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    Student Opportunities

    Are you a student who is looking for a unique employment opportunity or a way to give back to your community in a meaningful way?  The Ottawa Police Service has several ways students can work in collaboration with the Ottawa Police to develop employable skills while making a valuable contribution to the police  service and community.

The Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) is an employment program with the Ottawa Police Service for youth 15-18 years of age who are attending a secondary school program. The goal of the YIPI program is to give young people an opportunity to develop job skills while enhancing police and community relations. The program is for interested youth with leadership potential including those who may experience barriers to success and would benefit from this unique opportunity.

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Youth in Policing Initiative

  • Promotes youth participation in the work environment through diverse, educational and productive work assignments;
  • Enhances the relationship between the police, youth and the community;  
  • Provides positive employment opportunities for youth;

The Summer YIPI program session runs from June to August, whereas the Winter session takes place from December to March. Participants will work in various Sections of the Ottawa Police Service, support community initiatives and learn valuable life and employment skills. YIPI participants will also have a working relationship with a number of valuable youth-serving organizations in Ottawa.


Applications are accepted twice a year for Winter and Summer sessions.

  • Summer applications are accepted from February 1 to March 10.
  • Winter applications are accepted September 1 to October 10.

YIPI participants must:

  • Eligible to work in Canada;
  • Between 15 and 18 years of age for the duration of the program;
  • Must be a registered full-time student (in a secondary educational program) during the 2021 academic year
  • Resident of Ottawa;
  • Successfully complete the recruitment/background check process.

YIPI coordinator must:

  • Eligible to work in Canada.
  • At minimum, must have completed successfully one year of a post-secondary education program and be returning to a post-secondary education program full-time.
  • Successfully complete the recruitment/background check process.


For more information, please contact:
Tom Patrick by email yipi@ottawapolice.ca or by phone: 613-236-1222 ext. 5382. 

Other Student Opportunities

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    Legal Service Articling Student

    If you are a candidate who is entering or currently registered in the Law Society’s Lawyer Licensing Process  and have chosen the Articling Program as your experiential training, consider the OPS as an option. The OPS Legal Section employs one Articling Student every year and applications are accepted typically beginning in May. Please watch for upcoming postings. 

Other ways for youth to get involved

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    Employee Stories

    “I would like to sincerely thank you for the wonderful time this summer. I learned and developed so many new skills and abilities. It was a terrific experience - no doubt this has been a great positive change in my life! I really hope to stay involved somehow."

    - YIPI Participant

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    Employee Stories

    “Thank you for the opportunity to be in the YIPI Program. Not only did I learn a lot about the Ottawa Police, but I also learned more about my community and myself as a person.“

    - YIPI Participant

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    Employee Stories

    “I would like to thank you for the AMAZING amount of support given to me this year. It was a very tough time in my life, and I am very grateful to have had all the kind people around me. I will never forget the amount of kindness and patience I received."

    -YIPI Participant