Inspector Roy started her career early on as a first responder constable in British Colombia. She quickly took on more responsibility by being involved in several community policing initiatives in many of the divisions throughout Canada. In 2005, Insp. Roy was recognized by her fellow police women and received the Police Woman of the Year award from the Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement. This award is presented to a female officer who has a history of excellence in all four areas of leadership, mentoring, community service and excellence in performance.
The RCMP is Canada’s only national police force, with a workforce of over 26,000 employees, including regular and civilian members. Although the organization is still male dominated, it has come a long way since 1974 when women were first permitted to join. Inspector Roy is proud to be part of an organization that promotes gender mainstreaming. As one of the pioneering women in the organization and as a commissioned officer, she has been a long-standing activist for gender balance. She was responsible for creating a Women’s Advisory Committee to the Commanding Officer of Nova Scotia in 1999 to provide him with advice relative to issues affecting women in policing. She has also organized several leadership forums specifically aimed at promoting women and has been the voice for many women in addressing and finding solutions for areas of concern.
During the past 5 years, Inspector Roy has been involved with the International Consortium for Public Safety Leadership. She is currently the lead on a research project focused on gender mainstreaming and studying whether some personality types have been underrated or under recognized in promotional assessments. Inspector Roy assembled the academic team with members from both Canada and the United States and helped design the research project.
Inspector Roy spent one year working on a United Nations Mission in Haiti. While leading a team tasked with assisting the Police National d’Haiti (PNH) instructors, she developed a training for cadets to recognize situations where heightened gender sensitivity would be needed. Inspector Roy created the program and managed the daily and weekly reports on its activity.
While Insp. Roy was stationed in Nova Scotia as the officer in charge of Aboriginal and Diversity policing, she was the lead partner in a community management committee. Inspector Roy directed the implementation of a school-based program,“Nemi’sink”, an evidence-based program developed on scientific program models with full evaluations and subject to academic publications and peer valuation.
Inspector Roy has consistently provided added-value to any community where she has served and has strived for growth in the RCMP whenever possible. Her management skills and mentoring of talent have drawn other acclaimed professionals to work alongside her.
Inspector Roy is the recipient of the 2013 NAWLEE/Motorola Woman Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.