by Heidi Riley
“My story is not the typical pathway to a career with the RCMP,” says Corporal Gavin Moore, Media Relations Officer with the RCMP in Charlottetown. He is originally from PEI and has 22 years of service with the RCMP.
While earning his business degree at UPEI, he joined the FSWEP program and worked with inshore rescue with the Canadian Coast Guard. After graduation, he took a four-month placement with Human Resources Development Canada in Ottawa as part of the UPEI Co-op program.
“I wanted to pursue a career with a bit more adventure. A friend was applying for the RCMP. When I found out the training would be at no cost to me, the wheels started turning. I took the entrance exam, and with each success through the process, my commitment grew.”
Like all recruits, he got his training at Depot in Regina. “Basic training is not a piece of cake, but it is a character-building experience you share in comradery with your fellow graduates who make it through. It truly helps build the foundation you need. This is a career like no other, and with that, specialty preparation is required.”
His first posting was in Placentia, Newfoundland as a General Duties Officer. “It was a great place to start. I had a lot of great learning opportunities. The next posting was up north. My wife and I decided to go on a great adventure to a town in Labrador. It was a fly-in village with no road access in the winter. My wife is a teacher and managed to get a teaching position there. We ordered our groceries for two years and shipped them up. It was quite a busy spot. We got around by skidoo in the winter. We look fondly on our time in Labrador.”
From there he moved to West Prince on PEI and worked for three years in general duties.
“When a spot came open in the commercial crime unit, investigating frauds across PEI, having that business degree gave me the background and opened that door to allow me to progress to a plainclothes job. Fraud cases are long and complicated files. There may not be a huge volume of files, but they can take a significant number of resources.”
With that background in investigating fraud, he went on to work in federal investigations involving organized crime, economic integrity, and national security.
From there, he worked with the Major Crime Unit for five years before his present opportunity in Media Relations became available.
Benefits of joining the RCMP
“One of the advantages of this career is that there are so many different opportunities and exciting adventures you can go on. RCMP is a large organization where you could be a timber investigator in BC, a cattle investigator on the Prairies, a Diver, an Emergency Responder, a Dog Handler, or in Forensic Identification as a regular officer. You can serve in the far north, or work VIP duties in Ottawa. It is a career well worth looking into.
There are also a wide range of options on the civilian side, such as Crime Analyst, District Assistant, Telecommunications Operator, and many more.