeks program in order to receive their Basic Constables diploma. Once they have received the Diploma and after they have been sworn in as Peace Officers, they can then work in the Province of Ontario as Police Officers.

History


The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) proposed the idea of a central provincial police academy
Police academy
A police academy is a training school for new police recruits, also known as a law enforcement academy.-Australia:Larger police departments usually run their own academies. States often run a centralised academy for training of personnel of law enforcement agencies within the state.Police...

 in the early 1950s.

The Attorney General appointed an advisory committee on police training in 1959. The college was established in 1962 and offered its first classes beginning January 7, 1963. The college is built on the grounds of the former Royal Canadian Air Force Station Aylmer
RCAF Station Aylmer
RCAF Station Aylmer was a Royal Canadian Air Force training base that was established on July 3, 1941 just north-east of Aylmer, Ontario, Canada. It was one of many built across Canada under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan during World War II....

, which was constructed as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan
The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan , known in some countries as the Empire Air Training Scheme , was a massive, joint military aircrew training program created by the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, during the Second World War...

 during World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

. The college moved to its present facilities in 1976. The Ministry of the Solicitor General was responsible for the operations of the OPC in 1972. The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services is currently responsible for the operations of the OPC.

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