Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION: Is policing a job for you?
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 8 Sep 2006, p. 6

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It can't be easy being a cop-- especially since our population continues to grow in leaps and bounds without the necessary services in place to sustain the growth. Of course residents expect (demand?) the same level of police service they have been enjoying over the years. That service can mean anything from responding to traffic accidents to diffusing a tense domestic situation to comforting a lost child to breaking the news that a loved one won't be coming home again. A police officer's job-- or calling-- demands that the individual be a caring but strong soul, a marriage counsellor, child care advocate, teacher, social worker and, when required, a midwife. Somehow the policeman or woman is expected to be all of that, often with little appreciation from the community they serve. But for most of the police officers who make it their life's quest to improve the lives of others and the safety of towns and cities in which they work, they wouldn't want to change their profession. They love the job and embrace all of its daily challenges. Their enthusiasm for policing is readily apparent in the new recruitment campaign being promoted by Halton Regional Police Service. "Variety is the spice of life, so policing is very challenging and rewarding­ plus you can really help people," says Media Relations Officer Sgt. Peter Payne. "You can look in the mirror and tell yourself you made a difference. If you're dedicated to helping people, this is the job for you." Halton Police are currently looking to draw from a large pool of applicants and want to encourage local residents to consider a career in policing. If you have what it takes to serve and protect the people of Halton, you might want to check out www.hrps.on.ca or call the recruitment information line at 905-634-1831, ext. 5116.

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OPINION: Is policing a job for you?