As the parent, the most important thing you can do for your child is participate in their everyday life. Your commitment and support means your child will not go looking elsewhere for ways to belong.
The youth of our city are an important part of the community, and the Ottawa Police works hard to encourage positive and proactive interaction between police, parents and youth. Whether through a School Resource Officers, the Ottawa Police Venturers Program, various community partnerships, education programs or the hundreds of neighbourhood events held every year, police routinely cooperate with parents and youth to improve our community.
The Ottawa Police Service also has a Manager of Strategic Youth Initiatives who can facilitate training sessions relating to youth issues and trends and also facilitate reviews of cases where specialized services may be required.
You can contact the Youth Section at: (613) 236-1222, extension 5355.
If your child is a victim of any crime - from stolen lunch money to sexual abuse - don't blame him or her. Listen, offer sympathy and report it to the proper authority.
make a careful search of your home and surrounding properties;
check favourite play areas;
phone friends and relatives;