Monica Chertok

Monica Chertok


Monica Chertok joined the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) in February 1988, as the first black female officer.

Her first assignment was to Winnipeg’s busiest district as a foot patrol officer and then moved into a regular patrol unit. She then transferred to another busy district, followed by the Community Policing Division where she focused on chronic ongoing community issues.

Monica entered the Community Relations Unit where she became a school resource officer, responsible for 52 schools. She also served as Diversity Officer where she represented the service at many community events such as recruitment symposiums and many other forums.

Monica promoted to the rank of patrol sergeant, where she had 24-hour responsibility for approximately 27 subordinate police constables and civilian support personnel citywide. The WPS command staff, impressed with her organizational skills, transferred her to the Planning and Policy Office and there charged her with completing the WPS’ effort to become internationally re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). She ensured that the agency complied with more than 400 CALEA standards and, and was instrumental in crafting more than 200 directives, which were published in the WPS Policy and Procedures Manual.

On the successful re-accreditation of the WPS, Monica was transferred to the Public Information Unit (PIU), There, she served as a press information officers (PIO). In that role she represented the Service to the public, often through major media outlets, including but not limited to the Winnipeg Free Press and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). She also served as the Chief’s representative on many issues. She remained in this role until her retirement in May 2013.

Chertok holds a public relations associates’ degree from the University of Winnipeg. She resides in Satellite Beach Florida with her husband.