I began my career at York Regional Police in 2008 as a District Crime Analyst serving the regions of Newmarket and Markham and eventually serving as a Crime Analyst for the region of Vaughan and King for four years. Some of my responsibilities included analyzing data and applying research methods to identify crime patterns and series, modus operandi profiles, victim/target profiles and identifying high crime/call areas or locations where public disorder are likely to occur. Moreover the District Crime Analyst forecasts, projects and analyzes crime by conducting correlation and regression analysis and using various investigative analysis software, database programs, statistical calculations and other computer software to determine if crimes are linked. We are also responsible for identifying and monitoring known criminals/organizations and any potential police hazards within the community.
Prior to my service with York Regional Police, I was employed as a Fraud Investigator with several financial institutions while pursuing my honourary bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto where I graduated with honours. Experiences in the financial institutions included investigating skimming files, internal fraud investigations, money laundering investigations and cybercrime. In addition to these investigative duties, I provided internal training to members of the financial institutions on detecting fraud and created an online forum for recognizing fraud patterns with the intention of providing support for employees to stop fraud at the front end. I was both nominated and awarded several internal awards at the Royal Bank of Canada and Meridian Credit Union for innovative strategies in combatting crime while championing training and education surrounding fraud mechanisms.
In May of 2020 I was invited by the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Office (OCCO) to serve as a crime analyst for Broken Trust – a reinvestigaton of nine suddent deaths in Thunder Bay. The release for that extraordinary report will be released in 2021 and will serve to invigorate discussions in the policing community.