EP 013 - Former Detective Sergeant Kim Scanlan


I’d like to thank Kimberly L. Scanlan for coming on the podcast this week. Kimberly is a former retired Staff Sergeant at Toronto police services. She is also a qualified mediator. She has a Bachelor`s degree in Sociology from York University.

She is smart, cool and a great cop who has managed and led large and small teams successfully. She has Chaired Conferences with the Toronto Police Service and facilitated Community meetings and Outreach Programs over the course of many years.

I think you will enjoy this lively and resource-packed discussion. Kimberly takes us through what it is like to be a police officer and her over 15 years of investigative experience, specializing in Child Exploitation, Human Trafficking, Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Drug Diversion and general criminal investigations.

You’ll Learn:
• [01:29] – Kim starts our conversation by telling us how she started off in the police service in 1987. At that time, there were not many female police officers. She tells us about her background, education, training, experiences at the police force, carding, militarization of police etc.

• [25:55] – She informs us of how police officers cope with the job. She talks about counselling and the different avenues available.

• [53:46] – She talks to us about her job dealing with cases concerning children. She narrates to us some notable cases.

• [01:03:10] – Kim talks to us about how families can be involved in cases where crimes are committed. She advices us on what to do and how to do it. Sometimes some families may opt to sweep it under the carpet but it`s important to protect children.

• [01:14:00] – She talks about some of the challenges facing police. It is unfortunate that police have to deal with less and less.

• [01:23:05] – Kim sums up our discussion with the role that police officers have in the community saying, “Some people don`t hold the police in high regard but other people do; it`s very unique!”

Quotes by the Guest:
• [03:25] – “In 1987 when I was hired… I did go to the police college, it was unique in that we were only hired and trained in Toronto ”

• [11:07] – “You need intelligence to help solve some of these crimes, you need to know who might have been with whom, what were they driving, where were they going, what were the circumstances for people being in an area”

• [24:40] – “We have employee assistance programs; we have direct access to counselling services if we need to talk to someone; we also have trained officers who are peer counsellors!”

• [52:57] – “There were some really great days. I had a fantastic team that was connected to everyone in the world. That`s the great thing about the internet! ”