Cadet Corps

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is pleased to announce a fresh new look and name for its Venturer program, now known as the Cadet Corps.

The program for youth ages 14-18, started in 1984, and creates a unique opportuinty to provide meaningful experience for those youth considering a career in policing.

It’s a great way to learn about the role of the police within the community and within the criminal justice system.

Cadets will have the chance to help with OPS events and crime prevention initiatives, while learning about what it takes to be a police officer.

And the Cadets help us at OPS better-understand the needs and views of youth in our community.

If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Cadet Corps, please review the job description.

What does the Cadet Corps 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 Cadet Corps member?

To become a Cadet Corps member, 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 do I apply?

Recruitment takes place in the fall. To become a Cadet Corps member, 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 youth.

If you have questions, you can contact Tom Patrick, Youth Section, at extension 5382.


To provide dedicated youth with insight into Policing

Youth Team

Diverse young people, 14-18 years old, fully committed to program

Participant Rights

To be involved, engaged, and supported

Participant Responsibilities

To be respectful, and demonstrate integrity within the community

Key Benefits

  • Interactive look into Ottawa Police Service and our Community
  • Valuable relationships with friends, role models and mentors
  • Build skills, develop confidence, and enhance Resume