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Unang Pinay cop sa Canada magreretiro na

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Nakatakda nang umalis sa serbisyo ang kauna-unahang Pilipinang police officer sa buong Canada.

“Policing is a calling, it’s not a job. Not everybody can do this job,” banggit ni Sergeant Maria Keen, na halos tatlong dekada nang parak.

Ang Pinay ay isinilang sa Toronto, at lumipat pagkatapos sa Ottawa para mag-aral ng Commerce sa Carleton University.

Sa kanyang huling taon sa pamantasan ay nag-summer job siya sa police work.

“They were looking for students that were diverse to expose them to police work in hopes that they would join the police. I had no intentions of being a police officer, to be honest, that was just a summer job for me. And then, I worked in the police, with the Ottawa Police and then went on a ride along a few of them and enjoyed it and said, ‘Oh my gosh, this is the job I wanna do’,” ani Keen, sa TFC News.

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Taong 1992 pumasok si Maria sa pulisya, at nagulat siyang siya pa lang ang natatanging Pinay na parak sa nasabing bansa.

“Ottawa, at the time, wasn’t as diverse as Toronto and then co­ming to the police service being the first radicalized female, I didn’t realize that until people pointed it out to me.”

Banggit ng Pinay, mas mahalaga sa ngayon ang pagre­krut ng mga pulis na may iba’t ibang lahi, gayong patuloy ang mga anti-Asian hate crime sa North America.

“It’s been very inclusive especially since they realize that diversity is important. Throughout my career, I’ve had to translate Tagalog into English. They know speaking another language and coming from a different culture does make a diffe­rence when you go to certain calls.” (Riley Cea)

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