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March 16, 2017: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood; Officer’s job both challenging and rewarding.

March 16, 2017: Cst Neilly’s Neighbourhood;
Officer’s job both challenging and rewarding.

By Cst Dawn Neilly.

As a community police officer, I spend part of my time just letting people know I exist. And not just me, but also my colleagues who carry out various duties, all dedicated to making Ottawa a safe place to live. I know that with so many of us in cruisers (it’s a big city!), it’s hard to get to know individual police officers. If you did have the opportunity to talk to the people who keep your streets safe, you’d have a good idea of why we do what we do.

In my case, and I know this is true for other officers, I became a police officer because I want to help people. And, at the end of my day, going home knowing I did everything I could to make a difference, gives me a wonderful sense of satisfaction. For me, that’s the best thing about the job.

But it doesn’t hurt that it’s rewarding in other, more practical ways. Long gone are the days when police were hired for their size alone. Officers today are educated, highly trained, and ready to deal with whatever situation presents itself, with communication skills being as important a tool as anything we carry on a belt.

Because of this, police officers are paid a salary commensurate with their qualifications and can expect job security, benefits and a pension at career’s end.

If you or someone you know is thinking about a job in law enforcement, I say go for it. You have financial stability and the excitement of knowing that every day is different; every call is different. The challenges can come thick and fast and you get to meet them head on.

You become a problem solver and, in so doing, help keep the community on an even keel.

It’s a fantastic job and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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