Yves Ouellet, a teacher became a police officer

joueur-ligne-defensive-rouge-or(Quebec) holds a tray of teaching physical education when he left Laval University, Yves Ouellet has been prof few months. It’s like he does finally police career, a job where, he said, are great similarities with that of a football player.

“In both cases, it can not be individualistic,” says one who was a member of the defensive line of Laval between 1998 and 2001 and which is to patrol Service de police de la Ville de Québec. “It takes teamwork. Everyone has a responsibility and every little detail counts. Moreover, as was the case in football, it’s a whole gang of mind in the police though, because it’s a professional environment, it is not as intense than football. ”

Reflecting on his decision to leave the education community, Ouellet says he loved teaching physical education. But being very competitive and very demanding of himself, he was also to his students. “I realized that teaching general clientele was not for me.”

Ouellet is returned to school. He did a diploma in police techniques at Cégep Alma. Why specialization? As a child he dreamed of becoming a policeman. He also had a knowledge of the profession acquired alongside police while working as a doorman in bars from the time he was playing for the Rouge et Or.

“I am someone who is honest. I liked the idea of ​​protecting people and keeping order. Finally, when you’re a police officer, you do not have routine and you have to manage crises. I learned quickly that I would be able to carry me. ”

Passage in Mashteuiatsh

After working in Ville Saguenay, is in the Aboriginal community of Mashteuiatsh that Ouellet worked as a policeman. Looking for a full time job, he saw the chance smiles to him when Quebec City opened a contest.

“I finished first promotion in 2006 and came back as a patrolman in Sainte-Foy where I am from. Working in Quebec, it is extraordinary. The city has an excellent police service with dedicated police officers. ”

Ouellet acknowledges that his work is not always easy. “Sometimes you come back home and you tell you phew, that’s tough. Being on shifts, it is very demanding on the body. But what is really hard is to work with human emotion, it eats a lot of energy, and the perception of police work since the advent of new technologies and social media.

“Being filmed, that’s okay. But when a person puts on the Web 20 seconds of an intervention which lasted 10 minutes, it encourages people to pass judgment on a job they do not know and part of the intervention that is often not true to what really happened. ”

Still, Ouellet loves his work and the way he speaks reflects. “I’m happy to be patrol because I’m on the ground and in contact with citizens. For me, this is gold. Being a police officer is an extraordinary and very rewarding profession. Skip next to a nursery and see a bunch of little “mouks” that go all over the police send hand, it makes us smile in the face for the rest of the day. Wear the uniform of the Service in the Quebec City police, I think it’s wow! ”

Ouellet did not take time to reconnect with the Rouge et Or on his return to Quebec. He became involved in the Alumni Association. “I needed to take the relationship I had with my family, with my house which is the PEPS.

“Working in the Association gives me a privileged contact with the team. Before each game, I organize a tail gate of the old players. We meet, we placote … It is certain that the frenzy, the spirit of competition and adrenaline are still there. If you are not on the field, it’s because we went too old. ”

The former number 98 says that it is also the Alumni Association that returned the mandate to organize the banquet end of year the football team “A memorable evening. This is where we see that although many years separate us young players, we are part of one family. ”

Speaking of his decision to retire, taken at the end of its fourth year of eligibility, he explains that it was well thought out. “I finished my degree. I realized that the professional level, it was something that was not accessible. At the physical level, football is extremely demanding and I had already won a championship. The warrior in me had done what he had to do in this sport there. I was serene. ”

Although he is very proud of the path he has traveled, Ouellet does not linger there longer than necessary. “What happened in my past is what makes that I am the person I am today. I look forward. But it is certain that I will always stay involved in football. ”

Questions answers
Q Highlight?

R Vanier Cup in 1999, but even more our Canadian victory in the semifinal against the Saskatchewan Huskies. We were so underestimated. Also to have been a starter and defensive captain. And in my last year of getting the most devoted player of the team.

Q Key Characters?

Francesco R “Pepe” Esposito, a man of great wisdom and great life discipline. Jacques Chapdelaine, for his honesty and discipline and Glen Constantin for its work ethic and all the energy he puts into the team. Also, Jacques Tanguay. It’s amazing to see the dedication of this man.

Q Higher quality?

A I think I am very disciplined and determined. I am passionate. And extremely generous and devoted.

Q Greater default?

A I’m too competitive. When you always want to excellence in all, it becomes difficult to satisfy. I also had trouble with failure. But I realized that we learned a lot more in defeat than in victory.

Q Any regrets?

R None except perhaps my way of working out. At the time, the emphasis was on gaining weight and strength. Today, drives are much more dynamic.

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