Halifax Regional Police Youth Program

Do you have an interest in policing and playing an active role in your community? If you are looking for a fun, meaningful way to build leadership skills and connect with others - the Halifax Regional Police Youth Program might be for you.

Program members participate in a wide variety of activities, including: Bike patrols, animating mascot Blue at community events, helping during Police Week, fingerprinting clinics and recreational activities such as wall climbing, community clean-ups, walks against violence, holiday parades and fundraisers.

Participants meet throughout the school year on Thursday evenings at the Halifax Regional Police Training Facility, located at 2 Chapman Street, in Dartmouth. Keep on reading to learn more about the program and eligibility criteria.

What would I do as a member of the Halifax Regional Police Youth Program?

  • attend regular meetings on Thursday evenings at the Halifax Regional Police Northbrook Training Centre in Dartmouth
  • participate in educational, community-related, or recreational activities throughout the year including:  
    • conducting bike patrols of local parks and neighbourhoods  
    • assisting community police officers with bike rodeos that aim to teach young cyclists the rules of the road
    • appearing in parades and at community events
    • suiting up as Blue, the crime fighting dog—Halifax Regional Police’s mascot—at community events  
    • assisting with Halifax Regional Police events including Police Week
    • hosting fingerprinting clinics for children
    • going on field and camping trips

How to join the Halifax Regional Police Youth Program

First things first, you must:

  • be 14 (prior to December 31) to 18-years-old
  • not have a criminal record  
  • be of good character
  • be enrolled in an approved educational institution and maintain a passing grade point average, or have successfully completed Grade 12 or equivalent
  • have an interest in law enforcement and community
  • be able to understand direction, use sound judgment, and accept supervision
  • be able to work independently or as part of a team

If that’s you, awesome! Complete the application package [PDF] and return it to the Volunteer Programs Coordinator (details below). 

By email: hrpvolunteers@halifax.ca

Fax: 902.490.6363

In person at:

  • Police Headquarters/Central Division - 1975 Gottingen Street, Halifax
  • East Division - 7 Mellor Avenue, Dartmouth
  • West Division - 15 Convoy Run, Bedford

By mail:
Halifax Regional Police Coordinator, Volunteer Programs, CRCP Office
1975 Gottingen Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 2H1

Not sure if you meet the requirements?

Call the Volunteer Programs Coordinator at 902.490.6976 to discuss whether the youth program is a good fit for you and Halifax Regional Police.

What happens after I apply?

You might not hear back right away. Your application will be kept on file until the next recruitment for the program or for a one-year period.

The selection process is similar to a job competition:

  1. Screening: The Volunteer Programs Coordinator will review all applications and create a list of applicants who qualify for an interview.
  2. Interview: A panel of two to three people will interview applicants to determine if the youth program is a good fit for them and the organization.  
  3. Orientation and training: Successful applicants must attend weekly training classes and pass an exam to become full-fledged members of the Halifax Regional Police Youth Program.