Vancouver Police Aboriginal Cadet Program
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The Vancouver police force for the past 12 years has encouraged Aboriginal youth to join the police cadet program. The program opens up doors and offers youth the opportunity to experience first hand the life of a police officer.

Spending half their time in ride alongs with officers and the other half in day to day operations among various departments; this paid introduction position is a great way to encourage young Aboriginal people to consider a career in law enforcement.

In order to qualify candidates must meet the following basic requirements:

  • 19 to 29 years of age
  • Aboriginal ancestry
  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • valid Class 5 drivers license with no restrictions and a good driving record
  • no criminal convictions, no adult criminal charges pending

Operating during summer months from June till end of August qualified young adults can see for themself if a career as a police officer is the right choice for them. In addition to meeting the requirements, candidates must attend one of the Vancouver Police Department’s monthly information sessions at the Justice Institute located in New Westminster.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the Aboriginal Cadet Program, please contact Detective Constable Desiree Sparrow at the Vancouver Police Department Recruiting Unit (604) 717-8909 Or visit the Police Department online at


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