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Richelle Perkins began her uniformed officer career at the age of 21 and she worked as a Border Services Officer for 25 years in southeast Saskatchewan. She has worked at 36 CBSA locations in Canada over the years. A prairie girl at heart, she was fortunate to land a substantive job near her home town and settled in with her husband and children. Guarding the border has given her all kinds of experiences with all kinds of people and the best part of her career has been the variety each and every day. Never knowing who or what would be driving or walking to the border, flying, sailing, sent or smuggled to Canada has made work days challenging and interesting. She has spent time as a manager as well as a union executive. She has been a mentor and trainer continuously over the years and specializes in commercial operations and specialized search techniques. For the past 11 years, Richelle has been delivering firearms field training and recertification. The role of Firearms Instructor has been the most challenging, yet rewarding opportunity to date. She has been an volunteer Employee Peer Support Agent for her colleagues for many years and is involved in the employee support network, including critical incident management. Richelle’s interest in helping others and serving as a role model and leader is a source of pride. She became involved with Future Women in Law Enforcement several years ago and participated in facilitating a workshop in Calgary in 2019. This experience fuelled her drive to volunteer her time and talents to network and make meaningful connections with other women in policing. Contact Richelle at email@example.com
Inspector Laurel Marshall oversees the Community Services Division – South District with the Regina Police Service. She joined the service in 1998 and feels honored to police the community in which she was born and raised. Having enjoyed 9 years of her career in Patrol, Laurel feels fortunate to have had opportunities to explore other aspects of policing in the Investigative Support Division – Street Crimes Unit and the Major Crimes Unit, the Support Services Division – Forensic Identification Unit and assigned special projects with the Cold Case Unit and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. Her fondness for teaching also lead her to instructing Defensive Tactics with the Saskatchewan Police College for 9 years. Within the RPS she was a Field Training Officer and instructed Defensive Tactics, Firearms, CEW and ASP. As a mother, wife and police officer, incorporating a healthy balance between work and home life is a top priority. As the Interim Professional Development Director of SWIP, Laurel is excited to be working alongside a talented group of her peers to support, connect and nurture leadership for women in law firstname.lastname@example.org
Superintendent Cameron McBride is a 25 year member of the Saskatoon Police Service, and currently oversees Patrol Division. He has a wide range of policing experience, including Patrol, Traffic, Patrol Supervision, and Forensic Identification. Supt McBride was promoted to Superintendent October 1st, 2020, and enjoys the team focused environment of uniformed policing. In addition to his assigned duties, he was also part of the Explosives Unit for 16 years, and was instrumental in getting the SPS Unmanned Aerial Systems Program in place.
Personal wellness is a passion of Supt McBride. Together with his wife Candy, they have spoken to numerous police organizations on the topic of maintaining balance, and surviving a policing career with family and relationships intact. This desire to support police families has taken them as far as Pana City, where they spent a week with the Aero Naval, presenting on life balance, resiliency, and relationships within the context of law enforcement. The same desire to impact people in a good way led them to Manila, to assist in the creation of an orphanage and scholarship program, enabling unhoused children the opportunity to go to school.
Superintendent McBride is excited to support Saskatchewan Women in Policing, and looks forward to participating in the inclusion, empowerment and training of women to be leaders within our respective organizations.
Insp. Tammy Patterson is in her 30th year with the RCMP and is proud to have raised her children and spent all of her policing career in the Province of Saskatchewan. Tammy joined the RCMP in 1992 out of the Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec. Currently the Officer in Charge of Crime Reduction/Crime Prevention, Tammy has had the opportunity to work in various roles throughout her career. In addition to front line District, Detachment, and First Nations policing she has worked as a Police Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Sergeant Major at the RCMP Academy. Tammy is excited to be a part of SWIP and this opportunity to support, uplift and train with other women in law enforcement. Tammy can be reached at email@example.com.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Tonya is proud to serve her community as a 20-year member alongside the many exceptional men and women of the Saskatoon Police Service. As an energetic and positive team leader committed to excellence in service, she has served the majority of her career in Patrol Services. Tonya’s career acknowledgments include having twice been awarded the Chief’s Award of Excellence for courage, she shares the Chief’s Team Award for exemplified cooperative efforts in the fulfillment of a difficult high – risk incident, and she has received a Commendation from the Governor General of Canada for an act of great merit. One of Tonya’s fun career highlights was participating with her team in the making of the SPS Lip Sync Video. Tonya is fiercely passionate about contributing to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women within her organization.
Besides the hustle associated to a dynamic career in policing and the raising of five children, she is currently entering her third year of a Hons BA in Policing with Wilfrid Laurier University.
Tonya is proud to serve as your Vice President and she is excited to contribute to the evolution of Saskatchewan Women in Policing.
Contact Tonya at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt. Lisa Simonson has been policing for the past 21 years and has proudly served her community. Lisa began her policing career with the Vancouver Police Department in 2000 (PC 2016) and, in 2002, she moved to back to her hometown of Edmonton and joined the Edmonton Police Service as an experienced officer (Reg# 2362). In 2011, Lisa and her husband (Cst. Derek Simonson) moved their family to his hometown of Prince Albert, and joined the Prince Albert Police Service as an experienced officer. For the past 4 ½ years, Lisa has been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division – Major Crimes. She has been fortunate to have had a diverse career working in Patrol, Family Safety Unit, Firearms Instructor, Special Project Teams, Source Management & Witness Protection and as a Beat Officer. Lisa is honoured to be the inaugural President of SWIP. She is passionate about raising the value of diversity and creating a space for women in law enforcement to grow, connect and succeed. Contact Lisa at email@example.com
Kait Quinn has dedicated her professional and academic life to specializing in policing policy, programs and contemporary issues in both national and provincial contexts. Before serving in her current role with the Research and Implementation Branch of Integrated Justice Services (Government of Saskatchewan), she served as the Policy, Standards and Compliance Officer with the Saskatchewan Police Commission, the Program Manager of the province’s municipal and First Nations policing program contracts, and as the Senior Policy Analyst assigned to Saskatchewan policing initiatives and related national policy issues. Kait has particular specialization in the areas of First Nations policing, civilian oversight, community policing and alternative policing models. Kait is a strong advocate and supporter of women serving in uniform, and is excited to be part of the Saskatchewan Women in Policing Advisory Committee!
Katrina M. Swan, Q.C, grew up knowing she wanted to be a lawyer. She obtained her B.A. (Hons) in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 and her J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. She was called to the Bar in Saskatchewan in 2002. After becoming a lawyer, Katrina briefly considered joining the RCMP, but instead chose to apply her legal skills as a lawyer working for police. She has worked with the Regina Police Service and the Regina Board of Police Commissioners since 2005. As the sole lawyer working for the Regina Police Service, Katrina provides strategic and legal advice to the Chief of Police on all aspects of the law. She is widely viewed as an expert on the law of policing in Saskatchewan, and is happy to share her knowledge when requested. Katrina acted as legal counsel for the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, travelling across Canada participating in the public hearings. This important work was the high point of Katrina’s legal career, and she carries the lessons learned during the Inquiry close to her heart, remaining a committed advocate for the Calls for Justice. In 2020, she was honoured to receive her Queen’s Counsel designation, which recognizes contributions to the legal profession, and lawyers who have demonstrated superior legal ability. Katrina is very proud to be a member of the SWIP Advisory Board, and looks forward to supporting the advancement of women in law enforcement
Sandra Burrows is the Human Resources Manager at the Regina Police Service, having joined RPS in 2018. Sandra has worked in the public sector in human resources and communication positions for over 30 years.
Some areas of focus included business partner HR service delivery, compensation, change management, strategy and culture. In addition to undergraduate degrees, Sandra holds a Master’s degree in Organization Psychology. Sandra is excited about the formation of SWIP and the contributions that can be made together with RPS members, stakeholders, supporters and allies. The goals and objectives of SWIP support and contribute to diversity and inclusion outcomes pursued by RPS.
Sandra is impassioned by initiatives such as SWIP, (having sat on the provincial Status of Women committee many years ago), as well as her continued focus on EDI at RPS.
Inspector Mushka is a member of the Prince Albert Police Service and is currently the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. In addition to oversight of investigation units, he is also responsible for several portfolios including professional standards, LAFOIP, internal policy, and Canadian Police College training.
Inspector Mushka joined the Prince Albert Police Service in January 2001 and has enjoyed a diverse career working in patrol, canine, SWAT, and Major Crimes. In 2014, while working in the Major Crimes Unit, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he remained until 2018 when he was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. In January 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and transferred to his current position. Since his promotion, he has completed the Senior Police Management Course and the Executive Development Course at the Canadian Police College.
Aside from his operational experience, Inspector Mushka previously served as a member of his local police association for eight years (2010 -2018) where he attended several provincial and national conferences focused on labour management, conflict resolution, and collective bargaining.
Inspector Mushka and his wife Alysia have two beautiful children, Ayma (7) and Crew (5). Inspector Mushka is honoured to have been invited to participate in the Saskatchewan Women in Policing as a member of the Advisory Board and is a strong advocate of equality and diversity for women in law enforcement.
Lorilee Davies is a Superintendent with the Regina Police Service. She has 24 years of policing experience in Regina and has worked in a multitude of areas within the Service. She is committed to increasing female membership in the Service, especially in the supervisory and leadership roles. RPS is aiming to have 30 percent of their sworn members’ female by the year 2030. Lorilee is a member of the RPS Executive team and the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. She is also the only female Critical Incident Commander at the Regina Police Service. Lorilee spent 12 years as an Executive member of the Regina Police Association and is currently the President of the Regina Senior Officers Association. Lorilee is the mom of two daughters and is busy as a chauffeur and coach for their many endeavors. The entire family enjoys spending time outdoors and especially loves hiking and rock climbing.Previous to policing, Lorilee worked in the media industry in both radio and television as a reporter.
Kelsie Fraser is the Senior Coordinator, Public Relations & Strategic Communications with the Saskatoon Police Service. From airline bomb threats to barricaded persons to homicides, she has used social and traditional media to deliver relevant and timely information to the community. Kelsie understands the importance of listening, monitoring and engaging with the community and media on social media with consideration for operational tactics. She has taught and consulted with police officers and agencies from across Saskatchewan on social media use in law enforcement and presented at municipal, provincial, national and international meetings and conferences. Kelsie created the Saskatchewan Law Enforcement Social Media Group (#SLESMG), which brings law enforcement personnel together from across the province to create a working social media group to share ideas and find creative solutions to issues that we face as an industry. The group is a first of its kind in Canada. Contact Kelsie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Det./Sgt. Colleen Reddekopp has been a Conservation Officer for the Province of Saskatchewan for over 25 years. Colleen’s first posting was at Meadow Lake Provincial park in 1995. Since then, she has been stationed in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Spiritwood, and currently Prince Albert again. Colleen recently achieved a promotion to Detective Sergeant in the Enforcement and Investigations Section and specializes in Environmental Enforcement. She has been an active member of the Ministry of Environment Honour Guard and takes pride in representing fellow officers at important memorials and celebrations in this role. Colleen is very excited to play a part in SWIP and is confident that this will be integral in creating a positive forum for other women in policing across Saskatchewan. Contact Colleen at email@example.com
Cst. Stephany has over 24 years in Emergency Services. She began her career as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1997, and in 2008, was hired as a Casual Communications Officer with the Estevan Police Service. In 2010, she was hired as a Constable and went off to the Police College in 2011. Danielle and her partner, Cst. Don Dechief, have 6 children, 3 grandchildren and another on the way. In her 10 years with the Police Service, she has worked in General Patrol, Traffic Services, as a School Resource Officer, Crisis Negotiator, and for the past year, has been working as the Court Liaison Officer. Danielle is very passionate about her job and continues to be very committed to volunteering within her community whether it be as a coach, or as a board member on various committees. She is honoured to be part of a group that will allow women growth within this industry and provide a network for women to share experiences and knowledge in order for us to grow together in this always changing world of policing. Contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
S/Sgt. Marlie Frei has been Policing in Moose Jaw for 20 years. In 2001 she was hired by the Moose Jaw Police Service and moved her family from Regina to Moose Jaw to begin her career. Marlie now calls Moose Jaw home. Marlie has worked in different areas within the Service which includes 6 years in the Criminal Investigation Section with a focus on Child Abuse and Child Sexual Assault investigations. Throughout her career Marlie has had the opportunity to instruct and facilitatedifferent courses at the Saskatchewan PoliceCollege. Marlie has been a Crisis Negotiator for the past 13 years and is currently in the Patrol Division. Marlie appreciates and admires all the hard work and professional gains women in law enforcement have established before her and is excited to continue the work and help create an environment of advancement, value and unity. Contact Marlie at email@example.com.
Located in the heart of the southeast, and home of approximately 11,000 you will find the Weyburn Police Service. On Dec 1, 2000, after attending the University of Manitoba and earning a Bachelor of Arts and majoring in criminology, Cst. Mintenko began her career as the second female officer in the history of the department. Over time, Melinda has worked extensively with community agencies such as Schools, Social Services, Saskatchewan Health Authority- Mental Health, Child and Youth, Addictions, and Envision Counseling Service. She has initiated and helped develop community based programs that have educated individuals on the topics of cyber bullying, fraud and impaired driving awareness.
Some of her training includes; Applied suicide intervention, Responding to School Crisis, Forensic Child Interviewing, Advanced Interviewing techniques, Statement Analysis, Threat Assessment I and II, and trauma response, Rapid Deployment/Active shooters, Child Exploitation and human trafficking, Bicycle patrol, Viclas, OHS levels I and II, CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design), DARE instructor training (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Effective Presentations, Cultural relations, & Emergency Preparedness.
In 2018 she was awarded the Chief’s Commendation for Community Policing for unfailing dedication to the betterment of the community through innovation problem solving and community partnerships and in particular for her initiative and development of a public awareness campaign, “This Ride’s on Us,” designed to reduce impaired driving in Weyburn and area.
For this same campaign, she was also awarded the Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Award for Excellence in Policing for developing and strengthening community partnerships through her passion, professionalism and positive attitude. Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police Community Policing award,November 2018, she represented Weyburn Police Service internationally by running the Rock N Roll ½ marathon in Las Vegas in full uniform and raising awareness for mental health and fallen officers.
She continues to be part of the Southeast community mobilization (HUB) which “brings partnering service providing agencies together to supply immediate and co-ordinated intervention to those individuals who are suffering from acutely elevated levels of risk.”
She has put together multiple community assessments to assist businesses in finding solutions for safety related issues by using her CPTED training (Crime prevention through environmental design). She continues to act as a training officer to new recruits. Today, behind the uniform she is a mother of three young children and a wife to a busy entertainer /paramedic who works around her schedule and shares all life’s responsibilities. In August 2018, she attended the International Women and Policing conference and was empowered by strong women around the globe and motivated further to help drive change. The years have brought with them many challenges, however, one thing has always remained the same for her and that is her love in helping her citizens.
Contact Melinda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sgt. Kim Stewart is an RCMP member coming from Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Sgt. Stewart convocated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts (4 yr Sociology) and a Bachelor of Commerce. Along the way, she discovered her love of policing and graduated from Depot in Regina in March, 2002. All of her service has been in Saskatchewan. Kim has been posted to Hudson Bay, Green Lake, Regina Commercial Crime, North Battleford, Yorkton City Detachment, Federal Serious and Organized Crime in Regina. She is currently the Grievance/Admin Reviewer with the Employment Requirements Unit for the division. Kim’s husband is also an RCMP member; they live in Regina with their three children and a new puppy, Bruin. Kim is grateful to be part of this group and can’t wait to see where the group is going to go. Contact Kim at email@example.com
Constable Andrea Vogel is a 15- year member with the Saskatoon Police Service. She has had a diverse career working in Patrol and in Criminal Investigations, and is currently assigned to the Saskatoon Police Service Drug Unit. In addition to regular duties, she is a trained arson investigator and instructs the Search Warrant Writer’s Course and the Investigative File Management Course at the Saskatchewan Police College. Andrea is passionate about her job and is excited to create connections for and with women in law enforcement and help to establish a network for women in policing. Click on firstname.lastname@example.org to send Andrea an email.
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