Student and Youth Opportunities

High School Cooperative Education Program (Co-op)

The Ottawa Police Service High School Cooperative Education Program provides students with valuable work experience while assisting our organization in maintaining a strong relationship with the surrounding community. We recognize the variety of experiences available for students within our organization and are proud to be able to provide placements for students each year.

An application package is sent via email to all area Cooperative Education teachers and school boards in early May for the September - January semester, and at the end of October for the February - June semester. The package consists of a list of all available Coop positions in the Service, an application form,  and an interview schedule. Students will be invited to attend a practical and behavioural interview to assess their suitability for a placement, and all eligible students will be required to undergo a background check conducted by our Service at no charge to the student.

Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator via email or by calling 613-236-1222, extension 4124, if you would like to learn more about the Ottawa Police Service High School Cooperative Education Program.

*Summer Students Due to budget restrictions, we no longer operate a summer student program.

Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) Program

As part of the Ontario Government's YOUTH ACTION PLAN, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services has funded successful youth opportunity initiatives to address the growing needs of our youth.

The Youth In Policing Initiative is an employment program with the Ottawa Police Service for youth 15-18 years of age and attending a secondary school program.

OPS Cadet Corps program

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

Youth Advisory Committee

If you're under 24 and interested in sharing ideas and working together with police for a safer Ottawa, get involved with YAC.


We believe in Community Policing - solving community problems with the assistance of members of the community. You can help, get involved by becoming a volunteer.