Ontario Provincial Police

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP; French: Police provinciale de l'Ontario) is the provincial police service of Ontario. Under its provincial mandate, the OPP patrols provincial highways and waterways, protects provincial government buildings and officials, patrols unincorporated areas, and provides support to other agencies. The OPP also has a number of local mandates through contracts with municipal governments, where it acts as the local police force and provides front-line services.

Ontario Provincial Police
Police provinciale de l'Ontario
Heraldic badge of the OPP
Shoulder flash of the OPP
OPP flag
MottoSafe Communities, A Secure Ontario
Agency overview
Formed13 October 1909; 111 years ago (1909-10-13)[1]
Employees5,500 uniformed officers
700 auxiliary officers
2,500 civilian employees[2]
Annual budget$1,162,690,448 (CAD), 2019–2020 operating expenses
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionOntario, Canada
Governing bodyMinistry of the Solicitor General
Constituting instrument
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters777 Memorial Avenue
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
minister responsible
Agency executive

With an annual budget of nearly $1.2 billion,[5] the OPP employed 5,500 uniformed officers, 700 auxiliary officers, and 2,500 civilian employees in 2020,[2] making it the largest police service in Ontario and the second-largest in Canada (after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). The OPP's operations are directed by its commissioner (Thomas Carrique since 2019) and it is a part of the Ministry of the Solicitor General.[6]