Stories from those who serve.
Chelsea is in her 12th year of policing for the EPS, having worked in various roles including patrol, beats, drug investigations, member support/critical stress management, reporting and now in the Recruiting Unit playing a key role with the 2SLGBTQ+ employee resource group.
“A career in policing was never really a goal of mine. In university, I planned to specialize in psychology and see where that took me. Instead, I did a ride along with EPS and that is what caught my attention for this career! I loved that every call and every shift was different, the team atmosphere with your squad mates, and I honestly just wanted to be in a career where I could help others” says Chelsea.
When asked about her reasons behind choosing the EPS as her career path, Chelsea says, “You really get to drive your career path of what areas and units you enjoy working in. That is one of the key reasons I enjoy this career and this organization. I steered my career from community and drug related work and when I felt it was time to switch gears to mental health, I was able to do that. It provides a feeling of accomplishment and keeps that passion ignited.”
When asked to provide a few words of encouragement for new applicants, Chelsea mentioned, “Words that I live by and that I share with others is ‘Patience and Persistence’. These were words given to me by my mentor (who is now a retired EPS member) while I was working through my deferral. They carry over to the challenges that this career can have. But with the patience to work through the challenges and the persistence in not giving up, you can succeed in where your goals and drive are taking you!”
Words that I live by are 'patience and persistence'. These were words given to me by my mentor while I was working through my deferral. They carry over to the challenges that this career can have