Our thoughts are with Cpl. Rob Daniel’s wife, Lisa, and daughter, Sophia; his family; colleagues in H. Division, and friends who lost an exceptional husband, father and friend far too soon. As a 20-year RCMP Member, Rob cared deeply about the Halifax community. He was most recently posted in the H Division Training Section. Rob was the Training NCO for H/L Special Tactical Operations and was recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in tactical training and use of force.
Nos pensées vont au caporal Rob Daniel, sa femme Lisa et sa fille Sophia, sa famille, ses collègues de la Division H et ses amis qui ont perdu un mari, un père et un ami exceptionnel bien trop tôt. En tant que membre de la GRC depuis 20 ans, Rob se souciait beaucoup de la communauté de Halifax. Il avait été récemment affecté à la section de formation de la Division H. Rob était le sous-officier instructeur des opérations tactiques spéciales de la H/L et était reconnu au niveau national et international pour son expertise en matière de formation tactique et de recours à la force.
We're delighted to introduce Cst. Kurt Butler, RCMP Officer in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and NPF Member. Kurt talks about how his Dad inspired him to join the RCMP, and how important it is to acknowledge and forgive our own and others' mistakes.
Transcript of video:
Why did you become a police officer?
I became a police officer because I wanted to help the community. I mean, that's why. But I also had a role model in my life – that was my father. I'm a second-generation member, and what that means is that my father was an RCMP officer, and I took after him. He inspired me because of the quality of man that he was. Becoming a police officer in my brain was the ultimate commitment to the community.
How do you make a positive impact in your community?
I don't say that there's bad people around. Like, we don't deal with bad guys ninety-nine percent of the time. What we are dealing with is individuals that have made a mistake. And I'll tell them that… you know, you may be under arrest for this particular thing that you have done right at this moment. And maybe it seems like a really awful thing that you may have done at this particular moment, but generally speaking, there are people in that person's life that think that this person is a good guy. And so I always believe that I'm not dealing with bad guys in this community. I'm not dealing with bad guys in any of the communities that I've worked with. I'm dealing with people that have made a mistake. So I treat them that way
What’s the most inspiring thing you’ve experienced?
So this gentleman had run a business. He was a businessman, he was very successful. He got into motor vehicle collision. He hurt his back and he then became addicted to painkillers and then progressed from painkillers into drugs. And he lost everything. I said to him listen, listen, you're not a bad guy. I don't believe that you're a bad guy. I believe that you're a person that's made a mistake. And treating him like a human being and treating him like a person… he came out of the drugs and I made an impact on his life that helped turn his life around. He came in and he had carved this puzzle piece out and put this inscription in it and he wanted to thank me. And it has one of his chips in it. The way that I treated him, helped him believe in himself, that he could make it out of this. And it wasn't… he wasn't lost.