Stories from those who serve.
Constable Corinne Kline has been a police officer with EPS for
twenty-one years. "And I’ve loved every minute of it!," says Corinne.
“I enjoy working for the EPS because of the people and the variety.
We call it a career within a career as there are so many different avenues one can go. I would say that once you join EPS, you
become part of a bigger family. You have the support of over
1500 other members”.
When asked about her time as a police recruit, Corinne says, “I started Recruit Class in September 2001. Class #98. It was the best time of my life! When you start class, it’s tough, it's like nothing else I have experienced. But, I’d forged great friendships with classmates and it prepared me for the next step entering patrol, as all new recruits begin. At that time, I was the only female in my squad. But it didn’t matter, I was treated as an equal - my first squad was so welcoming”.
Corinne has worked in multiple roles and units, including patrol, front counter, volunteer coordination, assisting domestic violence victims and her current role in the Community Engagement Unit.
“Not only am I a police officer, but I am also a mother of three. The great thing about the EPS is the various opportunities, and the ability to work in a part-time capacity. Right now, I am partnered with another constable who is a mom of two. The great thing about the flexibility of this career is just that, especially in my current role. I have the fortunate ability to adapt my schedule not only to the needs of the service, but the needs of my family.”
Corinne came to the EPS after taking the Police Studies Program at Grant MacEwan University. When asked about some advice to provide new applicants, or those considering a policing career, Corinne says:
“I started at 23. I think that is the perfect age. I highly recommend volunteering to gain extra perspective on what a policing career involves. I knew I wanted to be a police officer the moment I started volunteering at the front counter of a community station in November, 1997. The way the constables helped people, sparked my passion for just that. I’d also recommend speaking with the Recruiting Unit, or other EPS members; they are an essential resource to provide any guidance you need. It’s important to remember we all began as a new recruit”.
When she’s not helping others, she’s at home with her family of five! She enjoys weight lifting and is currently an avid runner as well. “That part is key, I highly recommend practicing your cardio in preparation for Recruit Training!” says Corinne. “I also jog my mind; I am an avid reader aiming for over fifty books per year.”
When you start class, it’s tough, it's like nothing else I have experienced... at that time, I was the only female in my squad. But it didn’t matter, I was treated as an equal - my first squad was so welcoming