Constable Natalie Durst
Currently in her 14th year with the Service as a Police Constable, Natalie started out her career working a Primary Response Unit (PRU) Officer in 52 Division responding to calls for service from the public.
"I really enjoyed working in the PRU because it was a busy and fast-paced environment," says Durst, of being a frontline emergency responder. "I also had the opportunity to learn a lot, and work with really great people."
While at 52 Division, she later worked in the Community Response Unit, where officers police large events such as festivals, keep the peace at protests and do proactive patrols of the Division on bicycles.
She then took on a plainclothes assignment, working in an investigative role at the downtown Division investigating everything from theft to fraud to firearms cases.
"I was able to take on my own investigations, and see them through from start to finish," says Durst, of the role that offered independence but also mentorship. "I was fortunate to be able to work with a great team of experienced officers who were able to share their knowledge with me, which has helped me throughout my career."
Prior to her current role as a Training Constable at the Toronto Police College, she worked at Talent Acquisition as a Background Investigator where she conducted interviews and background investigations on applicants applying for the position of Police Constable.
Now, working as an instructor at the College, she is one of the first people Cadets In Training meet when they start their training.
"It’s been a rewarding role as I have the opportunity to see new recruits from day one of their training at the College to their graduation day," says Durst. "It's great to see people begin their new and exciting careers as officers with the Toronto Police Service!"