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Do you have what it takes to become a police officer?

With 23 gruelling weeks of training, 12 of those weeks in unfamiliar environments on site at the Ontario Police College, followed by another 90-plus days of on-the-job training, becoming a police officer is only for the truly dedicated.

Applying for a career in policing with Peel Regional Police is the first step, but actually getting on the job is the result of a lot of hard work. Once hired as a Recruit Constable, you endure almost six months of academic work and physical fitness training. Once you finish all of that, you have three more months of training with a coach officer out on patrol.

Gabriela Szumowski Teixeira and Kyle VanBokhorst share their experience as two recent recruits. Although their lives growing up may have been very different from one another’s they both had a common goal; to protect and serve their community by becoming police officers.

For as long as she can remember, Gabriela knew that one day she would become a police officer. Her parents told her stories of how she would pretend to be a detective and try to find ‘clues’. It was obvious from a very young age that her dream was to be a police officer. Gabriela thanks her late grandmother for her inspiration.

“My grandmother is someone I always looked up to and tried to emulate. She was a very strong, independent and empathetic person and she was also one of my biggest supporters. Unfortunately, she passed away before I received my job offer, but I know that having her as a role model growing up has shaped me into the woman I am today and I am eternally grateful to her for that.”

For Kyle, becoming a police officer was something that he’d thought about his entire life. There are pictures of him as a little boy riding up and down the street on his little police motorcycle. Since both of his parents worked for Peel Regional Police, Kyle became very familiar with the world of policing and what it took to wear the badge. Kyle’s father, Tim VanBokhorst who has worked with Peel Regional Police for 32 years, has always been a positive role model for Kyle. Not only has he shared with him a positive outlook about policing but in all aspects of life.

“He is someone who I truly respect as I have heard great things about him from other members of Peel Police,” Kyle said.

Kyle admires what his parents have been doing for their community and has always hoped to be lucky enough to join the effort one day.

“The past few months have been a dream come true and I cannot wait to get on the road,” said Kyle.

Kyle and Gabriela graduated with their classmates in June this year, receiving their police badges and were promoted to Fourth Class Constable.  

Kyle believes that “a good police officer should be honest, have integrity, be truthful, knowledgeable, reliable and most of all dependable”.

Gabriela knows that some of the qualities of being a good police officer are being “a well-rounded individual who possess integrity, accountability, commitment and passion for the community/people and is someone who can be self-motivated as well as team oriented”.

Peel Regional Police is committed to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting professional and skilled employees who reflect our community.

With almost 140 recruiting initiatives and over 2,000 police officers, it is dedicated to providing the citizens of Peel the best possible service by using the talent and skills of officers.

If you are interested in becoming a police officer with Peel Regional Police, visit our website at PeelPolice.ca/recruiting.

                                                                                                                                              – Peel Regional Police

Posted: Nov 4, 2019

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