The story below is Part 2 of 3 in a series by John Hunt titled "Our Good Fortune: Three Profiles of Our First Responders"
To read Part 1 -Brandon, DEL '10, click here.
Antoine, DEL ‘03
My time spent at De La Salle, although brief, would come to be the most influential
component to my adult life. I owe my respect and appreciation to Mr. Steve Dubrick for giving me the opportunity to enter into an established institution. I also thank Brother Dominic for accepting me into an enriched history of educational excellence.
I remember waking up and dreading being on the football field before school, at whatever ungodly time in the morning. Thinking back, it’s probably the only reason why we won our
Championships. This single life lesson taught me that hard work pays off, especially if you enjoy what you’re doing. It becomes less work and rather a normal part of your life that’s fulfilling. Policing to me is exactly that. It not only allows you to be part of a team, working against issues and challenges, while overcoming obstacles. It also leads you to a bit of enjoyment. Whether it’s putting a smile on the face of a person who just experienced the worst day of their lives, or taking someone into custody who would otherwise be out to harm society.
Police training can be summed up as a learning experience. There are times when book smarts will come in handy and times when life experience may save you from a harmful situation. Applying both equally tends to lead to a prosperous outcome. Training can be
difficult at times because a lot of what you come across is foreign to your life. Through repetition in dealing with various issues, one tends to become better at dealing with them in the future. As an Officer we’re given the basic tools to understand the challenges we will
face while out on duty and through experience, mold them to suit each obstacle we encounter, perfecting them along the way.
Training usually starts with memo-book note taking and perfecting the ability to gather important information in an organized manner, while at the same time preserving the safety of oneself and others around you. De La Salle helped prepare me for excelling in this aspect
of policing through its high demand for performance excellence, whether that be learning to use proper grammar in English class or developing questions for cross examination during law class.
I face many problems on a daily basis as an Officer in the city. With technology expanding faster than one can learn how to use it, staying safe is a concern. Some gadgets that appear harmless on the surface can actually be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Being thorough in investigations can help in detecting these dangers, preventing harm to persons in the vicinity. Toronto is known as the “Multicultural City” as it holds a vast cultural population.
Language barriers may arise at times making it difficult to understand the needs required in any specific situation. Illegal narcotics are becoming more potent and harder to recognize,
leaving Officers subject to potential cross contamination and injury. The service helps combat these problems through constant training and partnerships with agencies to help and assist
the needs of the community.
Overall, the satisfaction in a career in law enforcement is second to none. The skills and experiences gained within the career can be applied to any aspect of one’s regular and daily life. It can be humbling at times, exciting, frightening and frustrating, but always rewarding. Lessons are learned everyday, which better help us in preparing to shape a brighter future.
To read Part 3: Marco, DEL '07, click here.
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