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Constable Chris Liew

What did you do prior to becoming a police officer? Did you attend post-secondary or what jobs have you done prior to policing?
I worked a few jobs prior to becoming a police officer. I worked in Loss Prevention for a few years, and at Yellow Pages prior to moving to Edmonton. I did attended 2 years post-secondary in B.C.

What are your interests and hobbies?
I am an avid camper, we've been camping every year since we moved to Alberta. I also love reading, mainly fiction in history and war stories.

How did you prepare for the application process and recruit training class?
I trained with a person trainer for a bit, and did a few ride along prior to joining.

What is your current position, rank and how many years have you been a police officer?
I have been with EPS for the past 8.5 years and currently a constable working with West Division. I plan on going back to patrol division shortly.

Why did you choose a career in policing with the Edmonton Police Service?
I picked EPS because of the reputation it had and I was looking for a change (from B.C).

How do you think women contribute to the job?
Women bring a very different perspective to the job, and it definitely balance out the dynamic of a squad/team. I am not going to say females are more sensitive, however, a lot of the time, complainants feels at ease speaking with female member. I have a lot of fun working solely with female partner in a squad.

What units have you worked in during your career and where do you hope to go in the future?
I started out in patrol just like everyone else, at North Division. I spent 5 years there, before I moved onto STAT (Specialized Traffic Apprehension Team). I had a blast both in patrol and STAT, thoroughly enjoyed what I did, and had have a really good partner and squad. I then moved into Cyber Crime where I spent about a year there before deciding to come back operational.

In the future, I aspire to become a detective in ICE (Integrated Exploitation Unit).

What suggestions can you give a female trying to get on the job?
Seek out a mentor as early as possible. Often time we are shy to ask for advice, but advice is always ready to be given if asked.

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