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Aboriginal Cadet Program

Indigenous Cadet Program

In 2004, then-Chief Constable Jamie Graham, on behalf of the VPD signed an agreement with the British Columbia Aboriginal Workforce Strategy (BCAWS) and the Province of British Columbia. The parties agreed to work together to promote employment and career development opportunities within the VPD for Indigenous Peoples, to reflect the diversity of the city in the police ranks.

In 2007, as part of that initiative, the Diversity & Aboriginal Policing Section (as it was then named) and the Recruiting Unit implemented an Indigenous Cadet Program aimed at mentoring and coaching Indigenous youth aged 19 to 29 years who demonstrated a desire to become Vancouver police officers.

The program continues today, and runs from June through August each year. During their VPD internship, the cadets work with Fleet Services, ride along with members from various sections within the Department, and participate in the annual Pulling Together Canoe Journey. The Indigenous Cadet Program is sponsored by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS).

The pay is approximately $26.00/hour.

The VPD is looking for applicants that meet the following basic requirements:

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

If you or someone you know are interested in applying to the Indigenous Cadet Program, please contact Detective Constable Christian Olver in the VPD Recruiting Unit
at (604) 717-8754.

HOW TO APPLY

Please contact Detective Constable Christian Olver in the VPD Recruiting Unit
at (604) 717-8754 or email at Christian.Olver@vpd.ca.

 

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2018 Indigenous Cadet Program

Applications are now closed for the 2017 Indigenous Cadet Program.

Check back next Spring for applications to the 2018 Program.

Meet Some Previous Cadets from VPD Press Conferences

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