The Training and Career Development Unit falls under the authority of the Professional Standards Section and is located in the Operational Support Branch of the Chatham-Kent Police Service. This Unit consists of one full time Sergeant and five Constables that assist on a part-time basis in addition to their regular duties. The Sergeant is in charge of the administrative components, such training records and course assignments. The Constables are responsible for the hands-on training. They attended the Ontario Police College completing a one-week course on Effective Presentations and an intensive three-week Use of Force Training program. They are accredited Use of Force Trainers within the Province of Ontario.
Professional development consists of training that is mandated by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. This consists of firearms training, defensive tactics training, suspect apprehension pursuit training, police vehicle operations and attending classes at the Ontario Police College, the Canadian Police College and attending relevant conferences and seminars.
Personal development consists of enhancing the officer’s physical fitness by endorsing the Ontario Police Fitness Award Program and the Chatham-Kent Police Service Fitness Challenge. It also consists of enhancing the officer’s formal education through an education reimbursement program. There are numerous officers who have completed or who are working towards college diplomas, university degrees and graduate studies.
The Training and Career Development Unit has consistently improved the level of skills, ability and knowledge of the Chatham-Kent Police Service, supporting our mission statement – we are dedicated to making Chatham-Kent the safest community in Ontario.
The Training and Career Development Unit shares the Chatham-Kent Police Service’s philosophy of lifelong learning and promotes this through professional and personal development.