Cadet Corps Job Description

Position Title: OPS Cadet Corps Program Volunteer (Youth)

Overall Purpose:

The purpose of the OPSCadet Corps program is to allow youth between the age of 14 and 18, the opportunity to explore law enforcement as a future career choice. It also encourages Cadets to participate in police initiatives that are in partnership with various community based initiatives providing services to Ottawa area residents, particularly youth. Team building, leadership development and volunteering are important aspects of this program.

The program is managed by OPS Youth Programs Supervisor, Tom Patrick.

Essential Duties and Major Responsibilities- Cadets are required to: 

  • Assist with Crime Prevention initiatives (such as Child Print); 
  • Assist with OPS events (such as the Police Memorial Service);
  • Assist with community service initiatives;
  • Give tours of the police facility at 474 Elgin Street;
  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled meetings and events.

Program Volunteer role (Advisor):

Once a Cadet turns 18 and has completed high school, he or she may apply for one of the available Advisor positions with the program. As well, the Cadet may explore other volunteer opportunities within the OPS.

Essential Requirements of this Assignment:

  • 14 years of age to a maximum of 18 years of age as of September 1st of the program year;
  • Be a resident of Ottawa;
  • Be enrolled in a secondary school;
  • Have no criminal record;
  • Be available for approximately 20 hours per month;
  • Be of good character;
  • Have demonstrated dependability;
  • Have demonstrated commitment (to another program or endeavour).

Desired Requirements of this Assignment:

  • Have proven leadership skills;
  • Have previous volunteer experience;
  • Have previous experience working as part of a team;

Note: Good character and conformity to OPS policies, guidelines, and directives are bona fide occupational requirements of all OPS volunteer assignments.

Supports Required/Available for this Assignment:

  • Clear boundaries and expectations;
  • Convenient local bus routes are available to our various locations;
  • Supervision, progress, and performance evaluations provided regularly;
  • Specific identified supervisor, training, general orientation and program leadership.
  • Letters of recommendation are available upon request after successfully completing one full year in the program (successful completion includes active participation and satisfactory attendance).

Note: Not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program. The Cadet Corps has a  competitive selection process and applications may be declined at any stage of the process.