If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be like Jake and Amy from Brooklyn Nine Nine, then this interview is for you. This Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer spends her days (and sometimes nights) investigating serious crimes, but instead of Brooklyn, picture B.C. And instead of car chases, picture lots and lots of paperwork. OK, maybe reality isn’t as much like a sit-com as we imagine. We caught up with her to learn about investigating serious crimes, what it is really like to move across the country for work, and how she keeps stress in check with work and two kids under 4-years-old at home.
The interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
This is how she does it
Location: British Columbia
Marital Status: Common Law
Salary: $86,000/year plus overtime.
Why did you get into policing?
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How did you end up in British Columbia?
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What it’s like working on serious crimes?
And then it's more of a paperwork and document game. I don't think people realize how much paperwork we go through. I'd say that's like 75 to 80% of the job.
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What are RCMP officer hours like?
It's unpredictable in terms of what kind of files you get. You have to just react to it. There have been seasons where it's really slow and there’s other seasons where there are three homicides you have to deal with.
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How do you handle the work stress and crazy hours?
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How do you balance your job and your health with two young kids?
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How has having young kids affected your career?
I'm lucky in the fact that my husband is very active in parenting. So I'm not doing it all my own. We also have a really amazing nanny that we pretty much call our third parent.
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What has it been like being a woman in policing?
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What should women know before considering a career in the RCMP?
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Do you own your home or rent? How much are houses?
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Is your mortgage your biggest expense?
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What’s it like to move across the country?
I think that (visiting family in Ontario) would probably be (our) biggest expense. In order to just fly out you have to go to Vancouver. It's kind of like our vacation. We never really have vacation because it's usually going home to family, which is not the same thing.
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Do you and your partner talk about money?
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How do you budget?
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How did you learn about money? Parents, friends, trial and error?
My sister taught me a lot. She's really smart with numbers. She gave me like an excel formula the first time I was learning about finance and budgeting. She helped me significantly pay off my student debt.
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What’s one area you wish you could do better with money?
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What’s one piece of advice you’d give to our readers?
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