This is the COA
The Ontario Provincial Police Commissioned Officers’ Association was founded in 1974 to promote esprit de corps and otherwise represent the OPP’s senior officers. The Association has matured into an organization that provides an active communications and labour relations link between the Commissioned Officers and the Executive of the OPP.
The Association continues to offer and support a number of events and initiatives that enhance morale while serving to uphold the rich history and traditions of the OPP.
Every officer in the OPP of the rank of Inspector, Superintendent and Chief Superintendent is eligible to be a full member of the COA. In addition, all officers who retired in one of those or similar ranks or retired from the rank of Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner are eligible as “Life Members”. Beyond the Regular and Life Members, a number of worthy individuals have been elected as “Honorary Members” of the COA.
ESPRIT DE CORPS
The COA hosts or supports many social events that will promote the esprit de corps of its membership. A number of events are held annually. Each Spring, the COA hosts its “President’s Ball”, a gala occasion that has become a marquee event for the members who make it a point to attend.The COA co-hosts the annual OPP Commissioned Officers’ Mess Dinner, another memorable event that includes a ceremony marking the commissioning of new COs. The Association also hosts an annual golf tournament that allows members to socialize in a less formal setting.
The COA is mandated to promote the improvement of members’ conditions of employment and to negotiate with the employer within established frameworks. The COA advocates for its membership on issues related to pension, benefits and working conditions.
Supporting Our Communities
The COA supports a number of charities annually and manages the operation of the Off Duty Shop, located in General Headquarters in Orillia, ON. The shop is a non-profit corporation of the COA that directs their proceeds in support of a number of charitable initiatives including the Vets Association, ABLE, United Way, the OPP Youth Foundation, and Friends of The OPP Museum.