Government of New Brunswick

What did you do before becoming a police officer?

 

Cst. Lisa McFarlane

Miramichi Police Force

EMAIL: mirpol@nbnet.nb.ca

"Before becoming a Police Officer, I worked as a Paramedic, also an exciting profession in the emergency field. Responding to different types of calls is what makes policing an ever changing, unpredictable and exciting career. There is never a dull day in policing!"

 

Describe a typical day on the job.

 

Cst. Lindsey Mott

Rothesay Regional Police Force

EMAIL: lindsey.mott@rrpf.nbpimits.ca

"If there was such a thing as a 'typical day', writing this would be easy. I'm sure that fellow officers would agree, and that’s what makes policing such an interesting career choice. A typical day in policing does not exist; it changes everyday and that’s what makes it so exciting to go to work. The job challenges you daily and requires you to be alert every second. The job that we must accomplish as police officers is to preserve peace and protect the life and property of others. We are also required as police officers to encourage and participate in community programs that make community life better and safer for all residents. It is also the job of police officers to apprehend criminals who break the law. Our job is very diverse and changes with everyday occurrences. We work together to reach goals and uphold principles in our service to the community. With all that said, I love the career I chose and I love going to work each and everyday."

 

What do you like most about your job as a police officer?

 

Cpl. Dan Roy

RCMP

EMAIL: daniel.roy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

TELEPHONE: (506) 857-1290

"One of the things I love most about a career in policing is the camaraderie. The experiences lived as police officers are no-where near ordinary, which I feel brings us closer together. On a daily basis, police officers depend on each other not only to keep the public safe, but to keep each other out of harm’s way. It doesn’t matter where or what police force a person works for, the day you graduate from the academy and work your first shift, you are the newest member of a very big family.

 

Bathurst Police Force

 

Cst. Judy Turple

Bathurst Police Force

EMAIL: judy.turple @bpf.nbpimits.ca

TELEPHONE: 506-548-0471

 

 

Long hours/Shift work

 

Cst. Tonia Roussel

Edmundston Police Force

"Twelve-hour shifts are not always easy, but like any good thing, there are also advantages. I work on a four-day rotation, with two day shifts and two night shifts, and I have four days off. On my days off I can go to my appointments, do errands, take part in my recreational activities, and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Also, when I take four days of vacation it actually gives me 12 consecutive days off. Think about it! We actually work less than six months a year.

These days, it is important to make a distinction between work and social life. Working 12-hour shifts enables us to offer 24-hour service to citizens, which for me is important and gratifying most of the time."

 

Concerns regarding physical requirements

 

Cst. Manon Doucet

B.N.P.P. Police Force

EMAIL: manon.doucet@bnpp.nbpimits.ca

"Five years after graduating from high school, I decided to achieve my life time goal of becoming a police officer. I thought I would not be accepted into police training because of my 5’ 1” height. If you have determination and you strive to be the best, you can do this. The Academy will prepare you to become a great police officer, regardless of your gender, height or weight."

 

Work/Family Balance

 

Sgt. Suzanne Themens

Grand Falls Police Force

EMAIL: suzanne.themens@gfpf.nbpimits.ca

TELEPHONE: (506) 475-7767

"I am a Mom with 3 kids. Working as a Police Officer, on a shift schedule, has benefited both my career plan and family goals. I have been able to participate in school field trips during the week without compromising my work schedule. It is a huge advantage being able to do shift work as it enhances both my family life and career."