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Hamilton Police Service

Hamilton Police Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is your name and department/agency?

Myra James – Hamilton Police Service, Ontario Canada

Please give us a little background about yourself, i.e., family, education, hobbies, etc.

I have served 24 years in municipal law enforcement services. I have been married to the same man for 31 years. I hold a certificate in Police Administration from McMaster University in Hamilton, and have a passion for supporting women in law enforcement, being immediate past President of Ontario Women In Law Enforcement and the current 2nd Vice President of International Association of Women Police. My hobbies include woodworking, calligraphy, gardening, playing ice hockey and riding my Harley.

When and why did you decide to become involved in law enforcement?

In the spring of 1988 I officially decided to apply to become an officer after being inspired by a male staff sergeant who was a mentor for me.

What is your present assignment?

I am the Crime Manager at Division 30.  My role is part of the original Neighborhood Safety Project.  I supervise several types of officers who are part of the Community Response Unit.  I actively participate in traffic safety initiatives, which involves the opportunity to ride the police motorcycle.

What do you like most about your job?

The opportunity to make a positive difference in the community I serve, as well as mentoring younger officers and assisting them in recognizing their true potential.

What do you like least about your job?

The challenges associated with attempting to resolve neighborhood conflicts that have taken many years to diminish.

How does your family feel about you being in law enforcement?

ALWAYS very supportive!

What would you like the public to know about your job?

There are multiple opportunities in law enforcement; it’s like having several careers over the span of a career.

If you had to do it over again, would you choose law enforcement as a career?

Absolutely, without hesitation.

Is there anything additional you’d like to share?

Cherish the friendships you have outside the police family, as those relationships with individuals who are not officers will help you avoid becoming cynical and one-dimensional.  Always endeavour to have a healthy work / home life balance.