Those working, living and visiting the downtown core have come to recognize the face of Katie Titus, the Truro Police Service’s summer beat constable. Having started on the beat at the beginning of May, Titus has been keeping a presence in the downtown area, including businesses, the skate park and Victoria
TRURO – A woman gets out of her car, smiles and waves. A man on a bicycle stops to chat shortly thereafter. She says “nice bike” as a man walks away from his motorcycle.
With a big smile on her face, Const. Katie Titus stops to talk with the man on his bicycle. It’s not their first encounter, and it no doubt won’t be their last.
“Since (the) Moncton (shootings) happened, so many people just want to talk. They’re really appreciative. There are some that throw out (police) insults, which is sad, but there are some that just want to talk.”
That’s just a small portion of what happens when Titus walks halfway up Inglis Place.
“Mostly they’re happy to see me, but some aren’t,” said Titus, the Truro Police Service’s summer beat officer who mainly walks the downtown core during the daylight hours during the week. “It comes with the job. I just do my best.”
Since the beginning of May, Titus has been familiarizing herself with the businesses and people of the downtown core, which also includes the skate park and Victoria Park.
“I’m looking for things such as no helmets, smoking on Inglis …things that are ongoing.”
The 26-year-old Sussex, N.B., native has always wanted to be a police officer and before coming to Truro for the summer position, she did the same type of position in Charlottetown.
“It was always more so a dream and a passion for me, that’s why I continued with my schooling first. I wanted to have the most life experience prior, so I completed a degree (in psychology) at St. Thomas University.”
Having played basketball while growing up, attending university also gave Titus a chance to continue with the sport.
Following her graduation, she worked a casual position at a provincial jail in New Brunswick.
“I wanted to understand and make sure that policing was really what I wanted to do,” she said.
And it is.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Titus spends her time walking the beat, but then hopes in a vehicle with other officers Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
But when she’s not in a vehicle, that doesn’t hinder Titus’s ability to continue as if she was. She said there was one instance on Brunswick Street where a car took off near some kids.
“I was still able to get him to pull over and talk with him,” she said. “You can still do the job without a vehicle.”