The primary purpose of the library is to support the training and research needs of
staff and students at the college and the sharing of information resources through
inter-library loans with the police community. The library collection consists of
approximately 13,800 volumes of books, law reports, government documents, over 200
journal titles, and on-line access to legal databases. Users now have web access to
the Online Public Catalog,
which contains a complete book collection, selected journal articles and audio-visual
The Ontario Police College(OPC) provides training designed to prepare police
officers to safely and effectively perform their duties, while meeting the needs
of Ontario's diverse communities.
Note: The OPC is a post-hire institution and does not offer services to the general
public. Individuals cannot apply directly to the Ontario Police College. Please
contact your local police service or the Ontario Provincial Police, who would be
pleased to assist you. If you are a member of a service or ministry interested in a
course, please inform your service or ministry manager, who will then make the request
to our Registration Office, if deemed appropriate. The primary clients of the OPC are
police and civilian members of all police services in Ontario, including municipal and
regional police services and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Other clients include
government employees from provincial and municipal enforcement agencies and clients
from other provinces and abroad.
The college has 165 full- and part-time employees including instructors, support and
seconded staff. The 45 permanent instructors are supplemented by police officers from
various police services, usually for two-year periods.
In the early 1950s, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) proposed the
idea of a central provincial police academy.
In 1959 the Attorney General appointed an advisory committee on police training and
in 1962 announced the formal establishment of the college. OPC offered its first
classes beginning January 7, 1963 in the temporary wartime training quarters of an
abandoned Royal Canadian Air Force base near Aylmer, Ontario. It was not until 1976
that the college moved to its present facilities at that site. The operations of the
OPC became the responsibility of the Ministry of the Solicitor General in 1972, now
the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
The Ontario Police College is situated on 121.5 hectares of rural land five kilometers
northeast of the town of Aylmer, Ontario, and 190 kilometers west of Toronto.
PO Box 1190
10716 Hacienda Road
Aylmer West ON N5H 2T2