Kim Audette is in the top 40

When Kim Audette (BAHon’01) left Milestone for the University of Regina she had no idea that she would end up being recognized as one of 5 Canadians in the top 40 under 40 law enforcement professionals in the world in 2017.

Awarded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the designation honours those who “demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession.”

Audette certainly exhibits these traits. Her impressive resumé includes the development of a crime analysis program that specializes in geographic profiling. She has also trained several analysts and established best practices models in her division with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

However, Kim’s interest in law enforcement was not piqued until her third year in the U of R’s psychology program. In fact, she started University taking social work but quickly realized that her interests lay in psychology. An inspiring introductory course helped her realize that she wanted to obtain a research-based degree.

As an alumna of the University of Regina, Kim understands how the skills she honed in school translate into the critical thinking skills necessary in her field. “The University ensured I developed as an engaged thinker, and that I was set up to succeed in the analysis portion of what I do in my career,” she says of her undergraduate degree. “More than that, however, it allows me to satisfy both my keen interest in human behaviour and my desire to help people.”

Kim now approaches life with a “just do it” philosophy that means that in addition to her work in crime analysis with the RCMP she is also a University of Regina PhD candidate in forensic psychology. “My dissertation focuses on identifying high-risk child offenders under the age of 12,” she explains, and she has hopes of using her research to help the RCMP establish a strategy for dealing with these child offenders.

A career in law enforcement has allowed Kim to fulfill her interests in helping people and human behaviour, and she is quick to credit the U of R for helping her acquire the skills she now uses every day, both at work and in her doctoral program. The University of Regina recently celebrated 758 students receiving a total of 776 degrees, diplomas, and certificates at Fall Convocation. That means 758 more engaged, critical thinking minds recently joined our community as engaged members of society, and it is exciting to profile one of the more than 70,000 alumni who work around the globe in diverse roles like that of Kim Audette.

Published November 16, 2017