Three new police working Amherst beat

Dave Mathieson
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Yesterday was the first day of work at the Amherst Police Department for Randy Babineau, (left) Jade Pratt and Dan Pedersen. They were sworn in as Amherst policemen yesterday. DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST DAILY NEWS

AMHERST – Three new policemen were sworn in yesterday at the Amherst Police Department. 

“We were sworn in and appointed as police officers this morning and had an orientation,” new recruit, Dan Pedersen, said.  “We did a lot of paper work and other administrative work and are getting used to how things are done here.” 

Pedersen is originally from Amherst but spent seven years working for the RCMP in Dawson Creek, B.C., and Toronto. “After being away for a while it felt like the right time to come back and I thought I’d throw my name in the hat here and see what happened, and I ended up getting the job,” he said. 

Pedersen is the veteran of the new recruits. Joining him is Randy Babineau of Moncton, who graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy in 2010, and Jade Pratt of Tatamagouche, who graduated from the Atlantic Police Academy in September. 

Babineau and Pratt both said police work offers the opportunity to take on new challenges every day. 

“It’s something I wanted to do because it’s never boring,” Pratt said. Babineau agrees.  “Every day offers something different, so it’s definitely not boring,” he said. And it also offers the opportunity to help others, Pedersen said. 

“It’s not the only way to help others but its one way to do it,” he said. 

Babineau said a good policeman needs to be a people person and needs to be honest. “And they need to be patient as well,” Pratt added. 

Pedersen said police work is always changing...

Organizations: Amherst Police Department, Atlantic Police Academy, RCMP

Geographic location: Amherst, Toronto, Moncton

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    November 27, 2011 - 00:29

    PEDERSEN if you made it this far working in toronto maybe you can clean the TRASH SCUMBUNS DRUGGIES THERE.good like guys all the best.CAPER

  • Town tax payer
    November 22, 2011 - 22:19

    More cops than criminals these days I believe...million bucks for a new downtown... a new intersection there....50,000 per each cop per year....and the side walks in some area's are crumbling...not to mention a nearly bankrupt food bank....I wonder where my money goes....these "Officers" keep the peace on East Victoria St 25 times day....down to steamboats turn around and come back....what a waste of dollars in my humble opinion...

  • Doug Letcher
    November 22, 2011 - 20:50

    How meny Police Officers are kneeded in Amherst ..are they repacements .. Sum of the younger officers strike me as .... gun slingers especially sum of the ones (NOT ALL) that are on this combined community street .... what ever the group,, that have officers from the RCMP .Springhill and Amherst Police . Never the less we have pretty good coverage in the area and they are on most parts doing a fine job .. It is pretty easy to critisize but where would we be without them ...even the gun slingers . But it seams that law inforcement now requires 5 officers to 1 ....20 years ago for the same population ..of course time changes . My only gripe is every day there seams to be more and new laws ..pretty soon we will all be criminals and of course there will be more police to keep inforcing the wrong stuff Big brother seams that if you can not dictate to the population simply make laws ... most people will comply and those that dont fine them , penalize them ...throw them in jail ...And a police officer is simply doing there job .. never could spell

  • Herst
    November 22, 2011 - 14:49

    What happened to the days when policemen were intimidating to look at? I sure hope they are smooth talkers.

  • Jack Smack
    November 22, 2011 - 10:14

    Who cares? policewoman, policeman, cop or policeofficer. People complain about everything these days!

  • bob
    November 22, 2011 - 06:29

    I think one of those "policemen" is a woman..................

  • old home
    November 21, 2011 - 22:31

    I think it's time to stop using "policemen" Police officer would work You'll note that 1 of the 3 is in fact a woman