2018 International Women's Day - Kathy Edwardson

2018 International Women's Day - Kathy Edwardson

2018 International Women’s Day – Kathy Edwardson


  1. How long you have been at the Police Service. What Unit do you work for and your job title?

I'm a Sergeant with the PAPS. I've been policing for 18 years and three months. My title is Office Manager.

  1. Can you provide a general description of your week-to-week duties?

I'm in charge of the Dispatch Centre and I liaise with the Public Safety Telecommunication Network. We have eight full-time staff and four casuals — they take all the calls that come into the dispatch centre.

  1. What training/education did you take for the job?

I spent 13 years in the Canadian Armed Forces and then I took an EMT course and then attended Police College in Regina. I've also taken allot of training courses over my policing career including specialized courses such as to be a negotiator and forensic interviewing, and intoxicator training etc.

  1. Why did you decide to join the police service?

In high school it was always my dream to be a police officer.

  1. What's the most enjoyable/rewarding part of your career?

You have lots of opportunity to make a difference in the community.

  1. Any advice for women who may encounter sexism or workplace challenges and obstacles?

Respect all people and in turn you have to demand respect from others. If you don't feel respected talk to the person who is being disrespectful and stop it before it gets out of hand.

  1. Who were your heroes or role models growing up?

My parents, family members, teachers and coaches. I looked up to them and they had the biggest impact on me.

  1. What are some things you wish you could tell the younger version of yourself?

Set goals early in life and work towards them slowly. If you do that, you can accomplish anything.

  1. Do you have any message you would like to say for young girls out there?

Policing is a great career. It is very rewarding it gives you all kinds of opportunities to be involved and get involved in the community.  Set your goals and go for it.

  1. Anything else you would like to add?

Be true to yourself.

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