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Detective Lisa Mah

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 was hired by the EPS when I was 21 years old. I had completed my bachelor of arts degree at the University of Alberta and had summer positions with the law courts.

How did you prepare for the process and training?
I became interested in policing about two years into my degree, and started to ensure that I would be able to meet the physical testing requirements at that time. I also volunteered at one of the community stations to get to know what policing was about and was also able to obtain a summer position with the EPS (STEP position that was offered at that time).

What is your current position, rank and how many years have you been a police officer?
I’m currently in my 16th year and am a detective in Southeast Patrol Support.

Why did you choose EPS?
Researching the various agencies, I found the EPS to be highly competitive and it was considered to be an outstanding agency. Also, the EPS offered better internal job opportunities within the agency and was close to family.

How do you think women contribute to the job?
Women do deal with situations differently and can be an asset to certain calls. I believe that women in policing bring a different aspect to policing and women give policing a different career look.

Where have you been in your career and where do you want to go?
I’ve been in Patrol, Communications, Cells, Recruiting, Recruit Selection Unit, and the Special Projects Team.  I am currently a detective with Patrol Support Team.

What suggestions can you give a female trying to get on the job?
Don’t give up and don’t lose focus. This is still a male dominated field; however everyone can still learn to adjust and adapt. Also, don’t let pride get in the way. There will still be times and situations where you will need help – don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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