Tuesdays at Ten: Inspector Steven Goodine

Man in police uniform on duty speaking into police radio with blue safety gloves on.
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service
Oct 06, 2015

On Tuesday October 6, 2015, Inspector Steven Goodine of the Professional Standards Branch with the London Police Service joined us to discuss the employment of persons with disabilities in a policing environment.

Success in life is about opportunity and as employers we can provide the chance for people with disabilities to use their skills and not only enhance their own lives but add to the lives of their co-workers. Providing employment to a person with a disability is very rewarding and shifts the focus from the bottom line to lifting someone to the top of their abilities.

Inspector Goodine in police dress uniform with medals pinned to front.
Inspector Steven Goodine, Professional Standards Branch with the London Police Service

 

Twitter Transcript: 

Ability First: Good Morning @SGoodine & thank you for joining us from the London Police Service (LPS) this morning. #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Good morning everyone! #Tuesat10

Ability First: We’re also joined by Sheila Appleton, Employment Specialist with @CommLivLondon & LPS Partner in Employment. Good morning Sheila. #Tuesat10

Community Living London: Good morning, thank you for having us with you @AbilityFirstLdn @SGoodine. #Tuesat10

Ability First: We understand sworn member qualifications for the London Police Service are statutorily prescribed @SGoodine? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: That's right. We've had a member with a prosthetic leg who completed physical testing, met standards & was hired. #Tuesat10

Ability First: The LPS also employs many civilians & there exists great opportunity in hiring people with various types of disabilities in these roles. How many civilians does the London Police Service currently employ? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Currently we have 200 people employed in civilian roles within the LPS. #Tuesat10

Ability First: What types of LPS @lpsmediaoffice roles are filled by civilians? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Many diverse roles, mainly support staff for police operations such as Administrative Assistants, Automotive Technicians, Communications Operators, Financial Services, Family Consultants & the list goes on. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Have you had any prior experience working with people with disabilities @SGoodine? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Yes. I have been connected with @SOOLondonCan for many years and have close relationships with athletes with intellectual disabilities from my experience with @SOOLondonCan. #Tuesat10

Ability First: How has your experience helped to shape your outlook on hiring people with disabilities? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Being connected with people with intellectual and physical disabilities you quickly realize the only limits they have are ones we put on them. It's important to recognize their ability first rather than disabilities. It sounds cliché but it is absolutely true. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Why did the London Police Service (LPS) decide to hire someone with a disability @SGoodine? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: We've had significant commitment to @SOOLondonCan for over 25 years & this opportunity was a natural extension. Special Olympics adds to the physical and emotional well being of the athletes and employment adds financial security as well as structure & responsibility to their lives. Employment enhances their lives but also adds value to LPS as meaningful work completed & work experience improved for all by social interactions. #Tuesat10

Ability First: What were your feelings on hiring Special Olympics athletes at the London Police Service? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I was proud of our service for taking this step to provide opportunities to people with disabilities. I knew our service would embrace our new employees, ensure they succeed & are accepted as part of LPS family. #Tuesat10

Ability First: How did @lpsmediaoffice go about finding the right people for the jobs LPS had available @SGoodine? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: We worked with @CommLivLondon to identify the best people for the work and the work environment. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Can you describe one of the positions filled at @lpsmediaoffice? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: One position is a Document Protection Worker (DPW) responsible for shredding confidential documents. #Tuesat10

Ability First: How has this employee worked out for the London Police Service? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: DPW position has worked out very well, he does great job & is a significant part of police service family. #Tuesat10

Ability First: And @CommLivLondon, how has the London Police Service worked with you in return? #Tuesat10

Community Living London: We were able to determine hiring needs to pre-screen skills & abilities to establish a suitable fit. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Some common misconceptions you hear other employers talk about when they hear LPS hires people with disabilities @SGoodine? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I would hear things like, “That must take a lot of time to manage someone with a disability" or “How do they fit in to the work environment?” or “Can you really find work for them or is it a make work project?” #Tuesat10

Ability First: How do you attempt to correct these misconceptions? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I reinforced the positives & ensured people it was real work and the member was valued for their abilities. Most people don’t realize that after short time, member just fits in & you don’t even see the #disability. They do their work and they are one of the team. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Have you ever faced any of your own barriers to employment? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I have had injuries that have caused me to be accommodated for short periods of time but always knew I would return to full duties. I wanted to contribute in some meaningful way & not sit at home waiting to heal.#Tuesat10

Ability First: Do you think these experiences have given you a more open outlook on hiring for ability first? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Having structure in my life and the social aspects of work were important to me so I can relate to the importance of work even though I had limitations. It's not direct comparison but did give me greater insight. #Tuesat10

Ability First: What is your advice for other employers? #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Success in life is about opportunity and as employers we can provide the chance for people with disabilities to use their skills and not only enhance their own lives but add to the lives of their co-workers. Providing employment to a person with a disability is very rewarding and shifts the focus from the bottom line to lifting someone to the top of their abilities. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Please finish this sentence @SGoodine, “I hire for #AbilityFirst because..." @lpsmediaoffice #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: “I hire for ability first because when one succeeds we all succeed.” #Tuesat10

Ability First: Thank you so much for joining us @SGoodine. We appreciate your time & dedication to putting ability first. #Tuesat10

Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Thank you. We are proud to say that we see ability first. Have a great day everyone. #Tuesat10

Ability First: Thank you Sheila & @CommLivLondon for taking part in today’s #Tuesat10 as well.

Community Living London: The LPS fosters opportunities & inspires possibilities. Partnering experience has been so positive for everyone. #Tuesat10

Ability First: For more information on @CommLivLondon's free employer resources visit: http://abilityfirst.ca/partners-employment/community-living-london & hire for ability first. Thank you for following along today everyone. We’ll see you back here on November 3, 2015 for our next #Tuesat10.

We always appreciate those of you who join us for our live Tuesdays at Ten sessions, and welcome new voices to our discussions. We encourage you to ask questions, share your thoughts, and interact with our presenters. Please mark your calendars for the first Tuesday of every month at 10:00am as we continue to highlight various local businesses who successfully put ability first in the workplace.

We hope you’ll join us for our next Tuesdays at Ten, taking place on Tuesday November 3, 2015.

To review transcripts from past sessions please visit our Tuesdays at Ten archives.

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