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Training Unit

“Every other unit serves the community, whereas we get to serve our Officers”

Every Police Officer in Ontario attends the Ontario Police College (OPC) for their initial training. On-going training in compliance with the Police Services Act (to be replaced by the Community Safety and Policing Act on April 1, 2024), as well as annual re-certifications are handled by individual police services.

The Kingston Police Training Unit provides initial training to new recruits before they attend the OPC, as well as supplementary training upon their return. The Training Unit is also tasked with teaching and re-certifying all officers in the various skills they need to perform their duties.

The training includes:

  • Firearms
  • Immediate rapid deployment
  • First-aid
  • Defensive tactics
  • De-escalation techniques
  • CEW (Conducted Energy Weapon or Taser)
  • Oleo Capsicum (OC), or pepper spray
  • Baton
  • Departmental procedures pertaining to the Ontario Public-Police Interactions Training
  • Mental health training

Other duties include:

  • Servicing and maintaining all issued firearms, CEW’s and OC
  • Training Special Constables
  • Managing professional development opportunities for all officers including senior command
  • Implementing training for large-scale exercises to practice high risk scenarios
  • Liaising with OPC and the Canadian Police College on new training practices and opportunities

The Training Unit is comprised of experienced and highly trained officers who have passed Provincial certifications to become instructors. Drawing on their experiences, they create realistic scenarios to test and develop officers’ knowledge, skills, and abilities throughout their entire career.

Do you have what it takes?

Successful applicants to the Training Unit should have expertise in many areas including firearms, CEW, baton, defensive tactics, and strategic communications. They must be prepared to build upon their skill set as well as learn and disseminate new legislation, and policy and procedures.

It is also important that training officers be highly proficient in, and have a passion for, instructing and training both ‘rookies’ and ‘seasoned veterans’.  

Interested in becoming an officer with Kingston Police? Visit our recruitment website and learn more about this challenging and rewarding career.

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