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SUCCESS STORIES—Jordan

Toronto Police Service

JORDAN CHEVERIE was born in Souris, Prince Edward Island, but Jordan’s Indigenous heritage is derived from the Saulteaux and Peepeekisis First Nations in Saskatchewan. As a result of his father’s career though, most of his youth was spent more centrally in Ontario, moving from North Bay and then London.

When Jordan was 18, he decided that he wanted to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. He methodically began to build career experience by working with various security companies, and, at the age of 20, applied to the Durham College Police Foundations program. Jordan received First Nation government funding, which assisted with his two years of initial studies. After completing this program, he was accepted into a bridge program which allowed him to pursue additional education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). There he completed a Bachelor of Arts program in Criminology and Justice with a Minor in Forensic Psychology.

During his final semester at UOIT, Jordan was looking to become involved in the Indigenous community throughout Toronto. He discovered the Toronto Police Service (TPS) Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit (APU) and reached out to them to inquire about future volunteer opportunities. After speaking to a member of the TPS, he was advised that there was an initiative between the TPS and Miziwe Biik. Luckily, there happened to be an active job posting available through the initiative. Jordan applied through an employment counsellor at Miziwe Biik and was placed in the TPS Employment Unit on a one-year contract.

While working with the TPS Recruitment team Jordan was able to gain useful work experience. He was granted the opportunity to attend various community events alongside TPS Police Constables and he gained valuable knowledge from experienced Officers. After one year, Jordan was transferred from the TPS Employment Unit to the TPS Central Paid Duty Office. There, he assists with the process of scheduling off duty Police Constables to conduct community paid duties. In this unit, he has obtained a full-time permanent position as a Clerk and continues to pursue his life long career plan to become a Constable.