It’s not uncommon for Police officers to be former or even current serving members of the Canadian Forces, taking pride in protecting both their country, and their community. Cst. Jody Levesque is one such person, and as an ex-military member, he still finds a way to maintain and pay tribute to his military background by being part of the SPS Honour Guard.
In his own words, he tells you what it’s about and why he does it.
As a member of the #SaskatoonPolice, I am proud to volunteer for the Honour Guard Unit, which allows me to represent the SPS in the highest regard with dress and deportment, and disciplined drill movements during special events.
Drill is a part of the training regimen of organized military and paramilitary units worldwide. It stems from time since antiquity when soldiers would march into battle, be expected to gather in a formation, and react to words of command from their commanders once battle began. Modern military elements use drill and parades [like that in the Remembrance Day ceremony] for ceremonial purposes and as a way to exhibit the strength of the unit, or their country. Paramilitary units, such as the SPS, use the Honour Guard to represent the strength and discipline of the Service and the City of Saskatoon by parading at special events to fly the ‘colours’ – the flags of the country, province and regimental flag of the Police Service.
As an ex-military member, being part of the Honour Guard is a way for me to honour and maintain my military background by putting on the high-collar tunic (ceremonial dress uniform) and represent the Saskatoon Police Service, the City of Saskatoon, and the great country of Canada.
Thank you, Cst. Levesque, for your service to Canada, and your continued service to the City of Saskatoon.