Toronto Police College provides an array of training courses starting with new recruits all the way through to the senior managers.
A significant portion of the training we provide is mandated through legislation. In addition, we are proud of our accreditation by the Ministry of the Solicitor General for the specific design and delivery of several specialized courses. In order to address the needs of Toronto however, our training standards often exceed those that are recommended. This is done to address community concerns and to ensure that officers remain safe. Enhanced training also ensures that they have the skills they require to serve and protect the citizens of Toronto, which is consistent with our Service’s mission to make Toronto the best and safest place to be.
The Toronto Police College has many agreements and partnerships with other organizations. These include Guelph University and the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, as well as community safety partners at the Toronto Transit Commission, the Toronto Housing Authority, and the University of Toronto.
Currently, at the Toronto Police College, we have 23 classrooms, associated break-out rooms, 3 computer labs, two ranges, an auditorium, a gymnasium and a fitness centre.
The Toronto Police College is comprised of 7 sections, each with their own section head:
Armament: this section is responsible for setting, maintaining and approving firearms and tactical training standards for the Toronto Police Service. The duties of the section include a train the trainer function providing in-house instructor level firearms and tactical training to In-Service Training Instructors, specialized firearms and Squad advanced training for designated Service members. The Conducted Energy Weapons program is also the responsibility of the Armament Section and includes user and instructor level accreditation on this use of force option. The research, testing, inventory control and purchase of all the Service’s firearms, ammunition and related equipment are also the responsibility of this section.
Armament also encompasses the Use of Force Analyst who is responsible for the collection and analysis of all incidents involving Use of Force options including Conducted Energy Weapons and firearm discharges. These reports are intended to assist the Service in the regular review of its training courses and use of force policies.
Community Policing: this section is responsible for the delivery of basic training to all police recruits from the moment the recruit is hired as a cadet-in-training until the recruit is assigned to work in the field as a fully trained and sworn police constable. In addition to basic recruit training, this section is responsible for coach officer, lateral entry officer and auxiliary police officer recruit training.
The Community Policing section is also responsible for the delivery of training in areas of Human Rights, Ethics, Professionalism, Customer Service, Diversity, Community Mobilization, Crime Prevention, and Crime Prevention Thorough Environmental Design (CPTED).
The Physical Fitness Co-ordinators are attached to the Community Policing Section and are responsible for the physical fitness training of all new recruits. They are also responsible for the administration of the Ontario Physical Fitness Award program to existing members. The Fitness Co-ordinators plan, organize, develop and administer physical fitness programs for members of the Service.
The Community Policing section also includes the Toronto Police Service Wellness Team. The Wellness Team is made up of individuals with expertise in all areas of health and wellness, including fitness and nutrition, and they work diligently to share this expertise with all members of the Service.
Investigative Training: this section provides criminal, investigative and provincial statute training to officers serving in uniform and detective functions within the Toronto Police Service.
Specialized investigative training provides instruction in general investigative techniques, major case management, interviewing skills, plainclothes work, crime scene management and victim issues. More advanced training in specialized areas is also given to qualify officers to handle investigations involving sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, drugs and sudden deaths.
Provincial Statutes is a sub-unit of the Investigative section and provides students with an understanding of the law and how to apply it in the field in order to help maintain public order.
The Traffic Section, another sub-unit of the Investigative section, concentrates on training members in aspects of the Highway Traffic Act and Regulations, allowing students to be confident in their enforcement of the Highway Traffic Act, while policing their communities. The Traffic Section also offers instruction on motor vehicle collision reconstruction. Officers start the program at level one and move up to level three. Upon completion of their training, officers are designated as Reconstruction Officers. Reconstruction Officers are able to provide the courts with expert evidence with respect to motor vehicle collisions. Further, Operation Pipeline/Convoy trains officers in criminal interdiction in relation to traffic stops.
In-Service Training: this section encompasses training in the essential skills that officers use on a daily basis. Emphasis is placed on providing officers with a positive confidence building experience through the use of interactive discussion and practical exercises relevant to what they would experience in the line of duty.
The In-Service Training section is responsible for delivering annual refresher and officer safety training to both frontline and non-frontline personnel. These highly trained teams of officers are dedicated to delivering quality training that provides officers with the tools to de-escalate aggressive behaviour and to use sound judgment in selecting the most appropriate use of force option when confronted with violent behaviours. Training is provided in skills such as firearms, tactical communications, crisis resolution, and response to emotionally disturbed persons, dynamic scenario training involving the use of the indoor and outdoor practical training area.
This section is also responsible for providing training to specialized units with a plainclothes tactical course as well as training for booking hall officers; recruit training, court officers and auxiliary officers involving use of force training.
Leadership and Business Systems: this section provides is comprised of three subsections, which are responsible for three specific areas of training: leadership, business systems training, and first aid and occupational health and safety training.
Leadership instruction is focused in the areas of leadership, management principles, and professional development. To accredit much of the leadership development training, the Toronto Police Service has entered into a partnership agreement with Humber College and the University of Guelph Humber. Depending on the Service’s or candidates’ overall goals, members can attend courses offered by the Toronto Police College, Humber College, or the University of Guelph Humber. Leadership and management courses are delivered to newly promoted managers, sergeants, civilian supervisors, and senior officers. Shorter, refresher courses are also made available to these members. These courses enhance both the professional and personal development of the individual members.
The First Aid and Occupational Health and Safety sub-section coordinates training in Standard First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as part of the Service’s participation in the Cardiac Safe City Program. As well, members deliver training required by the Occupational Heath and Safety Act. This training provides instruction in the rights and duties of employers, supervisors, and employees to protect workers against health and safety hazards in the workplace.
The Business Systems sub-section is responsible for delivering information technology training on police software applications, financial systems, and administrative applications to all uniform and civilian members of the Service, including the new recruits. This sub-section is also responsible for the technical maintenance and inventory of the Police College, and second level technical support for the whole Service with respect to software application queries.
Learning Development and Standards: this section is responsible for e-learning, trainer accreditation, adult education, conferences, the Standing Committee on Training and Education (SCOTE), records coordination, field training supervisors (the Learning Network) and Quality Assurance.
E-learning responsibilities include the delivery of training materials and programs through electronic medium in a rich format, which is both easily accessible and manageable. This section manages e-learning materials and external contracts, co-develops broad based training, and self develops Toronto specific programs.
This section also manages contracts with Humber College and Brock University. Humber College enables full time trainers to obtain a certificate in Teaching Effectiveness. Brock University enables those involved in curriculum design to pursue a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education.
Through the Learning Network, timely and relevant training is provided to frontline officers, often through digital and print mediums by supervisors who are directly responsible for training at the unit level. This training is often delivered with the assistance of training videos. This section assists with the development of in-house videos and are members of the Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA).
Police Vehicle Operations: this section is responsible for delivering training on various modes of transportation, including police cars, motorcycles, all terrain vehicles and bicycles. The purpose of Police Vehicle Training is to advance the learner’s cognitive and psychomotor skills in driving. This training enhances driving skills required to operate a number of different types of vehicles in a safe manner considering the location and environment in which they are driven.
This section also provides specialized training in emergency driving. This training is designed to increase officer safety and reduce risk to the public through collision avoidance and pursuit driving training.
Police Vehicle Operations also delivers police vehicle driver training to Court Officers, Parking Enforcement Officers and other civilian members.