Video opens with Cst. Nancy Saggar speaking. A photo of her being 8.5 months pregnant appears on the screen. The video continues with Cst. Saggar speaking about being a pregnant police officer and her anxieties surrounding how her pregnancy and maternity leave will affect her career goals and aspirations.
Cst. Saggar continues talking about her experience as several photos of her working in uniform are displayed on the screen. The video ends with a photo of her wearing a shirt that says
Due in March.
My name is Constable Nancy Saggar. I’ve been a police officer for 11 years now. I am currently 8 and half months pregnant with my first baby. And so I thought it might be a good idea to talk about pregnancy and policing. So one of my major concerns was, what happens to my career once I become pregnant and I am gone on (maternity) leave for a year to 18 months? Is that going to affect my career aspirations?
Realistically that is an anxiety that I think a lot of women in this job have. I'm not alone in that. What helped me navigate and get through those feelings was to really just sit down and have a frank conversation with my supervisor and bring my concerns to the table. Once I did that, I was actually met with a lot of support from my supervisors and from my bosses. It really helped quash some of the anxieties that I had surrounding my career goals. Sometimes it’s just nice to have a supervisor tell you that you’re still a part of the team.
Just because you become pregnant doesn’t mean that you’re not a contributing member of the RCMP. So I think that is something that is very important for women who are entering this job who either are considering having a family, or maybe you already have a family, and you want to become a police officer, it’s totally possible.
There are going to be adjustments that need to be made, you may not be able to answer the 911 calls, especially the violence situations, the way that you would have if you are in fact caring a child. Obviously at a certain point you’re no longer going to fit into uniform. It’s simply not physically possible to wear a gun belt and put on a kevlar vest when you are heavily pregnant. It’s also just not safe. So that is something that has to be addressed.
I am in a position where I’m able to work from the office and still contribute. There are tons of investigations that are done not necessarily out in the field, but behind the scenes, and so that’s a way that you can contribute. So if you’re out there and you’re thinking is this a job for me? Is it possible that I could be a police officer and be pregnant at the same time? Or be a police officer and be a parent at the same time, and have a family life and have a work life? This is a career that can work for you. There are going to be adjustments that are going to need to be made, but that’s something that you will sit down and discuss with your supervisor and come up with a plan that works.