Stories from those who serve.
Detective Amanda Johnson was inspired to start a career in policing by her father, who is a member of the RCMP. She began her career with the RCMP before joining the EPS in 2015 having worked in Patrol, Missing Persons Unit and the Child Protection Section.
She credits her time working with Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories and her own Métis heritage for influencing how she approaches her work with EPS.
"I was posted to the North District Relief Unit, where I worked in most of the remote communities north of Yellowknife; I was very much involved in the communities. At one point, I was a part of Indigenous women empowerment group in Fort Good Hope," says Det. Johnson. "These experiences helped me understand the community and their deep-rooted traditions, beliefs and values. Living in the communities and both seeing and participating in their daily lives such as trapping, fishing, and hunting has positively influenced how I police."
Detective Johnson has participated in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's National Review. "I was able to bring my experience forward from working in the Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories as well as my own heritage. I worked with a number of different external and internal agencies that advocated for marginalized communities and built lasting relationships.
The Missing Persons Unit was a very rewarding place to work, to be able to bring home family members and friends to those who lost them - or at least give them some answers they may not have had before was very rewarding. This unit has provided a highlight for my career, and there is still much more to come.
Being a police officer with EPS has taken me so many amazing places. EPS is a family and many of my best friends are members that work alongside me. To be someone’s light on their darkest day is something that is hard to put into words. It is an extremely rewarding career with many different avenues to pursue, constantly learning new skills."
When asked what words you'd provide to people considering a police career with EPS Amanda offers, "every day is different and exciting. There are so many opportunities in one uniform. To be able to find your passion, work with friends, and continue learning is rare in a career".
To be someone’s light on their darkest day is something that is hard to put into words. It is an extremely rewarding career with many different avenues to pursue, constantly learning new skills