OPP offering virtual ride-along to attract recruits

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OPP offering virtual ride-along to attract recruits

Postby Thomas » Tue Feb 02, 2016 8:15 pm

Provincial police offering virtual ride-along to attract recruits

The OPP is embarking on an “unprecedented” hiring spree, using social media and virtual ride-alongs to attract potential candidates.

“We will purposefully open the doors to the public, on a global scale, eliminate barriers to accessing what policing in the OPP is about, and invite the best qualified candidates to come serve our communities by joining a police service which is second to none,” said Insp. Bryan MacKillop, director of OPP recruitment.

The OPP said it will be on a hiring spree for the “foreseeable future” as it looks to replace hundreds of officers on the verge of retirement.

The police force said the situation offers a rare opportunity to enhance diversification and give people a taste of the OPP experience. They plan to do that with a “virtual outreach” through Twitter and Facebook.

It begins Wednesday with a virtual ride-along from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. The public will be able to follower an officer, from call to call, over Twitter.

On Feb. 10 there will be a “Breaking Barriers” live-stream with officers from different social and cultural backgrounds sharing experiences about their OPP careers.

On Feb. 17, Commissioner Vince Hawkes will give opening remarks to the live stream of a recruitment information session about what it takes to be a competitive candidate.

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OPP Use Social Media To Eliminate Barriers

Postby Thomas » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:36 am

(ORILLIA, ON) – As a result of hundreds of officers retiring, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will be hiring even more police officers than usual.

This presents a rare opportunity to enhance efforts at diversification by developing a virtual outreach and awareness strategy that is unique.

“We aren’t just looking for applicants who are interested in a policing career,” said Inspector Bryan MacKillop, Director of OPP Recruitment. “We are trying to link with individuals who know good people who are reflective of their communities, but for whatever reason, systemic, cultural, or otherwise have yet to consider policing as a career option.”

To help, the OPP Recruitment Unit has enhanced its social media platforms with an aim to educate candidates on methods of improving their competitiveness, and to attract anyone interested in professional development.

Starting with a virtual ride-along on Wednesday February 03, 2016, (between 6-11PM) the public is invited to follow an officer on patrol, call-by-call on Twitter;

On Wednesday February 10, 2016, a “Breaking Barriers” live-stream event will be hosted whereby OPP officers from varying social and cultural backgrounds will be sharing their experiences concerning every step of their OPP career and;

On Wednesday February 17, 2016, Commissioner Vince Hawkes will provide opening remarks to a live stream OPP Recruitment Information Session during which OPP Officers will discuss what it takes to be a competitive candidate.

All of these social media events will be live and interactive with viewers

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