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James Adams, BEng '92

Policing career benefits from problem-solving skills

After earning his degree in manufacturing engineering in 1992, Jim Adams launched his career as a production manager in the automotive industry.

And then after seven years he made the natural jump to … policing?

“My younger brother became a police officer and encouraged me to join as they were seeking applicants with ‘life experience’,” he explains. “At the ripe old age of 29, I switched careers and was hired by Peel Regional Police.”

Two decades later, he has worked as uniform patrol officer, investigated auto thefts and break-and-enter crimes as part of the criminal investigative bureau and been promoted to sergeant.

While he says his problem-solving skills have always been an asset in law enforcement, he’s also called on skills from his engineering degree while in an operational planning role that saw him optimize the deployment of patrol officers.

Adams is now part of a team establishing a Real Time Operations Centre within the communications bureau that manages the service’s dispatch and 911 call centre.

“I love the variety of work experiences you can have in policing,” he says.

“Not only can you be posted in a variety of positions throughout the service, but each day is different than the last. I also love the fact that I am working with a great group of people who are truly trying to help the people we serve in the community.”

He urges students to seek a balance during university days.

“Study hard, work hard, but have fun too,” he says. “Get involved in extracurricular activities.

“While employers are interested in you as a whole person, not just your grades, these activities are also fun and a great way to learn something new and meet some fantastic people.”


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