The Estevan Police Service (EPS) has found its newest police officer.
Muhammad Khan was in the city in late July and early August to familiarize himself with the community, and to get to know his fellow officers. He spent time with the traffic unit, the criminal investigations division, the court services division and with uniformed patrol officers.
Chief Paul Ladouceur said that he likes to have new officers go through an orientation process locally before they attend the province’s police college in Regina. Once Khan graduates from the 20-week police college program, he’ll return to Estevan, and be assigned to uniformed patrol.
Khan is also the first Muslim ever hired to be an officer with the EPS.
Ladouceur said Khan was hired because of his intelligence and his education background, but he is pleased that Khan will bring further diversity to the force.
“I think it's important that our service continues to be reflective of the population we serve,” said Ladouceur.
When they opened up the hiring process, nationality and religion weren't part of the criteria, Ladouceur said. They wanted the best officer available.
“As the applications started to come in, certainly Muhammad stood out,” said Ladouceur.
Khan said he has been doing research on Estevan for over two years, and has been tracking stories on the city's growth. He admitted he was surprised to see the cultural diversity in the city.
“For having only 12,000 people in the city, and the number of diversities, I was quite impressed, actually,” said Khan.
He has a degree in justice studies from the University of Regina, and he has worked in youth and adult corrections. Police work has long been a source of interest to him.
“I've always wanted to be a police officer so that I can work with the community that I'm serving,” said Khan. “It's never a boring day to be a police officer. You're always doing something different every day.”
Khan said he is looking forward to making Estevan his home, and growing as an officer in the city.