On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice try­ing to col­lar B.C. re­cruits

The Province - - NEWS - CH­ERYL CHAN chchan@post­media.com twit­ter.com/cherylchan

The On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice are go­ing a long way to get their men — and women.

The OPP are in the mid­dle of a hir­ing spree, with plans to em­ploy 300 peo­ple over the next 18 months. Pre­vi­ous, out-of-prov­ince re­cruit­ment drives have fo­cused on Que­bec and Man­i­toba, but next week the OPP will be com­ing to B.C. for the first time to hire re­cruits.

“We are go­ing to have a lot of peo­ple re­tir­ing and need to fill those va­can­cies,” said OPP Act­ing Sgt. Sh­er­nett Wil­liams.

The pitch: The op­por­tu­nity to work any­where in On­tario and in a va­ri­ety of spe­cial units, such as the ca­nine squad, avi­a­tion ser­vices or foren­sic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“There’s about 150 dif­fer­ent jobs in polic­ing one per­son can do,” said Wil­liams. “It’s many ca­reers within one ca­reer.”

Aside from meet­ing min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tions — in­clud­ing be­ing at least 18 years old, with a Grade 12 diploma and no crim­i­nal record — Wil­liams said she’s keep­ing an eye out for lead­ers who are con­tin­u­ous learn­ers and ac­tive in vol­un­teer­ing.

The OPP are also look­ing to add more women and peo­ple from di­verse cul­tural back­grounds.

It has a train­ing salary of about $50,000 a year, which rises to $63,400 for pro­ba­tion­ary con­sta­bles, then up to $90,600 for first-class con­sta­bles.

It’s a higher pay­cheque than what an RCMP con­sta­ble re­ceives, mak­ing the OPP an ap­peal­ing em­ployer for those who want to work at a larger po­lice force. An RCMP con­sta­ble tops out at $82,110.

The Van­cou­ver po­lice may of­fer big­ger bucks (about $5,000 to $7,000 more com­pared with the OPP) and job perks like milder weather and sea and moun­tain views, but On­tario has an edge, at least out­side of Toronto: More af­ford­able hous­ing.

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