The Timmins Police Service is looking for a few good women during Police Week next week, as it recruits new members.
The absence of the word “men” in that last sentence is intentional. Communications coordinator Marc Depatie says recruitment is focused on women entering the work force for the first time, returning to the work world, or considering a career change.
“If you’re female, we’d like to talk to you” Depatie asserts, “because you’re a sought-after demographic. We don’t have enough women working with the Timmins Police Service. It’s a gap that we’re looking to remedy as best we can.”
While the Police Services Act now says you only need high school to be an officer, that will soon change. Northern College’s police foundations foundation fits the bill quite well.
“But it isn’t the golden ticket and it isn’t something that you absolutely require,” says Depatie. “We need a variety of background in our officers. People with any number of types of workplace responsibilities, that’s the person we want as well.”
And a note to high school students: be careful what you post on social media. Some of it might be hard to explain during the police recruitment process.
Information sessions are being held next Tuesday between 2:00 and 3:00pm and 6:30 and 7:30pm at TPS headquarters.