The SQ wants more diversity in its police officers

News 21 January, 2018
  • Photo Benoît Philie
    The Montreal Veronika Mikulis has just filed its application to become a police officer with the Sûreté du Québec. The 22 year old female, who works at the gym B52 in Saint-Henri in addition to playing tennis, decided to redirect his career after his bachelor’s degree in criminology.

    Benoît Philie

    Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:00

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    Security officers, lawyers, firefighters, sociologists… the Sûreté du Québec, update on the recruitment of new officers in this year’s civil society to expand its ranks with the best candidates possible.

    “The idea is to get people who have not been in police techniques, but who have a professional or academic different, explains to the Newspaper the spokesman of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), Martine Asselin. We will draw on their experience for us to diversify, a little to the image of the company. “

    A fortnight of “conventional” join the provincial police each year after having decided to change careers or refocus their studies. The majority of them come from the areas of security, law, and criminology.

    Unlike other police officers, they do not have to follow the technical police of 3 years and can start patrolling after a little over a year of intensive training at college and at the École nationale de police du Québec.

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    Martine Asselin

    Sûreté du Québec

    Worker substance abuse

    “We just alter the stages of recruitment to facilitate the recruitment and finding the best candidates,” says Ms. Asselin.

    A polygraph test [lie detector] is now obligatory and ensures the integrity of the candidates conventional. A team of recruiters has also been established to analyze the records.

    The) Annabelle Fournier, 24, is part of the latest wave of hiring. She began patrolling in Drummondville last month, after completing his bachelor’s in psychoeducation and abandoned its work of intervening in substance abuse.

    “When I was in college, I do not know enough to choose my profession and I wanted to open all the doors,” she said. And then to force to work with a more adventurous woman, I realized that the career in policing was often in my thoughts. “

    “Until now, it’s going very well. There are a lot of challenges on the ground, ” she adds.

    Dream of youth

    Veronika Mikulis, 22 years old, hopes to follow in the footsteps of Ms. Fournier. She has recently submitted its application after having attended an information session of the SQ, which is already taking on a new wave of hiring.

    “I’ve always wanted to be a police like my grandfather,” said the bachelor in criminology. But I had a scholarship to play tennis in the United States, then I pushed back my choice.”

    Waiting to have a return of the police force, she plays tennis and works in a gym.

    Although the treaty-making process leads to the police profession more quickly, there are, however, not of privileges, says Martine Asselin.

    “They begin with the patrol, like other police officers, and must be prepared to work to the four corners of the province,” says the spokesperson.

    Since 2011, approximately 90 police officers-conventional are attached to the SQ, whose numbers amounted to about 7,700 people across the province. The SQ is hiring about 200 people per year.