My name is Sgt. David Dodsworth and I’m proud to be a NAPS Officer. One of the best things about being a NAPS officer is the difference I make in the lives of the people in my community everyday. Here are some of my favourite experiences.
Between 2001 and 2004, I was a Northwest Region Court Officer. After leaving the court officer position, I recall about four incidents where I was out in the general public with my family a couple of times in Sioux Lookout and a couple of times in Thunder Bay at the Intercity Shopping Centre. Each time I was approached by different individuals. They wanted to shake my hand and start telling me what is now going on in their lives and how they changed their lifestyles around, attending addiction awareness and going back to school to finish their education. They wanted to thank me for listening to them and giving them words of encouragement, during a time when they were in custody and going through some bad times in their life. Because I was the court officer at the time I had come into contact with these individuals.
I was caught off guard the first time this happened to me and felt bad that I didn’t recognize some of them. I had met so many people and didn’t want to be rude. I would congratulate them and give them some more encouragement to continue with their healing. My wife was present on a couple of these occasions. I’d be honest with her and told her that sometimes I wasn’t so sure of who they were, but if I had helped them to change their life around that’s all that counts. This type of incident doesn’t happen often but when it does, it really gives you a good feeling that you actually made a difference in someone’s life.
David was recently awarded a medal for twenty years of service.