After 25 years with the Winnipeg Police Service, George Kullman decided to take his talents west to join CP Police Service -- an organization celebrating its 100th year of existence in 2023.
Railway enforcement is especially important to Kullman, who says they want to ensure people are safe when crossing. In Portage la Prairie, there are a lot of trains and a lot of tracks.
"It's a great job. It's a great thing to be able to explain to people why they shouldn't be doing certain things. A lot of people don't even think about it. Those paths are there. It's not even a thought. 'I didn't know. I didn't realize. Yeah, I see the signs all the time.' That's one of the problems," says Kullman. "When you're doing that every day, all the time, you're not paying attention anymore, and that's when something happens."
Kullman was a collision reconstructionist with WPS and is now serving for CP Police in Portage, and has been in this position for roughly three years.
It's a job he enjoys, noting he likes educating the people of Portage, rather than ticketing them with the $900 fine for crossing the tracks illegally.
"I can spend a lot of time under the bridge just stopping people from walking, and trying to change that attitude," says Kullman. "I know some people get it, and that it's no problem. They go, 'Yeah, this is the easiest route, but I understand that it's not the safest way.' Other people, they've been doing it for years, and maybe, I have to have further discussions or maybe I do have to write that fine."
CP Police launched back in 1913.
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