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Detective Constable Karen O’Brien

Detective Constable - Peterborough Police Services

Karen's Story :

I am 49, overweight and a little crazy.

I didn’t want to get my photo taken.

I just wanted to do my job and carry on.  The way I always do.  But then Lindsey Leonard got me to realize that there was value in having where I am in my career documented.  Not for posterity per se, but as a reminder to me of why I got into this line of work.

My Dad is a retired Mountie and growing up with him was good and bad.   We’d often park at his office on Jarvis Street in Toronto and go to Leafs games.  On the way back to the car, we’d stop at the Harvey’s restaurant at Parliament Street and get a hot chocolate and people watch.  Not all kids sit in downtown Toronto in not a great area at 11pm on a school night at age 10 and watch the comings and goings of people you don’t normally deal with as a little kid from Oshawa.

But I realize now it was a gift.

To be open to new experiences, people and circumstances was a valuable lesson and one I have definitely drawn upon in my career.

I am proud of the work we do as police and I feel women are an asset to this line of work.  I am not the youngest, fastest, smartest or strongest person at work.  But I don’t have to be.  I can be me and that is plenty, because we love crazy as it turns out.

Wishing all women courageous enough to want to serve their community, the strength and determination to train, apply, work and succeed every day.