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The Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) is the provincial police force for the province of Ontario, Canada. Image File history File links Logo of the Ontario Provincial Police File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages English Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total...

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Overview

OPP Tactical Rescue Unit member during April 20 raid at Caledonia.
OPP Tactical Rescue Unit member during April 20 raid at Caledonia.

The OPP is responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in small rural and suburban areas, outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). In essence, it is responsible for policing villages, towns, and cities that do not have their own municipal police service. It also has a mandate to investigate province-wide crimes and responsible for many of the waterways in the province. Image File history File links Police_raid_protest_april_20_06. ... Image File history File links Police_raid_protest_april_20_06. ... The Greater Toronto Area (called the GTA by local residents) is the largest metropolitan area in Canada. ...


Within the Greater Toronto Area, it is responsible for highway safety along the 400-Series Highways and other roadways. The OPP is the largest police force in Ontario and the second largest in Canada. It partners with the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) in enforcement initiatives aimed at cracking down on unsafe vehicles on the 400 series roads as well as occasionally providing operational support to Ministry of Natural Resourse (MNR) Conservation Officers. The 400-series Highway network in Southern Ontario. ...


The OPP is also responsible for security at the provincial legislature or Queen's Park in Toronto, Ontario. Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ...


History

OPP Headquarters
OPP Headquarters

At the First Parliament of Upper Canada on September 17, 1792, at Niagara-on-the-Lake, provision was made for the formation of a 'police system'. Initially, policing jurisdictions were limited to districts, townships, and parishes. In 1877, ten years after Confederation, the Constables' Act extended jurisdiction and gave designated police members authorization to act throughout the province. The first salaried Provincial Constable appointed to act as Detective for the Government of Ontario was John Wilson Murray. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1929 KB)The OPP Headquarters, photo taken by myself and released under the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 1929 KB)The OPP Headquarters, photo taken by myself and released under the public domain. ... Map of Upper Canada (orange) Upper Canada was a British territory in what is now the Canadian province of Ontario. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years). ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Categories: Canada geography stubs | Ontario communities | Coastal towns of Canada ...


With the discovery of gold and silver in Northern Ontario, lawlessness increased. Consequently, on October 13, 1909, an Order-In-Council decreed the establishment of a permanent organization of salaried constables designated as The Ontario Provincial Police. It consisted of 45 men under the direction of Superintendent Joseph E. Roger. The starting salary for constables was $400.00 per annum. The first O.P.P. detachment was located in Bala, Ontario. October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Bala is a rural cottage country town in the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada, with a twin city in the United Kingdom, Bala, Wales. ...


In 1921, restructuring was undertaken. The title of the commanding officer was changed to Commissioner. Major-General Henry M. Cawthra-Elliot was appointed as the first Commissioner. Gwen M. Boniface, the current O.P.P. Commissioner, took office in May 1998, succeeding Thomas O'Grady. She recently stepped down and former Toronto Police Chief Julian Fantino has since taken over. O.P.P. Commissioner Gwen M. Boniface. ...


Motorcycles were introduced in 1930 and the first patrol car in 1944.


During World War II, the Veterans Guard was formed. This was a body of volunteers (primarily World War I veterans), who, under the supervision of regular police members, protected vulnerable hydro-electric plants and the Welland Ship Canal. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... Combatants Allied Powers: British Empire France Italy Russia United States Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Commanders Ferdinand Foch Georges Clemenceau Joseph Joffre Victor Emmanuel III Luigi Cadorna Armando Diaz Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Herbert Henry Asquith Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Wilhelm II Paul... Welland Canal The Welland Canal is a ship canal that runs 43. ...


Women joined the uniform ranks in 1974.


In 1985, the O.P.P. uniform was made more distinctive with the introduction of a blue trouser stripe to match a blue peak cap band.


In 1995, General Headquarters moved into its new facility in Orillia and for the first time in the history of the organization, all Bureaus were in one building. The Welcome sign to Orillia Orillia, pronounced ōrĭlēə, is a city located in Simcoe County in south-central Ontario, Canada, on Lake Couchiching. ...


Organization

O.P.P. Police Interceptor Cruiser
O.P.P. Police Interceptor Cruiser

Today the province is divided into six O.P.P. regions (Central, Greater Toronto, East, North-East, North-West and West), responsible for providing policing services over 993,000 km² of land and 174,000 km² of water to a population of 2.3 million people (3.6 million in the summer months). Currently, the O.P.P. has over 5,300 uniformed and 2,300 civilian personnel. The vehicle fleet consists of 2,290 vehicles, 114 marine vessels, 286 snow and all-terrain vehicles, 2 helicopters and 1 fixed-wing aircraft. ImageMetadata File history File links Opp_cruiser. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Opp_cruiser. ...


The OPP Headquarters are located at 777 Memorial Avenue in Orillia. Recruits attend the Ontario Police College in Aylmer, Ontario and then complete their training at OPP facilities in Orillia. OPP HQ moved from the Lakeshore Boulevard West and Bay Street site in Toronto, Ontario in 1995. The Ontario Police College (OPC) is located just east of Aylmer, Ontario, in the farm rich area of South Western Ontario. ... Aylmer, Ontario is a town in Elgin County in southern Ontario, Canada, just north of Lake Erie, on Catfish Creek. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Rank

Rank Structure within the OPP is paramilitary or quasi-military in nature, with several 'non-commissioned' ranks leading to the 'officer' ranks. Contrary to popular belief, the Detective ranks fall laterally with the uniform ranks, not a promotion above.

  • Cadet - A special placement for those attempting to become full time OPP. It is not an official first rank, as initial Constables are not Cadets first.
  • Constable (Detective Constable) - Beginning from 4th Class up to 1st Class (for payscale only), this is the common rank of the OPP.
  • Senior Constable - This rank is no longer used within the OPP.
  • Sergeant (Detective Sergeant)(Traffic Sergeant)
  • Staff Sergeant (Detective Staff Sergeant)(Traffic Staff Sergeant)
  • Sergeant Major (Highest 'non-commissioned' rank)
  • Inspector (Detective Inspector)
  • Superintendent
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Provincial Commander
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Commissioner - this is the title of the head of the force
An OPP cruiser showing reflective decals as it passes on night patrol.
An OPP cruiser showing reflective decals as it passes on night patrol.

The OPP has among its many initiatives an auxiliary program designed especially for citizens interested in getting first-hand experience in the organization. It is a volunteer program where selected citizens receive special training in order to assist provincial constables in their duty. It also serves as a stepping stone for potential future employment with the OPP. The O.P.P. Auxiliary has 830 volunteers and is the largest police auxiliary unit in Canada. Image File history File links OPPatNightInAuroraON.png Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File links OPPatNightInAuroraON.png Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... A CISCO Security auxiliary police officer stands guard beside an armoured truck while his colleagues deliver high-valued goods to and from commercial clients at Raffles Place, Singapore. ... One Brick volunteers help at a soup kitchen. ... A program or programme (in management) has at least two senses: A collection of projects that is directed toward a common goal. ...


OPP police stations are referred to as Detachments.


Only three provinces in Canada, including Ontario, have their own police forces: Newfoundland and Labrador (Royal Newfoundland Constabulary) and Quebec (Sûreté du Québec) are the others. Motto: Quaerite Prime Regnum Dei (Latin: Seek ye first the kingdom of God) Official languages English Flower Pitcher Plant Tree Black Spruce Bird Atlantic Puffin Capital St. ... RNC crest RNC patch The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is the provincial police force of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Official languages French Flower Blue Flag Iris (Iris versicolor Linné) Tree Yellow Birch Bird Snowy Owl Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Lieutenant-Governor Lise Thibault Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Parliamentary representation  - House seat  - Senate seats 75 24 Area Total  - Land  - Water  (% of... The Sûreté du Québec or SQ (meaning Quebec security or safety, but usually translated as Quebec Provincial Police or Force) is the provincial police force of Quebec. ...


A list of Superintendents of the OPP:

  • 1. Superintendent Joseph E. Roger 1909-?

A list of Commissioners of the OPP:

1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... O.P.P. Commissioner Gwen M. Boniface. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Julian Fantino, O.Ont Julian Fantino O.Ont, C.O.M. (born 1942 in Vendoglio, Italy) was Torontos Chief of Police from 2000 to 2005, and is currently Ontarios Commissioner of Emergency Management. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Beatles folklore

The 1967 Beatles Album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, contains cover art with Paul McCartney wearing an OPP badge on his fictional uniform (more easily seen in the gatefold picture). The badge was given to John Lennon the day after their 1966 concert in Toronto by a student working for the summer at the OPP Headquarters’ garage when The Beatles were transferred to a police van for the trip to the airport. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, (born 18 June 1942, Liverpool) is an English singer and songwriter. ... A gatefold cover or gatefold LP is a form of packaging for LP records which was popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...


Many "Paul Is Dead" enthusiasts have misread the patch as "OPD" (the way the patch was slightly bent on McCartney's sleeve in the gatefold picture, the bottom of the "P" was not visible) and took it to mean "Officially Pronounced Dead." Paul McCartney Dead: The Great Hoax, a magazine reporting on the rumors concerning McCartney. ...


OPP in Other Pop Culture

Canadian rock musician Kim Mitchell regularly wore a baseball cap with the O.P.P. logo on it. Kim Mitchell in the Toronto based Q107 radio booth, displeased at having his photo taken. ... A baseball cap worn with the bill at the front, shading the eyes A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a long, stiffened and curved peak and it is worn by men, women and children. ...


Fleet

The OPP's first squad car.
The OPP's first squad car.
Latest color scheme signifies switch back to the traditional OPP livery.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 886 KB)The first squad car of the Ontario Provincial Police at the 2006 Canadian International Autoshow. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 886 KB)The first squad car of the Ontario Provincial Police at the 2006 Canadian International Autoshow. ... Image File history File links OPPB&W.jpg‎ http://www. ... Image File history File links OPPB&W.jpg‎ http://www. ... For the Police Interceptor version used by law enforcement, see Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Anniversary badge on a 2003 Harley-Davidson The Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HOG) is an American manufacturer of motorcycles based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... The Aerospatiale Corvette first flew in 1970 and went into service in 1974. ... Categories: Aircraft stubs | Corporation stubs | U.S. aircraft manufacturers ... Chevrolet (IPA: ʃɛv. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on vehicle sales in 2005. ... 2006 Dodge Charger SE The Dodge Charger, in its current incarnation, is a rear-wheel drive full-size automobile built by the DaimlerChrysler corporation for its North American Dodge brand. ...

Contact phone numbers

1-888-310-1122 will get you the closest O.P.P. from anywhere in Ontario.
*677 (star O.P.P) gets you the closest O.P.P. but does not work with all cell phone companies.


See also

Seargent Cam Woolley is a police officer with the Ontario Police Force in the Greater Toronto Area. ...

External links

  • Ontario Provincial Police Website
  • Road Watch, was started by the Caledon, Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
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