Ontario removes basic constable training tuition fees at police college

Canada Global (Web News) In an effort to place more police officers in communities, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is extending enrollment and removing tuition fees for the basic constable training programme at the Ontario Police College.

The expense of providing free tuition to recruits has not been made public by the government.

The basic constable training programme will now accommodate up to 550 recruits, according to the province, and there will be four cohorts annually starting in 2016 rather than only three.

The need for post-secondary education to become a police officer will likewise be abolished in Ontario.

Ford claims that additional “boots on the ground” are needed to combat what he terms an increase in crime.

The actions, according to the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, will aid in the recruitment of new police personnel for police departments.

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