• Proudly wearing her uniform and on patrol since December 2018.

“I have worked hard to be here today and I am grateful every single day for landing my dream job.”

What factored into your decision to go from a career in paramedics to policing?

I have always known that I would end up with a career in emergency services. After I became a paramedic, I knew that down the road, lateral movement or growth could be limited. That’s not the case with policing; there is an abundance of avenues and units you can strive towards. I also knew policing would still allow me to be in a job where my actions would impact the lives of civilians and work towards the betterment of my community. I am passionate about a career in policing as a woman because I find it important that our service equips itself with higher volumes of female officers. This will further enhance the service we provide to our citizens.

A few months on the job, how are you ensuring you find balance?

What works best for me when it comes to balancing work and personal life, is ensuring that my first day off after a set is dedicated solely to just me. It allows me an opportunity to recharge and set myself up for successful days off, mostly consisting of catching up with family and friends, working out and spending time with my dog. I’m pretty good with keeping work related stuff at work and disconnecting myself from that for a few days until I resume my duties. One thing that aids in that balance is keeping the non- police friendships I had prior to joining. Having friends that are police officers is great, as they’re probably the best at understanding the impacts of specific calls, but putting effort into old friendships that were formed before CPS is equally as important to me.

Are there biases that you had to debunk as a female officer?

Something my female colleagues and I have been reminded of is that we have entered a male dominant career and that, although not ideal, some stereotypes may still exist about being a female police officer. Some of those stereotypes include the expectation that we will have to work harder to prove ourselves or to show that we are competent in this job. Ever since my first day as a police officer, I have gone to work and done the best I can and at no point have I ever felt inadequate or not up to standard. These confirmations stem from my coworkers, ensuring that I know my work is well received and that I have done a good job on every call I go to and every report I write. My door will always be open for constructive criticism, but the welcome I have received at CPS has never made me think that I was not capable.

Does a female perspective put a different lens on policing?

There are a few ways that a female perspective can be of great benefit in this job, we are great communicators. In certain instances, such as a sexual assault, it can make an enormous difference for victims to be able to discuss a difficult situation with a female officer. Male and female partnerships in patrol provide a great balance, as there is a lot we can learn from each other! Having experienced events in my own life related to domestic abuse, I’m grateful to bring a certain level of care to these types of calls.

What would you say to a young woman thinking of this career path?

For anyone who may be having doubts about entering the police force, whether it be due to physical abilities or other reasons, don’t let those thoughts sway you away from accomplishing your goals. If you want something bad enough, you will always find ways to achieve it. I have worked hard to be here today and I am grateful every single day for landing my dream job. Getting here was not always easy, but damn, was it worth it!