Shiny new badges
Moose Jaw Police Service swears in two new officers
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.