What are the duties and responsibilities of your work?
I am a police officer and a forensic collision reconstructionist with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan. My first major responsibility is Criminal Code and provincial traffic statute enforcement on Canada's roadways. My second responsibility is as a collision reconstructionist; attending serious, usually fatal, motor vehicle collisions around the province. In reconstructing collisions, remote aircraft, 3D modeling software, surveying equipment and applied physics are all used to determine the "what" and the "why" of the collision.

How can students prepare themselves at STU to work in your field? (eg. volunteer work, internships, extra-curricular activities, specific courses)
While there may not be any prescribed courses or extra-curricular activities that are better than others to prepare oneself for a career in policing, there are some things that stayed with me as I continue onward with my career. Criminology and Psychology courses that delve into the social and economic factors at play that can influence or contribute to a person's predisposition to criminality are invaluable. As a police officer, you deal with all persons throughout the entire socioeconomic range. A police officer who better understands his or her clients, is arguably better suited to find solutions and identify the precipitating factors that may have led to the problem.

Another recommendation for students interested in a career in policing would be to research and learn as much as possible about the career itself. Speaking with local law enforcement, volunteering, reaching out to family or friends that are police officers, are all ways students can become better informed about what a career in policing will be like for them. (It is not like it is on T.V.)

How has STU and your liberal arts education helped you in your career?
Aside from the aforementioned Criminology and Psychology courses, liberal arts courses, in general, helped greatly in the development of my writing skills. As a police officer, and especially as a collision reconstructionist, the ability to clearly articulate the specifics and particulars of a case in a written report is very important.

Also, time management skills are an important aspect of being successful in the world of policing. I am certain that my time at St. Thomas helped me learn to better allocate and manage my time.