My educational background prior to policing was following graduation from high school, I attended Fanshawe College in London where I completed one year in General Arts & Sciences and one year in Legal Administration. I received exposure to policing from being selected in an essay writing contest by the Ministry of Citizenship to attend the Ontario Police College for three days, attending classes with the Basic Constable Training Program.
Prior to joining NAPS I worked as a Civilian employee at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment in London and I learned about NAPS there.
I joined the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) in the NW Region in April 1999. My first permanent posting was to the community of Wunnumin Lake First Nation. During my first year I also worked in the following communities: Cat Lake FN; Deer Lake FN; Eabametoong FN; Fort Severn FN; Kasabonika FN; Keewaywin FN; Kingfisher Lake FN; Neskantaga FN; Nibinamik FN; North Spirit Lake FN; Poplar Hill FN; Sachigo Lake FN; Sandy Lake FN; Wapekeka FN; Webequie FN and Marten Falls FN. My second permanent posting was to the community of Mishkeegogamang FN in 2000. From May 2003 to October 2004 I worked as a Detective Constable in the Crime Unit serving 23 FN communities as Abuse Issues Coordinator and Sexual Assault Investigator.
From October 2004 to September 2006 I worked a 2 year secondment with the OPP Behavioural Sciences Section as a ViCLAS (Violent Crime Linkage Analysis System) Analyst for the North region.
From October 2006 to June 2009 I was back at NAPS as the Community Initiatives Coordinator. In June 2009 I became a Sergeant in charge of Recruitment and Media Relations, working out of our Headquarters located in Thunder Bay. For a period of 8 months I supervised a Constable in charge of Community Relations. At this time, I am still the Recruitment / Media Relations Sergeant.