09/19/2014 01:42 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:01 EDT

Quebec provincial police bring in hiring freeze

The Sûreté du Québec is putting a freeze on hiring for the foreseeable future in response to government belt-tightening, according to information Radio-Canada has obtained.

Students in police technology programs at CEGEPs across the province received a letter telling them the provincial police would not be accepting any applications and would not be hiring any new officers for now.

Third-year students in the police technology program at CEGEP Garneau in Quebec City received the news this morning in a letter.

The letter said the freeze would be effective immediately and would go on for an undetermined period of time while evaluations are being made.

“For sure I was a bit stunned and disappointed,” said one student who spoke to Radio-Canada.

The SQ normally hires about 200 new officers every year.