February is Black History Month
Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.
The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.
The Cornwall Police Service is proudly celebrating the Black employees who are members of our police service and contribute to keeping the citizens of Cornwall safe every day.
Learn more about these members below:
Constable Andrew Booth-Reddick #466
Constable Andrew Booth-Reddick started his career with the Cornwall Police Service in 2021 as a Front-Line Patrol Officer. Previously, Cst. Booth-Reddick served as an Auxiliary Officer and Dispatch/Communicator between 2013 and 2017. Cst. Booth-Reddick has served in the Canadian Armed Forces Infantry as well as an Instructor with the Parliamentary Protective Services. He is currently the General Duties officer in Front Line Patrol. He is looking forward to one day being able to move into a specialized unit to help the community in a meaningful way.
Why did you choose a career in policing?
I grew up in multiple regions in Quebec, Eastern and Central Ontario and always had positive police interactions wherever I would be. I grew up interested in comics and always admired those who would help people in need. I still remember an occurrence in my youth that involved a front-line patrol officer, who during the situation was kind, understanding and empathetic and showed me the true meaning of what being a hero was. He was someone I looked up to and respected.
These positive experiences made me consider policing as a profession. During that time I had been through many careers from a Mobile Security, Loss Prevention agent, a close protection officer for celebrities, Canadian Forces Infantry soldier and Parliamentary Protection Officer Instructor. When I became a Police Dispatcher with the Cornwall Police Service where I could observe the career of policing up close, that’s when I turned my focus to becoming a police officer.
Like any other dream career, hurdles and obstacles presented themselves, however with determination, education and inspirations from experienced police officers, family and friends, I pushed ahead and received the hiring call, one of the proudest achievements of my life.
What is a career highlight from your policing career?
A major highlight in my Policing Career was starting in the Northern Inuit communities of Northern Quebec as a front-line patrol officer. There I was able to understand the true values of diversity, equity and inclusion. While using community involvement to develop rapport and including myself in the cultural events, this aided me and my team in this isolated area to develop a police/community rapport which assisted in created a safer village for all to enjoy. When we worked together with the community, it felt as if there was nothing, we could not accomplish which created a great community and work environment. After being accepted as an experienced officer, I returned to the Cornwall Police Service, now as a front-line officer, where I continue to develop those community rapport skills to assist in created a safer Cornwall for all those to enjoy.
What advice do you have for anyone thinking of starting a career with CPS?
I would tell people that they are considering a great police service and a great career choice! The CPS has allowed me to work in a great team atmosphere and do exciting work on a regular basis.
I have received numerous training opportunities and work with officers that range from diverse backgrounds. I have had the opportunity to respond and investigate a multiple range of calls and have been able to see my investigations from start to end.
With the family-oriented spirit, welcoming mentality and the strive to succeed of the teams, it has created a great place to be settled in and a bright future ahead.
How do you stay involved in your community?
I continue to stay involved by speaking to many members of the community on a daily basis. I attend many community parks and events while on patrol. I continue to make positive interactions and work within the CPS committees to better understand our objectives for our community programs and continue to be a positive change within and outside the service.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
What Black History Month means to me is a time to remember how far our culture has come in the recent years and to remember those who stood tall against adversity to bring our race to where we stand today. Recognizing those who have come before me and to honor those contributions not only in this month of remembrance, but everyday. It also means to me that history has proven that when we stand together, every diversity, we can push through any obstacles and that is an objective I take forward with me for my life and my career.