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Ontario Provincial Police turn to online recruiting as retirements loom

Provincial police in northeastern Ontario say they're turning to the internet and social media to drive recruitment — and to inform the public about policing.

OPP will offer virtual ride-alongs, online and in-person information sessions

Provincial police say they're turning to social media and the internet to help drive recruitment efforts. (CBC)

Provincial police in northeastern Ontario say they're turning to the internet and social media to drive recruitment — and to inform the public about policing.

The police service in the northeast is expected to see a number of retirements in the next few years, said Insp. Bryan MacKillop, manager of OPP recruitment.

He said the service will use social media to try and attract people who may not have otherwise considered a career in policing.

"Over the next couple of years we're going to have hundreds and hundreds of officers retiring and northeastern Ontario is being hit pretty hard with our great number of retirements," MacKillop told CBC News.

"We're big proponents of recruiting from the north, for the north."

Virtual ride-alongs are slated to start online this week, and later in the month, information sessions will be held online and in person.

In addition, police are offering online mentoring sessions.

"We are trying to attract individuals who are reflective of whatever community they come from," MacKillop said.

"People who may advocate on our behalf, who may see us as an innovative creative and inclusive employer of choice."

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