Adam talks with one of his mentors, Joel Pedersen, as they discuss the challenges surrounding culture and race in policing, specifically from an Indigenous perspective. Joel breaks down some tools that officers have within their communities to help build engagement as well as generating motivated recruits for your agency.
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In 1992 Joel became only the third First Nations person to serve with the Saskatoon Police Service. After a successful 25-year policing career, highlighted by his experience from patrol, community policing, and domestic Violence investigations, he retired at the rank of Sergeant.
He championed positive growth in his community by working with Indigenous and other minority groups; encouraging fair representation for all.
He currently serves as the RSM for the 38 Brigade Battle School and is the only First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the combat arm of the Canadian Army.
He deployed with 1 PPCLI during UN Peace Keeping missions abroad and has assisted in NATO training efforts.
Joel is currently the Indigenous Advisor to the Brigade Commander of the 38 Canadian Brigade Group.
In 2011 Joel founded Fitness 2J2, a socially responsible, community-based health and wellness company. He and his trainers provide fitness programming for communities, and self-defense for women and youth.