Who We Are
Founded in 1933, the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) is
the official provincial representative body for 18,000 sworn and civilian
police personnel from 47 police associations across Ontario. A unifying voice
for advocacy in policing, the PAO provides its member associations with
representation, resource, and support.
The PAO is involved in a variety of activities at the
provincial level on behalf of Ontario’s sworn officers and civilian police
service employees. Through lobbying and representation with government
principals, the PAO has made significant advances on a number of critical
pieces of legislation which impact on our membership and the community that
Our member associations are regularly informed of PAO
activities, events, and advocacy efforts through email communications, PAO.ca,
and the quarterly PAO magazine.
The PAO convenes a minimum of three membership meetings a
year to provide our members the opportunity to shape PAO policy and direction,
and to exchange information and participate in workshops on current issues.
Additionally, the Association holds civilian workshops to provide an additional
forum to address issues and provide training on matters of particular concern
to our civilian representatives.