TEJINDER Johal and Jordan Rosode were among the 30 newest members of Vancouver Police Department that were sworn in on Thursday.
Johal was born and raised in Surrey. She graduated from Frank Hurt Secondary School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in criminology from SFU.
Tejinder grew up playing soccer, volleyball, and badminton. She has been volunteering as a big sister with Big Sisters of BC for the past four years, and has recently worked as a corrections officer. Tejinder is fluent in Punjabi.
Rosode was born in Burnaby and raised in Surrey. He graduated from Fleetwood Park Secondary with honours, and received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of British Columbia.
Jordan was previously employed as loss prevention officer and is actively involved in his community by hosting an annual soccer tournament to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Jordan is fluent in Punjabi.
Others sworn in:
Arya was born in North Vancouver. He attended Ross Road Elementary School in the French Immersion Program through high school. As a result, Arya is fluent in French and can also speak Farsi. Arya continued to Capilano University where he studied human kinetics, completing three years of intense studying. In 2012, Arya was hired on as a casual Jail Guard with the VPD, and in December of 2014, he successfully obtained a full-time position. Arya’s determination to become a police constable with the VPD has not waivered. He has excelled working in the jail for the past five years, and is spoken highly of by both his peers and supervisors.
Khaled was born in Brou-Sur-Chantereine, France, and raised in Vancouver. He graduated from Kitsilano Secondary School and earned his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Vancouver Community College. Khaled volunteered with the South Vancouver Community Policing Centre and Citizens’ Crime Watch, and recently worked as a deputy sheriff. Khaled is fluent in French.
Matthew grew up in East Vancouver, attending Templeton Secondary School. In 2013, Matthew joined the Canadian Forces and began training as a reservist in the 15th Field Artillery Regiment. He also started volunteering for the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre. Matthew worked as a use-of-force role player for both the West Vancouver Police Department and the VPD Tactical Training Centre. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled at the JIBC Law Enforcement Studies Program. In 2016, Matthew was hired as a part-time VPD Traffic Authority, Jail Guard and Special Municipal Constable. Due to his exemplary work ethic and references, he was successful in a competition for a full-time position with the Community Safety Program in 2016. This has provided valuable experience for his future in policing.
Isabell was born in Vancouver and raised in Richmond. She graduated from H.J. Cambie Secondary School with honours, and received two business scholarships. During her time in high school, she was an avid volunteer within her school and in the community. Isabell continued her education at BCIT and graduated in 2015 with a business management diploma and leadership associate certificate. Isabell is currently working as a transit security officer with the Coast Mountain Bus Company and continues to enhance her skills by attending developmental courses through the VPD and the JIBC.
Nicholas was born in New Westminster and raised in Port Coquitlam, graduating from Riverside Secondary School with honours. Growing up, Nicholas developed a strong passion for tae kwon do. He won two gold medals at the BC Provincial Championships, trained at an elite sports academy in China, and currently holds a third-degree black belt. He attended the University of British Columbia Okanagan where he earned a bachelor of science degree with honours in biology. In 2016, Nicholas was hired by the Vancouver Police Department as a Traffic Authority Member, Community Safety Officer, and a Jail Guard. He is fluent in Cantonese and volunteers with the Special Olympics. Nicholas has a number of other family members who are police officers with the VPD: his uncle, Howard Chow, is the Superintendent of Personnel Services; another uncle, William Cho, is a Detective in the Homicide Unit; an aunt, Christine Cho, is a constable in Patrol; another uncle, Peter Hooper, is a constable in the Traffic Enforcement Unit; and his sister, Kayla Chow, is a constable in Patrol.
Michelle was born in New Westminster and raised in Port Coquitlam. She graduated from Riverside Secondary School with honours from the French Immersion Program. Michelle attended Simon Fraser University where she earned a bachelor of arts in psychology. She worked in the forensic psychology field, where she has liaised with a variety of criminal justice agencies in BC. This exposure to law enforcement led Michelle to pursue a career in policing. She has volunteer experience with the Vancouver Rowing Club, the S.P.C.A., and Corrections Canada.
Joel was born in New Westminster and raised in Coquitlam. He graduated with honours from Dr. Charles Best Secondary School. Joel excelled in sports, leading his soccer team to win the BC Coastal Cup, and his lacrosse team to take home a provincial championship. He is also a talented singer and musician, singing with a large community choir, which gave him the opportunity to sing abroad. Joel attended Simon Fraser University, graduating with bachelor of arts in criminology. During school, he was employed as a student border services officer for the Canadian Border Services Agency for three years. In 2016, Joel was sworn in as a VPD special municipal constable. He has since had the opportunity to work all city districts, gaining the respect of patrol members and a reputation as a hard-working, team-player with a great attitude.
Carmen was born in Maple Ridge and raised in Pitt Meadows. She graduated from Pitt Meadows Secondary School in the French Immersion Program. As a youth, she participated in many sports and developed a passion for water polo, playing on the provincial and junior national teams and representing Canada at two junior championships. Carmen attended the University of Hawaii, continuing to compete in water polo, and was ranked amongst the top athletes by the NCAA. She helped Canada win a first-ever silver medal in the FINA Water Polo World League Super Final, and at the Senior World Championships. Carmen graduated from the University of Hawaii with a bachelor of science and a major in family resources. She competed twice with the Canadian Senior Women’s National Water Polo Team for a spot in the Olympics, and is recognized as a leader in the water polo community. Carmen was an avid volunteer and is a role model for upcoming athletes. She also speaks French.
Jennifer was born and raised in Richmond. Growing up, she was heavily involved in sports, playing basketball, volleyball, and field hockey, as well as soccer at a silver level. Jennifer attended Matthew McNair Secondary School and was awarded the District Dogwood Scholarship for athletic excellence upon graduation. She went on to complete her bachelor of arts degree in criminology at Simon Fraser University in 2016. Jennifer has been working in the restaurant industry and volunteering for the Khalsa Diwan Community Policing Office. She is the daughter of Vancouver Police Inspector Vince Forsberg.
Shawn was born and raised in Toronto and graduated from Newtonbrooke Secondary School. In high school, Shawn developed a strong passion for football and was recruited by a number of universities across Canada. He attended Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, QC, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Throughout university, Shawn was the captain of the varsity football team and was subsequently drafted by the BC Lions in 2010. He has played with the team for seven years and assisted the team in winning the Grey Cup in 2011. Off-season, Shawn has volunteered with the BC Lions’ community outreach team, working extensively with youth.
Nam was born in Ontario and raised in Aldergrove, graduating from the Aldergrove Community Secondary School. In high school, Nam was a captain of the rugby team and received the Most Valuable Player award for two years. He was also employed as a customer service representative at an electronics store where he received numerous awards for his performance, including the Elite Circle of Excellence Award, and an all-expense-paid trip to Jamaica for being one of the top sales associates in Canada. Nam is currently enrolled in the University of the Fraser Valley in the Criminology Program, and is a volunteer with the Langley RCMP. He is fluent in Vietnamese. Nam’s brother, Viet Hoang, is a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department.
Matthew was born in Germany and raised in Courtenay, BC, graduating from Georges P. Vanier Secondary School with honours standing. He attended Queen’s University where he earned a bachelor of science in environmental science, again, with honours. During university, Matt was a member of the varsity rowing team. Since graduating, Matt has worked extensively as a project coordinator and manager for a number of high-profile, multi-million-dollar construction projects, both in the public and private sectors. He has volunteered with Big Brothers for the last six years.
Cecilia was born in Vancouver, grew up on Vancouver Island, and graduated with honors from Kwalikum Secondary in Qualicum Beach, BC. She attended Vancouver Island University for four years, obtaining her bachelor of science degree in nursing, with distinction. Cecilia completed student nursing placements at Surrey Memorial, BC Women’s, and Nanaimo General hospitals. Throughout this time, she volunteered as a firefighter for five years with the Coombs Hilliers Fire Department, where she reached the rank of lieutenant. For the past four years, she has worked as an RN at the Burnaby Adolescent Forensics Centre, and as an ER and psychiatric nurse at St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency and the Vancouver Jail. Cecilia was recently a clinical instructor with UBC, where she taught and assisted nursing students during their mental health department rotations.
Connor was born in Penticton and raised in Castlegar, BC. As a youth, Connor was drawn to gymnastics, and while attending the University of the Fraser Valley he was introduced to cheerleading. He has competed in three world championships and is a provincially recognized cheerleading judge. Connor was also a torch-bearer for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He has worked as a manager in the banking industry and volunteered with the West End Community Policing Centre.
Christopher was born in Vancouver and raised in Coquitlam. As a child, he studied martial arts, achieving a black belt in tae kwon do, and winning numerous championships, including two first-place awards at the BC Provincial Championships. He was a volunteer tae kwon do instructor, and is also an accomplished pianist. Christopher attended Heritage Woods Secondary School, where he continued to excel in music, adding guitar and jazz piano to his repertoire. Following high school, he attended Douglas College and earned a diploma in criminology. Christopher worked as a carpenter in the construction industry before he was hired as a Community Safety Officer in January 2016. While employed with the VPD, Christopher has volunteered his time mentoring at-risk youth. Christopher speaks Cantonese.
Nicholas was born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby, graduating from Magee Secondary School. He was a competitive swimmer and qualified for the provincials twice. He was awarded the Most Valuable Manta Award for his leadership, commitment, perseverance, and passion. Nicholas was a member of the Navy Cadets, where he was awarded the Unsung Hero Award, and was promoted to chief petty officer first class. He attended Simon Fraser University and earned a bachelor of business administration. During university, Nicholas worked as a lifeguard and recreation supervisor. He was a volunteer with the Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre and also on the Board of Directors. Nicholas worked as a correctional officer before being hired by the Vancouver Police Department.
Zack was born in New Westminster and raised in Coquitlam. As a youth, he excelled at hockey and later played for the Battleford North Stars and Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Upon his return home, Zack decided to focus on a policing career and academics. In 2014, he obtained a diploma in criminology from Douglas College. Zack has worked in the property management industry and has volunteered with the New Westminster Police Department as a reserve constable.
Nicholas was born in Penticton. He grew up in North Delta and eventually settled in Duncan, BC. He attended Cowichan Secondary School, and after graduation he enrolled in the Business Administration Program at Vancouver Island University. In 2013, he went on a ride-along with the Vancouver Police Department and discovered that policing was what he wanted to devote himself to. Nicholas has been employed as a correctional officer with the BC Correctional Service. He has volunteered as a reserve constable for the Saanich Police Department, the RCMP Citizen Patrol, and as an operator with the Vancouver Island Crisis Line. He is an active participant with the VPD Judo Club.
Megan was born and raised in Vernon and attended Vernon Christian School. She competed in volleyball at the provincial and national level, and was the captain of the city of Vernon team. Megan graduated from Simon Fraser with a bachelor of arts, majoring in criminology with a minor in psychology. She recently worked in the restaurant industry as a supervisor, and volunteered with the Granville Community Policing Centre and Crime Stoppers.
Kalen was born and raised in Port Coquitlam and graduated from Riverside Secondary. Growing up, Kalen developed a love for fitness, which he continues to make a huge part of his life. He is enrolled at Douglas College and is working towards obtaining his Criminology Diploma. In 2016, Kalen was hired by the Vancouver Police Department as a Traffic Authority member and Community Safety Officer. He has volunteered with the West End Community Centre and as a dog quarry for the Vancouver Police K9 Unit.
Lauren was born in Burnaby and raised in North Delta. Competing in team sports has always been one of her passions, playing volleyball, basketball, and soccer at competitive levels. Before graduating from French Immersion high school, Lauren participated in the VPD Student Challenge, which influenced her to consider policing as a career. She attended Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she earned an associate of arts degree in criminology. Lauren has worked in the service industry, for the Corporation of Delta, and as a 9-1-1 operator at E-COMM. Lauren’s father is VPD Inspector Ralph Pauw.
Ian was born in East York, Ontario, and raised in Toronto. He attended the University of Guelph, receiving a bachelor of arts with honours in French and German. Ian joined the Canadian Army Reserves, and while training to become an intelligence operator, attended Glendon College, earning an additional degree, and a certificate in French/English translation and professional communication. Ian’s service with the military includes two overseas deployments, where he received the Chief of Defense Staff Commendation. He is fluent in French and conversational in German.
Boyd was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. As a child, Boyd loved sports but quickly realized that his passion was football. He played competitively throughout high school and during university with the Regina Thunder and the UBC Thunderbirds. Boyd was a distinguished player and was often captain of his teams. In 2015, during Boyd’s final year of university football, his team won the Vanier Cup — a dream come true. Boyd graduated from UBC with a bachelor of arts, with a major in psychology. He has recently worked with the developmentally disabled.
Tatiana was born in Burnaby. She spent the majority of her childhood in Coquitlam and Surrey, attending the Pacific Academy where she graduated with honours. After high school, Tatiana took the opportunity to travel through Europe before enrolling in the Criminology Program at Simon Fraser University. She completed two years of studies at SFU and went on to complete a legal administrative assistant certificate at Douglas College. For the past five years, Tatiana has been working as a Jail Guard for the Vancouver Police Department, and recently trained as an acting supervisor. She is married to VPD Constable Ben Highmore.
Dennis was born in Seattle, Washington, and raised by his extended family in Vancouver. In 2010, he graduated from Britannia Secondary and studied arts and science at Langara College. Dennis transferred to Simon Fraser University where he is pursuing a degree in criminology. Since 2014, he has worked for the VPD as a Community Safety Officer and Jail Guard. Dennis also has volunteer experience with the Collingwood Community Policing Centre and in childcare. He is fluent in Vietnamese.
Malcolm was born and raised in Maple Ridge. From an early age, he engaged in sports at competitive levels, finally focusing his attention on baseball. He spent years working as an umpire for the Ridge Meadows Minor Baseball Association, while playing on many provincial all-star and select teams. Malcolm competed in tournaments throughout Canada and the USA before graduating from Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary with honours. He has been enrolled at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, where he is completing his bachelor of arts in communications, while playing for the school’s Wolfpack baseball team. He has volunteered his time coaching and mentoring young players in youth camps and working in the automotive industry. Malcolm’s father, Ian Upton, is an inspector with the VPD.
David was born and raised in Vancouver. He played a variety of sports as a youth and was consistently named captain or assistant captain due to his leadership abilities. After high school, David began to consider a career in law enforcement. He joined the VPD Judo Club, earning a brown belt. He volunteered for VPD’s Citizens’ Crime Watch and worked as a loss prevention officer. David also studied criminology at Langara College. He has served as a Vancouver Police Traffic Authority member, worked in the Covert Intercept Unit, and in 2011, was promoted to project leader, working with multiple investigative sections on major VPD projects. These experiences will serve him well in his new career as a police constable.
Michael was born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby. He graduated from Alpha Secondary School with honours and received a bachelor of arts degree, with a major in English and a minor in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. In 2016, he was hired by the Vancouver Police Department as a Traffic Authority member, Community Safety Officer, and Jail Guard. Michael was recently hired as a VPD Cadet Team Leader, and is a tutor for their homework club. Michael volunteers at the Brentwood RCMP Community Policing Office, and at the BC Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre. He also plays senior men’s rugby and coaches high school players.