I began my policing career in 1987 when I joined the RCMP. I was posted in Spiritwood, Saskatchewan (town of 1000 people) and worked there for over 4 years.
In 1992 I resigned from the RCMP and was hired by the Calgary Police Service. I began in District 4, which is the far east side of Calgary. I spent 6 years on patrol there and in 1998 I went to work in the School Resource Unit in Elementary and Junior High schools in the Southwest end of the city. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with youth and in schools, with their amazing staff and management. It ‘reset’ my policing attitude and when I returned to patrol in 2001 in District 7 in the northwest part of the city, I felt that I was a more thorough and empathetic officer, thanks to my time working directly with the community. In 2003 I was promoted to Sergeant (the only female promoted to that rank in 2003) and moved to District 2. I was a patrol team Sergeant then a Community Team Sgt for 3 years when I moved to work in the Security Clearance Unit. There I supervised 17 civilian members, which I have to say was a highlight in my career! In 2008 I was promoted to Staff Sergeant and transferred to Major Crimes in the Child Abuse Unit. This was obviously a very stressful move, since most of my career was spent in uniform, and of course, the topic of investigation was difficult. While in Child Abuse I began the project to create a child advocacy center in Calgary, and over the next 5 years my successors and project managers moved it to fruition. I think that is what I am most proud of looking back in my career. In 2011 I transferred back to District 4 as Admin Staff Sergeant and then was promoted to Inspector in 2014. I asked to take over the Community and Youth Services Section in 2017 and spent the next 3 years there. This was an extraordinary experience to be able to work closely with so many community partners! I was selected to work a year as Acting Superintendent from Sept 2019 to Sept 2020 in the Integrated Partnership Division. In October 2020 I was transferred back to the front line to District 8 which encompasses the entire south end of the city; where I still work today.
Over my 33+ year career, my favorite part is the comradery within the department and the fun we had together. We are certainly a ‘family’ of women and men in blue!