In 2019, we revamped the Venturer program and welcomed in a fresh new look with the OPS Cadet Corps. The program is geared for teenagers 14 to 18 and helps to introduce them to what it might be like to work as a police officer. It also teaches them about the judicial system and how they can make a lasting impact within their own communities. Cadets help at events city-wide, conduct tours of our Elgin Street station, and connect the OPS with youth and their ideas so that we can better-serve their needs.

The OPS’s Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) also had a busy year, adding ten new members with a focus on recruiting younger members. Members of the team were invited to participate in a Crime Prevention Symposium hosted by Public Safety Canada to speak about the importance of youth engagement in crime prevention. At the annual bake sale, the team raised $1,300 to help the Youth Services Bureau better-serve homeless youth in the city. On a cold wintry November 28, they joined others for the annual SleepOUT at Lansdowne Park to draw attention to youth homelessness in Ottawa over our cold winter months.