Policing in Ontario

Discover the roles, standards and responsibilities of police services in Ontario and their work to ensure the safety of our communities.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

About the OPP, including crime prevention, traffic safety, investigations and specialized response teams.

Street checks

Learn when and how a street check (also known as carding) can be done.

Major Case Management

Learn about the approach police use to investigate and solve serious crimes.

Police services boards

Information on police services boards and how to become a provincially-appointed board member.

Police record checks

Learn about the role of this independent civilian oversight agency and the public complaints process.

Office of the Independent Police Review Director

Learn about the role of this independent civilian oversight agency and the public complaints process.

Careers and training

Police constable selection

Learn how we determine the suitability of police constable applicants in Ontario.

Police training

About the Ontario Police College and its goals for training police in Ontario.

Community safety initiatives

Ontario’s guns, gangs and violence reduction strategy

Learn about the work being undertaken to support communities in their fight against gun and gang violence.

Grant programs

Find grant programs that support local and provincial community safety priorities.

Ontario Sex Offender Registry

How the Ontario Sex Offender Registry assists police in preventing and solving crimes of a sexual nature and enhances public safety.

Community safety and well-being planning

How we work with municipalities, police and community partners to address local crime and complex social issues such as mental health and addictions, gun and gang violence, human trafficking and hate-motivated crimes.

Mandatory blood testing

How to apply for a mandatory blood test if you have been exposed to serious diseases.

Reports and publications

Updated: November 22, 2021
Published: November 04, 2021