That was a pivotal moment in my life, I knew then what I didn’t want to be. I didn’t want to be that kind of man. I wanted to be a protector. When police were called to the house, everything calmed down. I didn’t understand the legal consequences, all I knew was once they showed up everything was calm when previously everyone was fighting. That’s where I found my respect for policing.
I’ve been an officer in Pickering, on Lake Ontario, for about 6 years now, it’s where I grew up. People say don’t work where you live but, for me, it depends on the individual and their policing style. I don’t mind seeing people I know as I can treat them with respect, it helps as I know where they’re coming from. As an officer you build relationships, communication is your primary tool, your job is basically to talk to people, that’s pretty much it.
This year, I hope to get a School Resource Officer posting. Of course, a lot of what we do with schools at the moment is remote, so it helps that I love tech and have access to social media which is such a great platform for connecting, particularly with younger people. In my downtime, I love dancing, playing basketball, and playing video games. They say ‘Call of Duty’ is an addiction; if that’s the case, it’s my only one and I’m going to keep it that way.
Since giving the above interview, Jarrod has achieved his goal of becoming a Student Liaison Officer.