In response to concerns about understaffing, burnout, and mental health. Premier Doug Ford announced the hiring of 200 additional officers for the Ontario Provincial Police.
Premier Ford said as the province recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, officers must have the tools they need to do their job and stay healthy while doing it.
“That’s why our government is putting more boots on the ground to crack down on the criminals who would rob families and individuals of the chance to rebuild their lives during this very difficult period,” Ford said.
The hiring of new officers builds on a report by the OPP Independent Review Panel, which was tasked with studying the workplace culture of the provincial police service. The panel issued 66 recommendations, of which 48 are being implemented.
By: Mike McDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter