Ottawa Police Venturers

(1st Voyageur Council Service Alliance)

Interested in Law Enforcement?

Join the Police Venturers

Whether you're considering law enforcement as a career or just curious about what goes on behind the scenes, Police Venturing is a great way to learn about the role of police within the community and within the criminal justice system.

Established in 1984, the Ottawa Police Venturers is a Scouts Canada program sponsored by the Ottawa Police Service. The program informs and involves youth in various aspects of policing. Through the program, youth and police members develop a mutual understanding as they work together. Also, the program is an opportunity for the Venturer to explore policing as a possible career choice.

Through weekly meetings, training sessions and volunteer opportunities, Venturers meet new friends, learn about policing and gain valuable experience with the Ottawa Police Service. The program runs from October to June each year.

What do Venturers do?

  • Give tours of the police station;
  • Assist with police crime prevention initiatives;
  • Assist at police and community events;
  • Learn about the various aspects of policing;
  • Become part of a dynamic and energetic group of youth.

Who can become a Venturer?

To become a Venturer, you must:

  • Be 14-18 years of age;
  • Attend a secondary school;
  • Pass a Ottawa Police Service volunteer background check
  • Be available about 20 hours per month including weekly meetings

See the job description for more details or to tell a friend about this opportunity.

How much does it cost?

There is a minimal cost to participate in the program.

How do I apply?

To become a Venturer, you must attend the Information session, take part in an interview process and pass an Ottawa Police Service volunteer background check. Opportunities for membership will vary depending on the number of returning Venturers.

Recruitment takes place in the fall. Information on the recruitment process is also available on the Venturer Information Line at 613-236-1222 ext. 6034.

If after listening to the Venturer Information Line, you still have further enquiries, contact the Youth Intervention Diversion Section at (613) 236-1222, extension 5355.