TIMMINS — Experienced officers willing to join the Timmins Police Service in the next few months are being offered a $30,000 recruitment incentive.
The Timmins Police Services Board has released its recruitment incentives, which also include covering the cost of tuition to attend the Ontario Police College (OPC).
For months, the board has been actively working with the Timmins Police Association on the initiatives. The board is also focusing on programs to retain current staff.
While the department's full complement is 96 officers, earlier this month Chief Dan Foy said there are currently about 80 officers.
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“These incentives form part of an investment in community safety. We are actively looking for new and experienced officers to join our organization," said Chief Dan Foy in the news release.
"Located in Northern Ontario, Timmins is a city that boasts unique opportunities for those seeking an affordable quality of life and a chance to make positive contributions within the community. With its rich history, vibrant cultural diversity, and stunning nature, Timmins is a destination that offers much more than just a place to live.”
The experienced officer incentive offers a $30,000 recruitment incentive for all officers with at least three years of experience from a recognized Canadian police service who apply and join the Timmins Police from March 7 to May 15, 2023.
For new officers who join the Timmins Police between March 7, 2023, and Dec. 21, 2024, if they graduate from OPC in 2023 or 2024, they will receive a one-time payment equal to their OPC tuition fees.
“On behalf of the board, our goal is to support our officers by providing incentives to ensure that new front-line officers can be within our ranks as soon as possible," said board chair Kraymr Grenke in the release.
"We want to thank the Timmins Police Association for their continued openness to meeting and discussing these incentives with the Board and administration on this program. We all understand that consistent and reliable policing services is one of the most important core municipal services provided to the citizens of Timmins. The Timmins Police Services Board, through its members, is fully committed to providing a dependable service for our community and a rewarding, positive career for our employees."
The cost of the program is not included in the announcement.
However, at a budget meeting last week, Coun. Steve Black, who sits on the police services board, said that the police are planning to use any potential savings in their budget to pay for the recruitment and retention efforts.
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