Officers needed for correction centre

More than 240 full-time correctional officer jobs will open up in late 2016

  • Aug. 23, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Being a correctional officer is a demanding job – and it’s also one that plays an important role in the successful rehabilitation of inmates and in keeping the province safe.

Once construction of the new Okanagan Correctional Centre (OCC) is complete in late 2016, more than 240 full-time correctional officer jobs will open up.

In preparation, B.C. Corrections is offering additional readiness sessions and, for the first time, physical abilities testing, which is the first step in the process toward securing one of these jobs.

Readiness sessions

These free sessions – held in partnership with the Justice Institute of B.C., which trains all correctional officers for B.C.’s adult custody centres – include information about corrections and the justice system, the roles and duties of a correctional officer and the unique needs of the offender population, along with information on preparing to apply for jobs.


Sept. 5

Penticton Days Inn

15 Riverside Dr.

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Sept. 6

South Okanagan Secondary school

6140 Gala St.

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Sept. 12

Justice Institute of B.C.

825 Walrod St.

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

You can view the Okanagan Correctional Centre information session poster:

Those interested in attending are asked to call 604-462-5170 or register by e-mail at with REGISTER in the subject line.

Please include first and second session choices and contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Physical abilities testing:

There is also an opportunity for interested applicants to take the Corrections Officer’s Physical Abilities Test (COPAT), an application requirement.

This is a standard test, used across Canada, to determine whether an applicant is ready for the physical demands of the job.

The test circuit involves activities like running stairs, dodging obstacles, pushing and pulling heavy objects and gaining control over a resisting subject by demonstrating endurance and agility.

Those interested in taking the COPAT are asked to call 604-462-5170 or register by e-mail at:


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon-born Justin J. Moore’s music video for Someone Who Loved You Can captures Kelowna’s city vibe. (Justin J. Moore - YouTube)
WATCH: ‘hyper-talented’ team behind Okanagan-centric music video

New Justin J. Moore music video shot in Kelowna, Armstrong with team of 20-somethings

Mount Boucherie Secondary School is one of three Kelowna schools with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an update from the school district Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19 confirmed at 3 Kelowna schools

Interior Health has confirmed exposures at Mount Boucherie, Springvalley and South Rutland schools

The organizer of a Kelowna protest against COVID-19 restrictions was fined by the RCMP for the third time Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (File photo)
COVID-19: Organizer of Kelowna anti-restriction protest ticketed for third time

The individual’s latest ticket for $2,300 was handed out by RCMP at an anti-lockdown rally Saturday

(Vernon Search and Rescue/Facebook)
Vernon Search and Rescue responds after family gets UTV stuck on SilverStar trails

The family activated their SOS beacon around 3 p.m. once they realized they could be facing a night alone in the mountains

Vernon’s Heron Grove retirement facility. (Good Samaritan Society photo)
Resident of Vernon’s Heron Grove retirement home tests positive for COVID-19

Interior Health has not declared an outbreak at the facility

When people talk about Blue Monday, they really mean Seasonal Affective Disorder, according to CMHA Kelowna. (Pixabay)
CMHA Kelowna offers tips for managing winter blues during COVID-19

CMHA says it’s important to take care of mental well-being during these times

Gin voices his view of having his photo taken as Ken and Karleen Kantymir pose with him and his brother Tonic. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Sheep’s quirky antics keep Salmon Arm couple entertained

Until they bought two sheep, Ken and Karleen Kantymir didin’t realize just how social the animals are

Fire crews on scene of hot tub blaze. Michael Rodriguez, Kelowna Capital News.
Workers on concrete pump assist Kelowna homeowner battling hot tub fire

Home owners and neighbours fought the flames with a garden hose

(RCMP file photo)
Arrest made for break-in to the Penticton Herald

Police arrived to see blanket-wearing man holding computers

Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons was appointed to the NDP cabinet as minister of social development and poverty reduction after the October 2020 B.C. election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. job training fund increased for developmentally disabled

COVID-19 has affected 1,100 ‘precariously employed’ people

Heather Lucier, a pastor at Kelowna Harvest Fellowship, speaks to an RCMP officer outside of Harvest Ministries on Sunday, Jan. 10. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna church fined a second time for violating public health order

Harvest Ministries in Kelowna has previously said they will fight the tickets in court

Okanagan Forest Task Force clean up took place on May 9 along Postill Lake Road. (Okanagan Forest Task Force)
Okanagan cleanup taskforce gears up for new year

The crew assisted in getting about 60 illegal dumpers ticketed

Bastion Elementary was open Monday, Jan. 17, after one case of COVID-19 was confirmed among the school community. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
COVID-19 case confirmed at second Salmon Arm elementary school

Member of Bastion Elementary community self-isolating, students allowed to attend school

B.C. driver’s licence and identity cards incorporate medical services, but the passport option for land crossings is being phased out. (B.C. government)
B.C. abandons border ID cards built into driver’s licence

$35 option costing ICBC millions as demand dwindles

Most Read