Scene 1: video depicting a women police officer getting ready for work by putting on her vest and carrying her duty bag outside to her police vehicle. Title on screen says
Women in Policing
Scene 2: Cst. SAGGAR speaking: So what interested me in policing was the fact you’re not doing the same job every day. You’re in your community and you’re really able to serve and protect that community, and that might sound a little bit corny but those are values that I truly believe in. I definitely wanted to make a difference in my life and the community that I work in and ultimately the world and this was my way of contributing was to become a police officer.
Title: Cst. ROY West Shore RCMP
Cst. Roy speaking: I am from Montreal as you tell with my accent. My first language is French. So I have been moving from Montreal and this is my first posting here at West Shore. I’ve always been interested in some sort of Law Enforcement ever since I was a child. The RCMP was making a lot of publicity through social media and television and it made me more interested in policing and applying to become a police officer.
Title: Cst. MARTIN- What is the best part of your job?
Cst. Martin: Everyday coming to work. Working with the people that I get to work with. I’s like a family, so every day I wake up energized and ready to go. Working with the community the community that I live in and love working with so it’s a great job.
Question: What’s it like being a woman in policing?
Cst. Martin: I don’t know what it’s like to be a man so I’m not too sure what the flip side of it is. I know that lot’s of people have concerns with women in policing and to be perfectly honest, I don’t feel any of that whatsoever in this job. I feel like I am equally as capable if not better in some areas than my male counter parts. I think both, different sexes bring different things, qualities to the job that are really necessary and they work well together. So I don’t notice any negative sides to being a female in this job.
Title: Cst. BAINBRIDGE West Shore RCMP
Cst. BAINBRIDGE: I’ve wanted to be a police officer since I was 15, in high school I showed interest. I met my significant other quite young and decided to have a family first and went to policing later in life. It’s helpful when a woman comes into the police station to talk about something super private, to be able to unload on another woman and to be able to feel comfortable telling her private story to a woman. I find it really helpful in my work to be a woman.
Question: What’s the best part of your job?
Cst. BAINBRIDGE: I think helping people. Making people feel comfortable and making an impact, knowing that someone cares about you and [your] story and is willing to listen and help them along that road to maybe feeling better about what they came into to talk about.
Title: What do you think of the job so far?
Cst. Roy: I like the job so far. There is a lot of diversity and options. It made me learn a second language, made me move across the country and I know I have a lot of opportunity that is open to me in the RCMP.
Question: Is there a difference between being a male or female in this job?
Cst. Roy: To me there is no differences, regardless of if you are male or female we all have our weaknesses and strengths and I think being a female is nothing different than being a male officer. I would recommend any females who are interested in law enforcement or becoming a police officer to not hesitate, these days there is more and more female officers in this line of work. Any female can make a difference and can be a good officer.
Title: Do you regret becoming a police officer?
Cst. SAGGAR: I first started policing when I was 21 years old. I’ve been doing this job for 10 years now and I wouldn’t change anything about it, I don’t regret a minute of it. The fact that there are endless opportunities that can come your way in this type of a job, It’s absolutely remarkable. I don’t know what the next 10 years has in store for me but the first 10 have been absolutely incredible, so I’m excited.
Music playing and photo of RCMP forge hat followed by a picture of the West Shore RCMP exterior and the www.rcmpcareers.ca website displayed.