(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.
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