On Sunday, Police Officers from across the country will gather at different memorials to honour those that have fallen in the line of duty. Those that have tragically given their lives were mothers, father, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, cousins, friends and colleagues. They had interests and hobbies, passions… lives outside of the uniform they wore on a daily basis.
In anticipation of the upcoming Saskatchewan Police & Peace Officer Memorial, we wanted to show you a few of those men and women, and who they are #BehindTheBadge. Throughout the week, we are featuring officers who have sworn to protect our community and hope you will learn a little bit more about them as human beings, not just Police Officers.
For Inspector Patrick Nogier, it all started with hockey. From playing minor hockey to the WHL, and then to College. He developed a strong work ethic, a love for fitness and learned to be part of and contribute to making teams successful. All of these things he saw as parallels leading him down a path to a career in Policing.
After 24 years with the SPS, Patrick has worked in many areas including Patrol, Canine, VICE, Detention, Sask 911, Sex Crimes and Internet Child Exploitation (ICE). While he credits his five and a half years with the Canine Unit as being the most rewarding and exciting, he considers his time with the ICE Unit the most memorable.
“Working to establish the ICE unit in 2008 brought together a variety of organizations across the province to deal with a very specific problem in internet child exploitation,” he says. “We successfully established a mandate that was strong within the Province and did some ground leading work in the country that continues to this day.”
Whether it’s in the ICE Unit or responding to a tragedy on Patrol, there is this perception that Officers can disconnect or disassociate themselves from the job when they take their uniform off, but that unfortunately isn’t the case. It can have both physical and mental impacts on a person but Patrick attributes his passion for fitness and his family for helping him achieve balance.
Volunteerism is another important part of Patrick’s life outside of work and he now spends time volunteering as a hockey coach. In addition to coaching his own two kids, he has also been part of the SPS sponsored team in the Kinsmen Hockey League for the last number of years. He recognizes that the community has given him much throughout the years and hopes he can provide youth with some insight into what has been a good path for him, can potentially help them achieve some of their own goals.
Patrick has worn a lot of hats so far throughout his life, and has recently added another – pie maker. From picking the berries to making the pie crust, he does it all from scratch. Check out a few of his creations below.