Shiny new badges

Moose Jaw Po­lice Ser­vice swears in two new of­fi­cers

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - FRONT PAGE - SARAH LADIK

And with that ap­point­ment comes a lot of au­thor­ity, and with that comes a lot of ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Po­lice Chief Rick Bourassa

Two more faces will be join­ing the ranks of the city po­lice.

“You have been ap­pointed pub­lic of­fi­cials,” said Po­lice Chief Rick Bourassa in a cer­e­mony at the sta­tion on Fri­day af­ter­noon. “And with that ap­point­ment comes a lot of au­thor­ity, and with that comes a lot of ac­count­abil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Jor­dan Lons­berry and Yan­nick Da Prato stood be­fore a room full of fam­ily, friends, and their fu­ture peers and swore oaths to up­hold the law, keep what they learn safely con­fi­den­tial, and to be of up­stand­ing char­ac­ter. On Mon­day, they will en­ter the po­lice col­lege in Regina, where they will com­plete a 20-week course to be­come po­lice of­fi­cers.

“I’m a big com­mu­nity per­son, so com­ing here and be­ing able to help peo­ple is the big­gest thing I’m look­ing for­ward to,” said Lon­berry.

Born in Este­van and raised in Man­i­toba, she has wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer since she was 18. She came back to the prov­ince about 10 years ago and the newly-minted of­fi­cer said she was pleased to be able to stay close to where she calls home.

“I had ap­plied to a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent places, but this is close to home for me,” Lons­berry said. “My fam­ily is still in Este­van, it’s a nice city, and it won’t up­root my life.”

Da Prato is from the Mon­treal area of Que­bec and has been a deputy sher­iff work­ing in court houses for some time. He said he de­cided to ap­ply with the Moose Jaw force be­cause of the team spirit he sees in the small force.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer,” he said. “This is re­ally an ac­com­plish­ment for me.”

Judge Douglas Ko­vatch of­fi­ci­ated the cer­e­mony and spoke af­ter­wards, jok­ing that he seems to have sworn in about half the force over the years. He told the Times-Her­ald af­ter­wards that it’s a part of the job he es­pe­cially en­joys.

“Un­for­tu­nately in my de­ci­sions, if they do some­thing wrong I have to point it out,” he said. “One rarely gets the op­por­tu­nity to say they’re do­ing a good job.”

While the tone of the event was over­all light­hearted and cel­e­bra­tory, Bourassa es­poused a more se­ri­ous ap­proach when he echoed Ko­vatch in say­ing that good po­lice of­fi­cers are, first and fore­most, good peo­ple.

“We look to you to be peace­keep­ers, prob­lem solvers, crime pre­ven­ters, but most im­por­tantly, com­mu­nity builders,” he said.

The re­cruits will now be put through their paces in a gru­el­ing train­ing pro­gram, and Bourassa said their strengths and abil­i­ties will truly be de­ter­mined once they start work. Once on the streets, they will join the rest of the ser­vice as am­bas­sadors for the gov­ern­ment au­thor­ity in the com­mu­nity.

“Po­lice are very of­ten the most vis­i­ble and most pub­lic face of that au­thor­ity,” he said, ad­ding that the job in­cludes but is in no way lim­ited to law en­force­ment. “Just by its very na­ture it puts us into an am­bas­sado­rial role.”



From left, Judge Douglas Ko­vatch, Yan­nick Da Prato, Jor­dan Lons­berry, Mayor Fraser Tolmie, and Po­lice Chief Rick Bourassa pose for nu­mer­ous cam­eras af­ter the cer­e­mony on Fri­day.


Po­lice Chief Rick Bourassa pins a badge on new re­cruit Yan­nick Da Prato.

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