Kim OverinkO.P.P. Volunteer - Smith-Ennismore O.P.P. Community Policing
Kim's Story :
I still remember the moment my parents informed me of their decision for our family to move to Canada. At the age of 12, moving from The Netherlands to Canada was life changing. Everything I knew I was forced to leave behind and was given uncertainty, fear, and many challenges. Ironically enough, 12years later at my current age of 24, I am now so grateful for this life changing experience and cannot thank my parents enough for bringing me to Canada.
For as long as I have known, I always had such a passion and interest in law enforcement. Where it stems from, I still do not know as I do not have any close family members in policing at all. Back in The Netherlands, I can recall a specific memory of my sister and I finding a bike in a tree and my young excited self saw this as an opportunity to help someone get their stolen bike back. I was eager and determined and had biked to the local police station to inform them and they were more than happy to send a police officer to go and retrieve the bike. That simple act was the moment I knew for sure that it would be my dream to become a police officer.
To this day, I still strive to make that dream a reality. Growing up as a small female, there are many challenges to pursuing such a heavily male dominated career. In a world where we are taught not to judge a book by its cover, people unfortunately still do. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I was told to give up on my dreams of pursuing policing based solely on my body size and gender. Working as a hospital security guard for two years taught me an awful lot about self confidence. It is not easy attending a call and being told upon your arrival, ‘Are there no large male guards working?’ or ‘No offence, but could you send someone else?’.
I was determined to prove my capability and always showed them that my size and gender did not affect my job performance. I knew that with time, they would see for themselves that their pre-conceived assumptions were wrong. I currently work as a Special Constable where I am faced with similar challenges from the public on occasion. I recognize that that as a police officer, policing will bring similar hurdles, but I am determined to overcome them. In fact, I am grateful for these challenges as it is what empowers me even more so to overcome the stigma that females cannot do what historically only males did.