The Ottawa Police Service is committed to investing in youth in our community. It is why we have several engagement programs that, because of the careful curation by our youth specialists, continue to yield some impressive results.

In 2017, members from our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) were invited to speak with Justice Michael Tulloch, after he announced that he would be reviewing the implementation of the new Regulated Interactions legislation that was launched in January 2017. Regulated Interactions replaced Street Checks and altered requirements of what information police were allowed to collect about people they interacted with during the process of their job.

The YAC team decided to take the complicated legislation and create a postcard, with easier to understand language, that outlined a youth’s rights under the new laws. Justice Tulloch reviewed the content that the YAC team created and welcomed their unique perspective on the regulatory changes.

The youth in all our programs were heavily involved in helping out with all the many Canada 150th events across the city. Our Venturers’ team, which is an OPS-led program in partnership with Scouts Canada, helped with everything from Winterlude to the Governor General’s Teddy Bear picnic, and were even on hand to help with the annual gala festivities to ensure that the evening went smoothly. But it is not all glitz and glamour; these hard working Venturers also pitched in with park clean ups and were on hand for the Canadian Police and Peace Memorial event at Parliament Hill in September.

We value the role the Venturers play with community outreach and we are proud of the fine example they set for other youth when they represent the OPS. Normal duties for our Venturers include assisting with special events, crime prevention initiatives, giving tours of our OPS facility at Elgin Street, and participating in scheduled meetings and outings.

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