In 1974, the OPP became the first deployed police force in Canada to recruit, train, equip and assign women to perform the same duties as their male counterparts at equal remuneration. The Provincial Police academy at Brampton provides force training, and the OPP operates such specialized units as anti-rackets, intelligence, security, canine, underwater, helicopter, computer services, tactics and rescue, marine, auxiliary police, technical identification and Indian policing. Air patrols serve the remote communities of northern Ontario. Since 1964, the ranking officers of the OPP have been granted the Queen's Commission.
Author DAHN D. HIGLEY
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Rose Fortune and Peter C. Butler III
Brief profiles of the first Canadian black law officers, Rose Fortune (1774-1864) and Peter C. Butler III (1859-1943.) From the Association of Black Law Enforcers. A PDF file.