The Moose Jaw Police Service welcomed another officer to its ranks on Friday afternoon.
Amanda Johnston was sworn in as a constable after moving over from the police service’s communication and dispatch department.
Johnston, who is originally from Thunder Bay, Ont., moved to Saskatchewan in 2016 and went into child protection services. From there she moved into corrections and policing before joining the File Hills First Nations Police Service for two years.
“I've actually always had a dream as a little girl to be a police officer, which is strange, but I worked in plenty of different fields like child protection, and corrections and policing, and then eventually just worked my way into policing,” Johnston said.
Johnston was going to be sworn in earlier, but it was delayed due to a number of factors including the COVID-19 pandemic. During that delay, she was a Special Constable with the police service’s dispatch centre until she could be sworn in.
Chief Rick Bourassa said she will bring a wealth of experience to the police service.
“She has been with us for a year as a communications officer and a special constable in our communications section and it took us a bit of time. There is such a process that we have to go through and during COVID and things like that, it was a bit challenging. So, it took a little bit longer,” he said.
Because she has already completed training through the Saskatchewan Police College when she was with the File Hills First Nations Police Service, she will go into field training right away.