If you’ve ever thought about a career in policing, officers with the North West Region OPP say now is the time to apply.

Regional Recruitment Officer Erin Huckell explains the OPP will be hosting an information session to become an OPP officer tonight at 5 p.m. at the Kenora OPP detachment, located at 1125 Highway 17.

“We’ll be doing an information session, letting everyone know what is required to be a provincial police officer. Uniform recruitment will be there to answer any questions. We’ll go there all of the stages of the application.”

Huckell notes the OPP is searching for members across the region – as well as for the Kenora community.

“Right now, the North West Region is definitely in need, especially with the OPP amalgamation in Dryden. We’re definitely going to need a lot of officers in the very near future. If you want to stay in the north, we’re definitely geared to keep you in the north.”

Minimum qualifications include:

- Minimum of 18 years of age,
- Canadian citizen or permanent resident,
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent,
- Class “G” drivers license with full driving privilege’s and no more than 6 demerit points,
- No criminal record in which a pardon has not been received,
- Certified in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C,
- Physically fit,
- Willing to serve anywhere in Ontario,

As well as Uniform members, Huckell says the OPP is also actively hiring Auxiliary officers and Civilian positions within the detachment as well.

“A police officer is really a career within a career,” adds Huckell. “You have to come in and do your years on the road, get a good grasp on front-line policing, but then we have marine patrol, four-wheelers, snowmachines, helicopters, underwater search and rescue...there’s so many options that you can do with the OPP.”

Detachment Commander and Inspector of the Kenora OPP, Jeff Duggan, notes it’s great to get people interested in a policing career as early as possible to allow people more time to prepare and get their certifications and requirements in order, as the process can take up to a year to complete.