Ryan Wong (HBA 2012)

Ryan WongConstable, Peel Regional Police

A long-time interest in the law led University of Toronto Mississauga graduate Ryan Wong to pursue police training, but hard work and dedication, combined with the foundational education and communication skills he gained at UTM, led to him be chosen as valedictorian of the most recent Ontario Police College graduating class.

Wong, who completed an undergraduate degree in political science and history at UTM in 2012, was one of 240 recruits who recently completed police training through the college, and he beat out seven other applicants to be granted the esteemed title. 

While at UTM, Wong worked part-time as a security guard, first at UTM’s pub, The Blind Duck, and later at the CN Tower. After he graduated, he took the next step towards a law career and enrolled in a continuing education law course at U of T’s St. George Campus called Drugs and the Law. However, his security guard experiences had left a lasting impression, as did an inspiring older cousin who worked for the Toronto Police Service, and he became interested in a more hands-on law-enforcement career. He is now part of Peel Regional Police, and is participating in five weeks of post-OPC training that involves coaching by an experienced police officer.

Wong credits UTM for helping him develop the discipline and the communication skills — through writing papers and making presentations — which he says paved the way to his policing career.

“UTM was definitely a huge help towards me getting into policing altogether,” Wong says. “My education there provided the building blocks for where I am today.”

Originally published on the U of T Mississauga website.

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