「青少年職場初探」 - 現身說法系列活動報導
Initial Career Exploration for Youth Program
警察生涯面面觀 ：安省警備總署警官張雙勇專訪 ─ 曾筠婷
Touch of Police Career : Interview - Detective Constable Edward Chong of OPP by Diana Tseng
His dream was always to become a cop,but Detective Constable Edward Chong never thought it would be for the Ontario Provincial Police.
Working for the OPP since 1995, Chong admits that over a decade ago, he’d never even heard of the unit for which he now works. Today he is part of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission located at Dundas and Yonge Streets in downtown Toronto.
1995年加入OPP，目前在位於多倫多 Dundas / Yonge 街的酒牌及賭牌管理局工作的張雙勇坦承十年前他根本沒聽過這份職務。
“Many people think of the OPP as the [highway] 401 and radar gun,” he says. He takes it upon himself to educate people of the Greater Toronto Area about the OPP. From dealing with violence, to homicide, drugs and speeding, he says the Provincial police force does everything, for which the Toronto Police is known.
「很多人以為 OPP 就只是在 401高速公路上用雷達抓超速。」張雙勇說。因此他現在的工作也包括教育大多倫多地區的民眾認識 OPP。 就跟多倫多的警察一樣，OPP 的警務工作從暴行、謀殺、吸毒到抓超速，樣樣都來。
“We’re just more dispersed.” This quality, according to Chong, allows the OPP to have more resources in facilitating and patrolling all aspects of law enforcement across Ontario.
As dispersed and flexible the OPP is, Chong himself seems to embody these attributes.
Born in Malaysia to Chinese parents and immigrating to Canada at the age of 14, Chong can fluently speak English and a few Chinese dialects: Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka. Chong believes that because of his background and language skills, he has been given opportunities to experience and investigate a wide range of cases, from kidnappings, to cheating gamblers.
Because of his language abilities, Chong reminisces about a case he helped solve. About a year ago, Chong was brought in for suspect interview and translation in Chinese. The case involved the kidnapping and homicide of an executive from a private boarding school in GTA.
“This case really opened my eyes,” he says. Chong believes the killers, who were students of the school, had little remorse. “They were after the money. Sad part was, these kids didn’t need the money.”
After three days of interviews and translation, Chong succeeded in getting confessions from the killers.
Chong’s twin brother, Sergeant Dominic Chong, also an OPP officer, benefits from his background and language skills as well. For six years, Dominic has been working for the Asian Crime Investigation unit of the OPP. He investigates Asian crimes and supports Asian victims and families.
Having joined the force in 1994, it was Dominic who introduced the OPP to Chong. At the time, Chong was working in Macao as a sales and administrative manager of a garment company.
Why was Chong doing business in Asia, and how did he, years later, become a Detective Constable for the OPP?
According to Chong, getting a degree and a sound education were of utmost importance to his parents when he was growing up. In his family, “everybody goes to U of T, and everyone goes to Commerce,” he says. But he always wanted to be a police officer.
Chong applied to join the OPP from Macao, and returned to Canada to face initiation exams to enter the ranks. Chong remembers passing his physical, written and aptitude tests with high scores.
In 1995, Chong was positioned in Kingston, Ont. as a police constable in uniform patrol, what he calls “real police work.” And three years later in 1998, he was moved to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, within which he still works, in downtown Toronto.
According to Chong, it will be another 23 years before he retires. “I don’t think a career change is in the books.”
He says the best part of being in the OPP is that the force is not a single field. Chong admits that when he gets bored of the field he’s now in, he will try others fields – he says fraud investigation seems to be a possibility.
Chong believes that in different fields he will encounter other areas of society and be acquainted with a new array of people. “It’s almost like a new career.”
Chong encourages people of all age, to consider policing as a rewarding career.
His formula for success is to learning to deal with people at different levels, and says 90 per cent of police work involves interpersonal interactions. Another part of his equation is the ability to observe and accept all possibilities with an open-mind.