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Minister Goodale Inaugurates the Correctional Service of Canada's new Training Academy
December 16, 2015 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Correctional Service Canada
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, joined Don Head, Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) representatives to officially open CSC’s new Training Academy at the RCMP Academy Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and a tour of the 3rd floor of the Academy featuring minimum-, medium- and maximum-security simulation areas. These areas allow CSC new recruits to learn through hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment, such as metal detectors, x-ray machines and electronic door systems.
The CSC Training Academy provides recruits with a comprehensive program that focuses on developing and evaluating the broad range of behavioural and technical competencies a CSC Correctional Officer needs. It also prepares the recruits to uphold CSC’s standards, marked by professionalism and excellence.
CSC’s new Training Academy spans two floors and includes minimum-, medium- and maximum-security simulation areas featuring cells, principal entrances and an inmate yard, as well as, classrooms, offices and a physical training area for staff.
CSC signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding with the RCMP to move into a new Training Academy within the Depot that can host up to 96 new CSC recruits and 20 staff.
CSC and the RCMP were recently awarded with the 2015 Real Property Institute of Canada Partnership Award for the work carried out at CSC’s new Training Academy. The award is presented annually in recognition of those who have engaged and promoted in partnerships of real property resulting in efficiencies and effectiveness.
“The official opening today of the new CSC training facility is a tribute to the solid working partnerships among all the agencies that make up the “Public Safety” portfolio – in this case, the CSC and the RCMP. Our approach to the safety and security of Canadians needs to be comprehensive, integrated and seamless, and that’s what we’re working to achieve.”
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“We are delighted to open CSC’s new Training Academy within the RCMP Training Academy Depot Division. It is important to have a dedicated place to learn, train and connect with others – a place that fosters confidence, pride and teamwork.”
Commissioner Don Head
Correctional Service of Canada
“The RCMP and Correctional Service Canada have a responsibility to help ensure the safety and security of all Canadians. Police officers and correctional officers share common values; we are guided by a commitment to keep people safe, and treat people with respect."
Commissioner Bob Paulson
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Correctional Service Canada
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Depot)
The new CSC Training Academy is located in the B Block within the RCMP Academy Depot Division. CSC occupies the 3rd and 4th floors of the building that was formerly a dormitory. CSC continues to share some designated spaces with the RCMP, such as dormitories, cafeteria, and firearms range.
3rd floor: Multi-purpose simulation spaces including minimum-, medium- and maximum-security units, a Secure Living Environment, inmate yard, and principal entrances. The simulation units include 42 cameras, speakers and PA systems, as well as electronic range door systems, metal detectors, and x-ray machines.
4th floor: Four classrooms, two boardrooms, one collaborative learning space, and several trainer, manager and administrative offices.
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