Ontario Provincial Police
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Who we are

The Ontario Provincial Police is one of North America's largest deployed police services with more than 5,800 uniformed officers, 2,400 civilian employees and 830 Auxiliary officers. We provide essential services that ensure the safety and security of the people of the Province of Ontario.

The OPP is a division of the Ministry of the Solicitor General, the largest operational ministry in the province with a presence in every community across Ontario. We are the largest police service in Ontario and the second largest in Canada.



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Our Vision

Safe Communities... A Secure Ontario

Our Mission

To serve our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety.

Our Values

Serving with PRIDE, PROFESSIONALISM and HONOUR.

Interacting with RESPECT, COMPASSION and FAIRNESS.

Leading with INTEGRITY, HONESTY and COURAGE.

Our History

The OPP was founded in 1909 and has spent over a century serving the people of the Province of Ontario.

Did you know...

  • Many early detachments had only one officer, who routinely relied on his wife to cook for the prisoners, type his reports, and answer the phone.
  • The OPP patrolled the roads on motorcycle until 1941, when the first marked cars for regular patrol use were purchased.
  • The first women to serve as full police constables joined in 1974, forever changing the face of policing.
  • The first laser ever used by police to detect fingerprint evidence was introduced to the world by the OPP in 1977.

These are only a few of the highlights in a unique history that mirrors the development of a province. Visit the OPP Museum website to learn more about our proud policing history.

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