Superintendent Darlene Savoie
What did you do prior to becoming a police officer? What is your background? What is your education? What are your interests and hobbies?
I have a bachelor of arts degree and a law degree, both from the University of Alberta. While a student, I worked various part time jobs including delivering mail for Canada Post, working for the Alberta Liquor Control Board and waitressing. My interests are mainly my family and athletics.
What is your current position, rank and how many years have you been a police officer?
I work in an operational capacity as a duty officer. My current rank is inspector* and I have been a police officer for 18 years.
Why did you choose EPS?
My twin sister was an EPS officer.
How do you think women contribute to the job?
I prefer not to focus on whether one is male or female. Regardless of your gender, if you care about people, are ethical, and have a good work ethic, you have a lot to offer the EPS.
Where have you been in your career and where do you want to go?
I have worked:
- in West Division patrol for five years;
- at West Division during law school breaks;
- in the Legal Advisors' Section for five years;
- in the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affairs Section) for two years; and
- as watch commander in SE Division for three years.
I currently work as a duty officer and I’m exactly where I want to be.
What suggestions can you give a female trying to get on the job?
If you have started or plan on starting college or university, graduate prior to applying. Go on a couple of ride-alongs to see if the job is for you. Also, get in great shape before applying.
*since this article has been published, Darlene Savoie has been promoted to Superintendent.