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

Established in 1984, the Ottawa Police Venturers is a Scouts Canada program sponsored by the Ottawa Police Service. The program informs and involves youth in various aspects of policing. Through the program, youth and police members develop a mutual understanding as they work together. Also, the program is an opportunity for the Venturer to explore policing as a possible career choice.

Through weekly meetings, training sessions and volunteer opportunities, Venturers meet new friends, learn about policing and gain valuable experience with the Ottawa Police Service. The program runs from October to June each year.

What do Venturers do?

  • Give tours of the police station;
  • Assist with police crime prevention initiatives;
  • Assist at police and community events;
  • Learn about the various aspects of policing;
  • Become part of a dynamic and energetic group of youth.

Who can become a Venturer?

To become a Venturer, you must:

  • Be 14-18 years of age;
  • Attend a secondary school;
  • Pass a Ottawa Police Service volunteer background check
  • Be available about 20 hours per month including weekly meetings

See the  job description for more details or to tell a friend about this opportunity.

How much does it cost?

There is a minimal cost to participate in the program.

How do I apply?

Recruitment takes place in the fall. To become a Venturer, you must attend the Information Session, take part in an interview process and pass an Ottawa Police Service volunteer background check. Opportunities for membership will vary depending on the number of returning Venturers.

Venturer Information Line: 613-236-1222 ext. 6034.

If you have questions, contact the Youth Intervention Diversion Section.

Photo Gallery: Venturers will appear here on the public site.