Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

Iden­ti­fy­ing crimes in progress, in­clud­ing rob­beries. Lo­cat­ing miss­ing per­sons. Pro­vid­ing over 8,500 hours of beat pa­trol. Wag­ner pro­vided a typ­i­cal ex­am­ple of the value of the cadet foot pa­trol. She re­called that on one oc­ca­sion the cadets were guard­ing a mur­der scene dur­ing which time they were pro­vided with a de­scrip­tion of a sus­pect. Within only a few hours, the cadets iden­ti­fied two males match­ing the de­scrip­tion and for­warded this in­for­ma­tion to their su­pe­ri­ors. As a re­sult, the sus­pects were quickly ap­pre­hended. The two cadets were rec­om­mended for a com­men­da­tion in recog­ni­tion of their keen ob­ser­va­tion skills.

What do the aux­il­iary cadets them­selves have to say? Two grad­u­ates pro­vided their view of the pro­gram. Dar­rel Manoos­ingh, now a fully trained po­lice of­fi­cer and a cadet from the 2010 pro­gram, said “the ex­pe­ri­ence ce­mented in my mind that I wanted to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer and in my opinion was the sin­gle great­est con­tribut­ing fac­tor that al­lowed me to pur­sue my goal.” Manoos­ingh, a pro­fes­sional with over 20 years’ ca­reer suc­cess in an­other field, had al­ways felt a long­ing for com­mu­nity ser­vice and polic­ing. Tak­ing the risk of leav­ing be­hind all of his ear­lier ac­com­plish­ments and test­ing out a sec­ond ca­reer was ob­vi­ously a good de­ci­sion.

Erin Beaudry, on the other hand, had al­ways wanted an “ex­cit­ing” ca­reer such as a po­lice of­fi­cer. Yet, she put this goal aside and first trained as a para­medic. How­ever, when the cadet pro­gram be­came avail­able, Beaudry knew this was the right di­rec­tion for her. To­day, Beaudry says that be­ing a cadet was “such a great ex­pe­ri­ence. It has made me more con­fi­dent now that I’m a po­lice of­fi­cer,

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