Cst. Mack knew as a young lad in Grades 3 and 4 that he wanted to be a Police Officer, strongly influenced by family members who were also Policemen. He says that this vision for his future never wavered even through the high school and post-secondary years.
Cst. Mack, originally from M’Chigeeng First Nation, has been working in law enforcement since 1994, starting his career with Metro Toronto Police and the South Simcoe Police Service working a as part time Court Officer, full time Parking Enforcement Officer then became a sworn Police Constable in December 1997.
Cst Mack started working for UCCM in 2005. He has extensive training in Major Case Management, Search Warrants, General Investigative Training, Street Drug Awareness, Scene Collision Investigation, Traffic Generalist, Scenes of Crime Officers, Policing & Diversity, Speed Measuring Radar, Investigative Interviewing & Interrogation Techniques, Sexual Assault Investigation, Homicide Investigations, and Aboriginal Gang Reduction Strategies. Cst. Mack is interested in seeing First Nation Police Services achieve equality standards that other Ontarians have access to. Dave would also like to devote time to some of our services cold cases and continue to learn more about trauma informed approaches to helping.
A milestone for his career and personal life was the decision to return to Mnidoo Mnising, to work in the communities and share the full spectrum of his experiences with others. Dave is motivated by the people in the communities he gets to work with, striving to solve problems and help people resolve issues stating “it’s not all about convictions”.
Cst. Mack likes that in policing you need to be a jack of all trades, it is not cut and dry – you need to consider everything. He says “if people learn or curb their behaviour through other means like life lessons, and not only strict enforcement, i.e. getting a ticket, then I’ve achieved my goal”. He says that it is a good feeling when you are recognized for your knowledge in policing but the challenge is balancing work and home life.
A final message Dave would like to share is…”Don’t be afraid of us…sometimes we may have our game face on because of sensitive tasks that need to be done, and that’s what is going through our minds…it’s not that we are being unfriendly, we are here for our people”.
January 31, 2017