New crop of correctional officers graduate from ‘modernized’ Mohawk College program
Published October 14, 2022 at 3:31 pm
The Ontario government officially recognized 98 new correctional officer graduates from Mohawk College in Hamilton.
The revamped corrections program at Mohawk is part of the province’s $500 million investment over five years to modernize adult correctional services.
“I applaud every graduate for choosing a rewarding career in corrections and salute them for their contribution,” said solicitor general Michael Kerzner. “Correctional officers are vital public safety partners who make a difference to our communities on the frontlines of the justice system.”
Graduates completed the eight-week correctional officer training program, delivered virtually by Mohawk. In-person training was led by the Corrections Centre for Professional Advancement and Training.
Under the modernized program, all recruits received training with enhanced instruction in communication and de-escalation techniques. The curriculum also focused on anti-Black racism, Indigenous cultural training, and inmate management techniques. There are also three Francophone recruits in this cohort.
Correctional officer graduates will be assigned to 17 different institutions across Ontario based on their home regions:
- Seven graduates will support the Eastern Region at the Central East Correctional Centre and Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre.
- 27 will support the Western Region at the Central North Correctional Centre, Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre, Sarnia Jail and South West Detention Centre.
- 26 graduates will work in the Northern Region at the Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre, Fort Frances Jail, Kenora Jail, Monteith Correctional Complex, Sudbury Jail, Thunder Bay Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
- 24 will work in the Toronto Region at Toronto East Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre.
- 14 will support the Central Region at the Maplehurst Correctional Complex and Vanier Centre for Women.