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Journal Pioneer - 2021-11-24

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P.E.I. renews partnership with Atlantic Police Academy

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SLEMON PARK, P.E.I. P.E.I. has renewed its partnership with the Atlantic Police Academy to continue offering subsidized correctional services training. In a Nov. 19 release, the province said it will once again offer Islanders the opportunity to pursue a career in correctional services through the academy. The five-month correctional services program will provide 12 students with skills and knowledge in intervention and de-escalation strategies, crisis management, Canadian law, ethics and professionalism, workplace health and safety and topics specific to correctional services. The program will include 15 weeks of course work and seven weeks of on-the-job training at Island correctional centres, beginning Feb. 14, 2022. The Atlantic Police Academy reserved two of the 12 positions for BIPOC students as requested by the Department of Justice and Public Safety. The two students will receive a full subsidy of $8,500 and the other 10 students will receive a 70 per cent subsidy through the Canada-P.E.I. Labour Market Development Agreement and Workforce Development Agreement. “It is especially important to us to make sure people from racialized, gender diverse and underrepresented populations have this opportunity," said Justice Minister Bloyce Thompson. “Having representation among correctional staff can make a real difference in the rehabilitation process of those in custody. This program is a step in the right direction to ensure the facilities better reflect the population it serves.” Students who complete the program will be offered a position at either the Provincial Correctional Centre or Prince County Correctional Centre. Those interested in applying to the accelerated program can submit their application online or to acotp@ gov.pe.ca until Dec. 13.

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