The Toronto Police College is committed to providing training excellence and continuous learning opportunities to support both the Mission, Vision and Values of the Service and the unique and diverse needs of the citizens we serve.
The Toronto Police College is a collaborative training facility that works in partnership with community and educational partners to continuously improve training; providing training courses starting with new recruits all the way through to the senior manager level.
Currently, at the Toronto Police College, there are 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 6 sections, each with their own section head:
This section is comprised of the Administration, First Aid and Occupational Health and Safety training sections.
The Administrative section oversees all clerical support, management of training records, as well as unit budget management and facility maintenance.
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
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.
The Community Policing 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.
All new members of the Service will receive training in the area of Equity, Inclusion and Human Rights, Ethics, Professionalism, Customer Service, Diversity, Community Mobilization, Crime Prevention, and Crime Prevention Thorough Environmental Design (CPTED).
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.
This section also provides training and support for all users of the Toronto Police Service records management system Versadex.
Incident Response Training Section:
The Incident Response Training Section is the largest section in the College. It includes training in the essential skills that officers use on a daily basis. Emphasis is placed on providing officers with the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively negotiate a variety of circumstances when responding to calls for service.
This section is responsible for delivering recruit, annual refresher and officer safety training to both frontline and non-frontline personnel. Interactive discussion and practical exercises are overseen by highly trained teams of officers dedicated to delivering quality training. Emphasis is placed on best practices, de-escalation, communication and critical decision making.
The goal of the Incident Response Training Section is to ensure Service members are provided with the requisite advanced training methods to allow for positive outcomes when engaging with all members of the communities we serve.
This Investigative Training section provides criminal, investigative and provincial statute training to members 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.
A trauma informed approach to investigations is emphasised and resources for victims are explored in detail (internal and external), often including lectures from academic experts, Assistant Crown Attorneys, survivors of crime, members of the community, and Toronto Police Service experts; this better enables officers to support victims, witnesses, and the community, while ensuring the investigation meets the highest professional standard.
Training material is regularly reviewed, compared to case law and incorporates recommendations made by the Toronto Police Services Board, Toronto Police Command, and Judicial decisions, ensuring that a non-biased, trauma informed investigation occurs. Further, learners are continuously evaluated during their training to ensure they have met the standard set to obtain certification.
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.
Learning Development and Standards:
The Learning Development & Standards Section is staffed by a cadre of uniform instructors and Equity Inclusion and Human rights curriculum subject matter experts who work in consultation with both internal and external stakeholders, including but limited to; the Toronto Police College Community Advisory Panel for Training (C.A.P.F.T.), Anti-Racism Advisory Panel, Mental Health and Addiction Advisory Panel, City of Toronto Anti-Black Racism Unit as well as the Black, Indigenous, Muslim, 2S+LGBTQ, Persons with Disabilities Community Consultative Committees to advance all training through an equity, inclusion and human rights lens.
This section is responsible for e-Learning through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, trainer accreditation, adult education certification, conferences, the Standing Committee on Training and Education (SCOTE), Leadership on-boarding, Day-1 In-Service Training, and the Body Worn Camera training. Additionally this section assists with the development of in-house videos and is a member 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.
Police Vehicle Operations 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.
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Unit Commander: Superintendent Francisco Barredo