I grew up in Whitby, Ontario and even though I am from a Toronto suburb, I have always had a fascination with the North.
I come from a family of Police Officers, all of whom are either retired from, or still serving with Toronto Police Service. Although I intended to follow in that direction after finishing school, I ended up in broadcasting – working on the air and programming radio stations in Northern and Southern Ontario for almost 20 years.
While working in radio in New Liskeard, I was given the opportunity to join the OPP as an Auxiliary Constable. Volunteering with the OPP gave me a taste of what policing is all about first hand and it was a member of the OPP that I was introduced to NAPS.
What immediately attracted me to NAPS was the opportunity to experience a way of life and a part of this country that most people don’t have the chance to see.
As most of our detachments are in remote areas of the province, NAPS officers lean a lot more about the job, more quickly than they would with other services in more populated areas because for the most part, any investigations are taken care of from start to finish by one officer.
I am currently posted in Poplar Hill which is a community of approximately 500 people near Manitoba border though I have had the opportunity to work in several other communities as well.
If you are considering a career in policing, and you aren’t afraid to step a little outside of your comfort zone, I encourage you to apply to NAPS. the experience is something that you cannot put a price tag on.
As far as I am concerned, joining the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service is the best career decision I have ever made.