Kyle Woolery has been in some awkward situations working mall security at Shoppers World.
Take cuffing someone and realizing “oh, that guy was in my Grade 10 math class,” said Woolery, 24.
“We arrested another guy and it was my friend’s dad … It was uncomfortable but I was able to just, like, put it behind me and never, like, feel any discomfort about it.”
The Brampton resident knows more challenges are on deck once he’s out on patrol as a rookie with Peel Police.
Woolery is in a class of 37 new recruits – 30 males and 7 females, 18 of whom are visible minorities – who’ll be leaving for Ontario Police College next month.
Kyle Woolery, 24, a Peel Police Recruit Constable, chats with Const. Mark Fischer during a training session at the Emil V. Kolb Centre on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. “I least look forward to getting tased,” Woolery said, adding he’s most excited to begin his career. (Photo: Kelly Roche/QEW South Post)
“It doesn’t feel real,” Woolery said of inching toward his dream.
“It’s exciting and every day is a new learning experience.”
The former hockey player and distance runner should have no problem keeping up with physical demands of the job.
“He’s really fast,” said fellow recruit Nima Lota, 25, of Mississauga.
If Lota has a familiar face, it’s because you’ve seen him at the Seva Food Bank and West 50.
“I wanted to just give back to the community and be part of a team,” Lota said of why he applied to the police service.
After working with people living in poverty and dealing with ‘bar close’, “I got both realms,” of what policing entails, Lota said.
What he wasn’t prepared for was “getting my butt kicked every fitness class,” said Lota, adding he’s already lost five pounds in about two weeks.
Lota says he’s received plenty of advice from friends who are already officers — many of whom have told him to stick with it.
“My mom’s a bit worried” about this career choice, Lota said.
“She’s getting better day by day.”
Recruits will spend three months at OPC, followed by an additional five weeks of training with Peel before graduating.