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Volunteer Opportunities

You can help keep our community safe. Become an important part of a unique organization: become a police volunteer. An experience you'll never forget!

The Ottawa Police Service believes in Community Policing - solving community problems with the assistance of members of the community. Community Police Centres rely heavily on trained volunteers. Most of our volunteers assist at Centres in their neighbourhoods. They answer questions about the police service and crime statistics for their area. They may also run crime prevention programs depending on a community's needs. Individuals are selected on the basis of their ability to perform assignment requirements.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, you may be interested in participating in our Venturers program. There are currently no Venturers opportunities available. The Venturers accept new members in the month of September only. Check this page of the Volunteer Opportunities section of our Web site often.

Established in 1984, the Police Venturers program educates and involves youth in police operations to build a mutual understanding between youth and police and interest youth in a possible law enforcement career.

We need women and men who are at least 18 years of age, have no police records and are available for task training. A thorough screening process includes background and reference checks and an interview. Please refer to a community police centre in your area for possible volunteer opportunities or to fill out an application.

You can get involved as a prospective volunteer with the Ottawa Police Service by applying online for specific vacant volunteer opportunities. These volunteer opportunities will also be posted at our community police centres, in our main police stations and on the Volunteer Ottawa database. A detailed list of locations can also be found in the Red Pages of your telephone book. If there are no positions posted at the time of your inquiry, it simply means we currently have no openings. Check this page of the Volunteer Opportunities section of our Web site often.

Application forms can be mailed to:

Ottawa Police Service
P.O. Box 9634, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario
K1G 6H5
Attention: Human Resources

If you are a successful volunteer candidate, the Ottawa Police Service prefers that your commitment be for a minimum of one year. We are looking for volunteers who can give us four hours a week of their valuable time. If you are hoping to become a volunteer to further your chances of becoming a police officer, you might rather consider community service at a social service agency.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Ottawa Police Service.