Stories from those who serve.
Constable Boateng is entering his eighth year of policing with the Edmonton Police Service. In that time, he's gained experience supporting teams in Patrol, Investigations, Warrant Apprehension/Diversion, and Northwest Beats.
“I’m a first generation Canadian from Ghanian heritage, my parents immigrated to Canada in the 70s”. I wanted to help, interact and meet people from all walks of life. I get that opportunity daily in this career” says Kwaku.
When asked about what he enjoys most about working for the EPS he says, “It’s definitely the work-life balance. I’ve also had many positions afforded to me; it’s really helped grow my skill set and develop where
I want to see my career go. I also particularly enjoy patrol. I get to help people from different backgrounds, all walks of life really. No two days are the same.
Initially I went to post-secondary, earning a degree in Psychology.
I felt that my education would serve me well in a policing career;
we help individuals in crisis and all sorts of situations. I wanted a background that helped me learn more about what they might be experiencing. You don’t need a policing background to become a police officer” says Kwaku.
Kwaku offers the following advice to those seeking a policing career: “Maintain hobbies, and healthy relationships with friends. The reality of the job can be stressful at times and everyone will reach a point where they need to disconnect and reset. Your hobbies and relationships will allow you to remain level headed and prepared to meet the challenges ahead. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, your squad and team mates will be there to correct and encourage you along the way.
In his spare time, Kwaku plays competitive men's league soccer.
“I love staying active – it’s an outlet that lets me recharge and burn off a little steam. A policing job offers plenty of room and encouragement to grow yourself, both physically, and psychologically”.
I’m a first generation Canadian from Ghanian heritage, my parents immigrated to Canada in the 70s”. I wanted to help, interact and meet people from all walks of life. I get that opportunity daily in this career” says Kwaku.