New Houston Constable Ryan Creasey wants to role model integrity to youth.
Cst. Creasey grew up in Mission B.C. and says he always wanted to pursue a career in the RCMP.
He had good interactions with police and the school liaison officer during high school, he said.
“It made me want to be like that, and be a positive role model to youth and other people in the community.”
After he graduated, Creasey studied criminology at the University of Fraser Valley for two years.
Working towards completing his diploma, he became a corrections officer at the age of 19.
Creasey worked at a maximum security prison in Maple Ridge doing case management and helping inmates deal with the daily challenges of jail and addictions.
“I learned in corrections that people make mistakes, and there are a lot of people willing to get help and find solution,” said Creasey.
“They just need someone to help guide them to that. In the RCMP now, I can be that person who can help them find solutions.”
Creasey says that being in corrections also gave him knowledge of the law and how to treat people with respect.
Creasey spent seven years in corrections before he went to the Regina RCMP depot in August 2014.
After training there, he did protective policing on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for two months.
Then, he was posted to Houston.
Coming from the Lower Mainland, Cst. Creasey says Houston is small, but fits him well.
He likes doing “anything outside,” including dirt biking, quading, hiking and snowboarding. He also wants to get into snowmobiling again.
“For me, it’s like heaven coming here because you can basically go out your back door and be in the outdoors,” he said.
Cst. Creasey says he and his girlfriend found Houston very welcoming.
As they moved in, they had neighbours stopping by, introducing themselves, offering to help and inviting them for dinner.
“It seems like a very tight-knit community,” he said.
“It was very comforting to know that people are there if you fall on bad times.”
Cst. Creasey says one goal for his first post is to get involved in the community.
Not sure yet how, he is considering coaching a sports team.
“I was a pretty good soccer player when I was young, so I’d like to pass on that knowledge,” he said.
“I want to get my face out there, get people to know me.”
Longer term, Cst. Creasey wants to get involved with youth as a school liaison officer or with programs like Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.).
He believes a good RCMP officer is one with integrity, honesty, and a strong personality to avoid being influenced to do wrong.
“I want to be compassionate,” Cst. Creasey said.
“I think everyone deserves to be treated with respect, no matter what their situation. Everyone has different situations in life. Everyone has bad days. I want to be fair and non-judgemental.”