Up to October 16′ 2004

Another week has quickly passed in beautiful Tumbler Ridge. As I’m sure that you will be able to tell by the difference in writing style Cpl. PEATS is still away this week. We had 15 calls to service this week. Quite a variety of matters. An erratic driving complaint involving a newer model small red car ripping around town.

Two calls assisting the Tumbler Ridge Fire Department who by the way still need volunteers. If interested you can contact Fire Chief Dan Golob at 242-3939.

Yet another motor vehicle accident with a moose. Major damage to the 2004 pickup truck, major damage to the moose. There was no need for us to dispatch the moose this time.

Thanksgiving brought with it two mischief complaints, a complaint of a disturbance involving fireworks and a report involving a loud party on the lower bench. A prowler was reported in a backyard where no one was home on the middle bench and there is a little less beer driving around out there.

I have been asked by some youth in our fine town about what they would need to do to become a RCMP so I thought that I would put a little info out there. The first thing that I will get out of the way is the “Basic Requirements.” These will seem fairly obvious to most. You must be:

-A Canadian citizen.

-Proficient in French and/or English.

-19 years of age or older at the time of enrollment. -Minimum of Grade 12 or equivalent from a Canadian educational institution.

-Possess a valid Class 5 Canadian Driver’s license.

-Meet physical and medical requirements.

-Be of good character.

If you meet these requirements then you can attempt what is typically a 12 to 18 month process.

Step 1 – Attend an information session. This lasts approximately 2 hours and answers a lot of questions you will have. Things like where you may be sent. Salary and other benefits. The kinds of work that you will have to do and the possible career paths you may be interested in.

For dates, times and locations, visit the RCMP National website under Recruiting: www.rcmn-grc.gc.ca Register for the test and go to Step 2.

Step 2 – Take the RCMP Police Aptitude Test.(RPAT) Write this test and keep your fingers crossed.

Step 3 – Depending on how you did on the RPAT you will be sent and have to complete an application package. This is where you will have to detail everywhere you have lived or worked for the past 10 years. You will complete a Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation. Basically run an obstacle course in a certain amount of time. This obstacle course mimics a foot chase where you have to jump over obstacles, climb up and down stairs, go over fences and ends in a physical confrontation. You will have your eyes and ears tested. Your sight must be good with out corrective lenses. I personally had worn contacts and had laser surgery when I was considering Fire fighting or Police work as a career. I now have better than 20/20 vision. Send this completed package off and wait for a call setting up an interview.

Step 4 – Security/Reliability interview. This interview will cover issues of integrity, character, lifestyle and ethics. If successful here you’ll go to Step 5.

Step 5 – Regular Member Selection interview. This interview will cover issues of integrity, character, lifestyle and ethics. If successful here you?ll go to Step 5.

Step 5 ? Regular Member Selection interview. This interview will look at if you possess the qualities considered essential to perform as an RCMP.

Step 6 – Background/Field investigation. This is where field investigators will speak with your family, friends, employers, landlords, ect…

Step 7 – Medical, Dental and Psychological exams.

Step S – Training prerequisites- You must obtain a standard first aid certificate and a typing certificate (showing you can type a minimum of 18 words per minute). Don’t worry that is pretty slow typing.

Step 9 – This is where you would be enrolled as a Cadet. Once here you wait to be called and told when you go to the Training Academy in Regina Saskatchewan for the 24 week training program. While there your room and board is paid but it is a good idea to have at least a few thousand for extras put away.

This career is not for everyone but if you think you may be interested you can check out the website I mentioned in Step I and go from there. Also while I did mention that youth in town had asked me about it this is not something where only certain age groups are hired. My Troop of 30 ranged in age from 19 to 36 and I have heard of recruits in their 50’s. Life experience can certainly be an asset when dealing with people. I hope this info helps if you or someone you know has an interest.

I’d also like to thank the Citizen on Patrol volunteers. They always show up on time or early for their patrols and you never know who is watching out there. They also give of their time to assist with other Community need when asked.

I’ll close with Cpl. PEATS “Keep it between the ditches” and add my own from my sport biking days “Keep it shiny side up.”

Thanks and don?t worry, Kurt will be back soon.


Tumbler Ridge RCMP