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Offender Transportation Program

Mandate: “Safe ~ Secure ~ On Time”

History

The Offender Transportation Program of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was formed in 2001. It is responsible for the transportation of male and female, adult and young offenders, between secure institutions and the courts, on behalf of municipal police services and the Ontario Provincial Police.

The Offender Transportation Program is a cooperative between the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the OPP, municipalities, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

The “Safe, Secure, and On-Time" policy of the Offender Transportation Program ensures that offenders are in court as required and assists the justice system to meets its mandate.

The Offender Transportation Program consists of nine Units located in 5 areas province-wide, and employs over 150 Offender Transport Officers.  OPP Offender Transport Officers are appointed as special constables, and have training in first aid, use-of-force, radio procedures, and professional driving.

Units are located in Ottawa, North Bay, Lindsay, Cobourg, Penetanguishene, Milton, Burlington, Simcoe and London.  The OPP coordinates the administration and operation of the Program through a centralized Office located in Orillia, Ontario.


Recruitment

Permanent vacancies will be posted on the GoJobs Website.

In order to be considered for an Offender Transport Officer position, you should meet the minimum qualifications as listed below:

• Canadian citizen or permanent resident
For those who are new to Canada, in order to meet the conditions of appointment to the OPP, a candidate must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant or a permanent resident of Canada and be legally entitled to work in this country. If you do not meet this basic condition of appointment, you may wish to visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada for further information. There you will find information on immigration and working in Canada.

• Minimum 18 years of age

• Class ‘G’ driver’s license with full driving privileges and no more than 6 demerit points
The nature of the Offender Transport Officer position requires that you possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s licence with full driving privileges and that your driving record shows a past respect for the laws.  An Offender Transport Officer’s duties require substantial driving ability. If your driving has been limited, it may be to your advantage to gain more experience before submitting your application. Having a driving history that indicates care and prudence is to your benefit. Do not submit your application until your driving demerit point accumulation is six (6) or less. Ontario applicants may determine their current demerit point accumulation by submitting a minimal fee to the Ministry of Transportation. To learn more about obtaining driving records, please visit the Ministry of Transportation: Drivers and Vehicles: Driver Licensing section of their website.

• No criminal record for which a pardon has not been received or an absolute/conditional discharge that has not been sealed
You must obtain a pardon if you have been convicted of a criminal offence. Documentary proof of pardons may be required for applicants advancing to the final selection phase. Information concerning pardons is available from any office of the National Parole Board in Canada. You may also call toll-free at 1-800-874-2652.


If you have ever been found guilty of a criminal offence and been discharged. absolutely or on conditions, the records must be sealed by the R.C.M.P. If the discharge was ordered prior to July 24, 1992, and a pardon has NOT be granted, you will have to apply to the R.C.M.P. to have the records sealed. If ordered AFTER July 24, 1992, records are sealed automatically after ONE (1) year in the case of an absolute discharge, and after THREE (3) years in the case of a conditional discharge.

• Certified in First-Aid and C.P.R.

• Fluency in English
Although the O.P.P. solicits applicants with multiple language abilities including both official languages, pre-applicant upgrading or training will be necessary for those not fully fluent in oral and written English language skills.

• Ability to pass credit, background and investigation checks

• Ability to pass a fitness appraisal test
The fitness appraisal tests flexibility, muscular endurance, and aerobic conditioning. The tests involve: push-ups, trunk forward flexion, curl-ups and one of four aerobic fitness tests: 1.5 mile run, modified Canadian Aerobic Fitness Test (m.C.A.F.T.), the 20-metre Shuttle Run, or the Astrand Submaximal Cycle Test. For more information about the fitness appraisal test, please refer to the guidelines available here.