By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Introducing Cst. Jeremiah Stump
What inspired you to become a police officer?
Since I was young I’ve always enjoyed helping people. At my kindergarten grad when I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, without hesitation I said I wanted to become a police officer. That has stuck with me my entire life.
Since you've been working as a police officer for many years, how does that inspiration transform into your work life?
I’ve been a police officer for 9 and a half years. I’ve been so blessed to be able to work so closely with the indigenous community for so many years. I’ve worked with at risk indigenous youth who were involved with gangs and now I am the indigenous court liaison for the Calgary Indigenous Court which is a brand new program supporting indigenous offenders using the Gladue principle by helping create safety exit strat- egies and healing plans upon release. Using cultural teachings and working alongside elders
Tell us about your road to recovery, and the challenges you faced going back to work?
In February 2016 I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm while at work. Causing me to be off of work for almost a year. The Calgary Police Service has done an amazing job in supporting me and helping me get back to work full time.
What are the most rewarding things about your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is the opportunity that I get to help people everyday and more so the indigenous community within the new job that I’ve started.
What are your future goals when it comes to policing?
As for future plans I don’t really have any at the moment as my primary focus is my health and trying to get back to 100%.