Ontario Provincial Police department looking for tech-minded grads to join the force

Ian Hardy

January 20, 2016 12:37pm

Smartphones, tablets, wearables, and drones are increasingly becoming part of our daily lives, and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) realizes that in order to keep up, and potentially stay ahead, it needs to hire more tech-minded individuals.

The OPP has decided to hold a job fair designed to specifically target new tech grads who could eventually be hired as frontline police constables. The OPP is limiting attendance to 50 people and those selected will discuss the role of how tech can be used to fight crime in Ontario.

OPP Sergeant Peter Leon said of the move, “Technology is advancing and we are looking for people who have the skills that can help us advance into the future as well. Back in 1988 when I became a police officer everything was done on paper… [today] the OPP is using unmanned aerial vehicles that are taking not only photographic images, but with the software that’s available, [recreating] collision scenes. It’s all based on software, where back a number of years ago you were literally with a piece of paper and a pencil doing mathematical calculations.”

The job fair will happen on March 5th at Sheridan College in Brampton, and the OPP says this is a “once in a lifetime opportunity”

  • MoYeung

    Does it include cyber bullying?

  • Scrolling through the articles here, my eyes caught this picture. The angle of the picture makes that officer look like she’s 4 feet tall 😛

    • Roger

      the Suburban in the background helps that as well 🙂

    • dirtyKIMCHI

      That looks more like a Ford Explorer/Ford Police Interceptor Utility.

    • Roger

      I doubt it. Explorer Interceptors aren’t high enoughto have running boards. And the squared off wheel well points to a Suburban/Tahoe too me.

    • MoYeung

      Photoshop composite pic

    • Ipse

      Can’t have everything….smart, tech-savvy cops ARE 4 ft tall 🙂

  • Elton Bello

    Must be a drone pic

  • h2oflyer

    The OPP aerial division is expanding. Drone operators desperately needed. Surveillance is next.

  • EllSee

    The OPP needs to be careful here. Recruiting people who know about tools and technology, is good. But those same people need to also understand fundamental theory and not just use those tools and see them as a black box. Just because I know how to use software doens’t make me a good investigator. If I don’t understand the methods or how calculations are done, then how can I interpret the results? e.g., if I know how to type 1 + 1 into excel and it spits out 3 and I accept it because I don’t know basic math.