Police Studies alumna works alongside father in her dream job

Since graduating in 2020 from the Honours Bachelor of Police Studies degree program, Chanelle Proulx has had a unique career opportunity. Not only has she started her dream job as a constable, but she’s also been able to work alongside her father with the Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). To recognize National Police Week (May 12 to 18), we caught up with Chanelle to learn more about her career journey and what led her to follow in her father’s footsteps.

What inspired you to pursue policing?

My father was a part of the OPP for 30 years. He’s now retired and continues to work with the Anishinabek Police Service part-time. Being around him and other members of the OPP family encouraged me to start my career.  

I was also passionate about pursuing policing because it requires being involved in the community, constant change, learning new skills, being outdoors and most importantly, it keeps me motivated. This career allows me to continue my passion to live an active and healthy lifestyle and to inspire others.

A man and a woman stand together wearing navy blue police uniforms and hats, smiling.

Why did you choose Georgian for your studies and what was your experience like? 

Georgian offered an amazing Police Studies degree program that dives deep into crime and learning about diversity and culture in our communities. I appreciated the friendliness of the faculty and colleagues in a small school environment. 

What’s your favourite memory of your time at Georgian/in the Police Studies program? 

My favourite memory was being part of the university auxiliary direct entry program. It allowed for a quick transfer into the OPP as a volunteer member which allows you to join ride-alongs with officers on the road. I was also able to join community events in my area which looks great on a resumé and provides great experience when applying as a constable.

Where are you now in your career after graduating?

After just a couple of years I’ve reached my goal; I’m now a constable with the Bracebridge OPP. Previously, I did bylaw in Tiny Township at the beaches, dispatch for an alarm company and volunteering as auxiliary officer. All of these experiences helped me grow and get to where I am now in my career.

What’s it like working alongside your father in the OPP? 

As my dad is still an officer, we share stories every day of how we made a difference in our communities and remain positive on the bad days. Having a father who’s also an officer is very helpful, especially in this field. 

A man and a woman stand together wearing navy blue police uniforms and hats, smiling. Flags are in the background.

Can you share a little bit of what your day-to-day looks like on the job?  

Every day is different as a police officer and you may never know what to expect, from dealing with a motor vehicle collision to helping with events in the community. It’s important to stay positive and help out in every aspect we can. 

What do you love most about policing and/or your current position? 

As a new officer I enjoy learning all tasks and trying to be the best police officer I can. I enjoy getting out into the community and learning the new area I’m in.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work? 

Outside of work I enjoy working out and playing hockey. I became a pro natural bodybuilder in 2022 and continue to compete to this day. I also enjoy fishing on Georgian Bay in the summer.

A collage of images: The first two are of a man and a woman on a boat holding a large fish with a sunset background. The other photos are of the same man and woman posing in swimsuits for a bodybuilding contest.

As an alumna, what advice would you give to future and current students who’d like to pursue policing? 

Say yes to everything that will lead you one step closer to your goal.

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