I was coached by a very knowledgeable and confident Officer in Mishkeegogamang and have since been permanently posted in the community. I continue to learn each day and love what I do. I realize that this job is a marathon, but one that makes you a stronger person. Opportunities within NAPS are endless and I look forward to seeing which path I take within the service. This is a career choice with so many different avenues and one that can be very rewarding at the end of day.
If you’re looking for a policing career where you want to make a difference every day and want to experience all that the north has to offer, a career with Nishnawbe Aski Police Service is for you. Working as a police Constable in the Nishnawbe Aski Nation has given me so many memorable experiences in my policing career. When working in the north, you will be depended upon as not only a police Constable but as a leader, a counsellor, and a friend.
Previous to joining NAPS, I worked as an administrative assistant at the RCMP “O” Division Detachment in London, Ontario. While I was there, the RCMP members told me about NAPS. I prepared by learning and obtaining all of the qualifications and requirements to apply. After receiving my application, NAPS replied back that there was a vacancy in Wunnumin Lake First Nation and after reviewing my application, they wanted me to work there. I was very happy and did some online research to find out more about Wunnumin Lake. I felt that NAPS was a great fit for me and what I wanted to do in my policing career.
I’ve been with NAPS over a year now, and I enjoy the community based policing approach that we use. This approach gives Officers the opportunity to live, learn and truly immerse themselves within the community they police in. If you are interested in applying with NAPS, you should know that you are far more than just a Police Officer in your community. I love my job, I love serving our First Nations communities, and I will continue to do so with compassion, empathy and pride for many years to come.
Growing up I practiced my native traditions that were passed down to me from the elders. I was fascinated with the teachings of the Warrior and related it to the rolls of a Police Officer. I always knew that I wanted to live my life helping others. I enjoy working for Nishnawbe Aski Police Service as it provides a great opportunity to develop as a police officer and help my indigenous people.
This was outside of my comfort zone, but one of the most surreal experiences. I have never done, nor thought of, someone having to do this to live. It helped me really appreciate how different everyone lives and developed a further respect for these differences. NAPS has given me such a great opportunity to grow and help others grow.
My time with the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service has been nothing but unforgettable. The unique experiences, the camaraderie and skill sets you gain working in the remote north are unparalleled. If you’re looking for a policing career unlike any other, you’ve come to the right place.
I had recently graduated from a fire academy, became certified as an Emergency Medical Responder and had completed other various courses because I was interested in becoming a First Responder. I applied to Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in February of 2017, and went to Ontario Police College in April of that same year. It was a very smooth process.