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Top 40 Under 40: Staff Sergeant Bob Gauvin
19835 Robert “Bob” Gauvin is a Staff Sergeant with the Hamilton Police Services.
Some fight crime on the street. Others fight it in a courtroom.
Staff Sergeant Bob Gauvin does both.
A drug cop with a law degree, he has pushed laws into new territory, using every legal mechanism at his disposal to shut down the city’s worst drug operations.
Unlike many who head into policing, Gauvin had no cops in his family. It was a turbulent upbringing with an abusive father that inspired him to go into law enforcement. While a Churchill Secondary School student, he walked into a police station and asked the front desk officer what he needed to become a cop.
“Get an education,” he was told.
He earned a scholarship to Kingston’s Royal Military College and was excelling there when he made a difficult decision to leave so he could support and protect his mother and young brother. He earned an economics degree at Lakehead University, graduating first in his class. Police services weren’t hiring at the time, so he got an Osgoode Hall law degree.
A day after graduation, he started at Ontario Police College as a Brantford Police recruit.
In 1999, Gauvin joined Hamilton Police as a patrol officer. A couple of years later, he articled in-house with his own service and was called to the bar. While working as a Crown prosecutor in Kitchener, Gauvin had his pivotal moment. He was prosecuting a domestic assault case in court when he heard a scream from the hall. He ran past police and stopped the accused man assaulting his wife in the courthouse.
“I realized at that moment, I’m more effective as a police officer.”
This month he was promoted to staff sergeant and is now back in uniform.
Despite his legal acumen, he thinks of himself as a street cop — ready to be first through the door.
Original article published in The Hamilton Spectator by Susan Clairmont.
14098 Chris B Wattie, veteran National Post reporter, wrote, Contact Charlie, The Canadian Army, The Taliban and The Battle That Saved Afghanistan, which chronicles the lives of soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry during their tour of duty in 2006.
Wattie was one of the first Canadian journalists to spend significant time with Canadian soldiers in the field in Afghanistan. Also notable is his military background: he grew up in a military family, spent time at Royal Roads Military College before becoming a journalist, and also serves as an army reservist with the Toronto-based Governor General’s Horse Guards.
Wattie effectively uses his military and journalistic experience to paint a detailed and accurate picture of the war against the Taliban. But he also manages to do it in a manner that makes Contact Charlie a really good read. The book helps put a human face on what our soldiers are going through in Afghanistan, in p articular in the very dangerous Kandahar province.
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