Iraq War Veteran Learning from Investigative Studies
Josh Holgerson brings a lifetime of experience to his Investigative Studies diploma. The 24-year-old aspiring RCMP officer brings a rare skill set to the classroom: he served with the US military in South Korea and in Iraq.
Currently working on a field placement with Enforcement Services in Leduc County, Josh can weigh the similarities and differences between the role and his time in the military.
“The way the peace officers approach the vehicle, how they act with the person they pull over is different,” says Josh. “When I left the base in Iraq, if we approached a vehicle, it was with our guns raised in our hands. Here I’m dealing with the public, not the enemy and I have to conduct myself accordingly, more peacefully.”
But Josh’s sense of adventure remains the driving force behind his career choices: “I love the travel aspect to the RCMP. I’d love to go to up to the Northwest Territories or to the Yukon. I like adventure and doing crazy things. I’m not a fan of living in the city. I grew up on a farm and I prefer being out in the county.”
Read the original article in the Leduc County Express