When a supervisor took note of Sgt. Donovan Tait's calming influence and superior listening skills, he encouraged him to pursue a specialized career in crisis negotiation. Amelia Thatcher spoke with him to see how he handles charged crisis situations.
Identifying the characteristics of competent and suitable interviewers can only benefit the general interview performance of investigative units, the crime solving rates of police services and the public's trust.
When fentanyl hit the streets in British Columbia in 2014, mayhem broke loose. Like a disease epidemic, the drug spread through the larger urban centres first, leaving hundreds of overdosed victims in its wake.
It was in the midst of cancer treatments that Cst. Ellen Ruf decided to apply to the RCMP. The single mother of three had worked in an office for most of her life, often taking on two jobs to keep her family afloat.
For the past five years, RCMP Cpl. Jared Clarke has worked as an investigator on Saskatchewan's Internet Child Exploitation team. His expertise has helped crack numerous cases — rescuing dozens of children from their abusers both locally and abroad.
When he was a general duty police officer, RCMP Cpl. Kevin Krygier got tired of being seen as the "bad news police," only showing up when there was a problem. And he saw the negative effect this had on youth.
It's 3 a.m. and you've been dispatched to a weapons call involving a man with a knife acting strangely in the lobby of a local area hotel. You're the first officer on scene and are trying to assess the situation.