Transcript: Kathy Doughty: Emergency Task Force Officer | Mar 30, 2000

(music plays )

Fast clips show female pilots, police officers, reporters, scientists, firefighters, artists, construction workers, and other women at work. A title appears on screen: Women’s work.

Then, a female police officer appears leaning against a patrol car inside a warehouse.
A caption reads “Kathy Doughty. E.T.F. Officer.”
Kathy is in her thirties, with short wavy blond hair. She’s wearing a blue police uniform.

She says I WORK IN THE EMERGENCY TASK
FORCE, AND I'M A TACTICAL
OFFICER WHICH IS WHAT MOST
PEOPLE KNOW AS A S.W.A.T TEAM.
I RESPOND TO A LOT OF
HIGH-RISK CALLS AS THE
EMERGENCY TASK FORCE WOULD
BE CALLED TO SUCH AS ARMED
PERSONS, BARRICADED PEOPLE,
HOSTAGE TAKINGS, EMOTIONALLY
DISTURBED PEOPLE, MAYBE
SUICIDAL ARMED WITH A KNIFE.

Fast clips show Kathy driving a patrol car on a highway.

As she drives, she listens to the police radio and says
OKAY, IT LOOKS LIKE RIGHT THERE
WE GOT REQUESTED TO A CALL.
IT'S AN EDP WHICH STANDS FOR
AN EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSON.
IT LOOKS LIKE HE'S
BARRICADED HIMSELF INSIDE
AN APARTMENT BUILDING.
SO WE'RE GOING TO HEAD THERE
NOW, AND THE REST OF THE TEAM
WILL MEET US THERE.

A male voice on the radio says
THEY WEREN'T MAKING ANY
HEADWAY WITH THE PERSON SO
THAT'S WHEN THEY CALLED.

A slate reads “Canada’s first Emergency Task Force units were established in 1975 to deal with possible terrorist incidents at the 1976 Olympics.”

The male voice on the police radio says
THIS GUY MIGHT'VE STARTED A
FIRE IN THE APARTMENT THERE, EH.

Kathy says SO SOME MORE INFORMATION THAT
THIS NOW MAY HAVE STARTED A
FIRE IN THE
APARTMENT BUILDING.

She turns on the sirens.
[sirens blaring]

She narrates WE EACH HAVE OUR OWN
INDIVIDUAL KIT WHICH IS LIKE
A GAS BAG AND A RADIO SYSTEM
AND A BALLISTIC VEST.

She appears behind the patrol car and shows a weapon as she says
THIS IS AN MP5, IT'S A
SUBMACHINE GUN, AND I'M JUST
LOADING IT UP.
THIS IS THE MAGAZINE.
[clicking]
AND IT'S ON SAFE.

She narrates
I CHOSE THE MERCY TASKFORCE
BECAUSE WHEN I FIRST CAME ON
AS AN OFFICER I RECEIVED A
TOUR HERE, OUR RECRUIT CLASS,
AND I THOUGHT THE WORK WOULD
BE REALLY INTERESTING.

As she gears up by a police van, she says
LOOKS LIKE SOME
MORE INFORMATION.
THIS GUY'S BARRICADED THE
BOTTOM OF THE DOOR SO IT MIGHT
BE HARD TO GET ENTRY SO WE'RE
GOING TO BRING ANOTHER RAM UP,
SOME MORE BREACHING EQUIPMENT
SO WE CAN GET IN THE DOOR.

Fast clips show the task force entering a building flanked by firefighters.

Kathy narrates AT THE MERCY TASKFORCE ALL
WE'RE RESPONDING TO IS
THOSE HIGH-RISK CALLS.
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
TRAINING FOR.
WE'RE TRAINING FOR THAT
HOSTAGE TAKING, FOR THAT
PERSON ARMED WITH A GUN,
THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TRAINING
FOR, WE'RE TRAINING
FOR THAT HIGHEST LEVEL.

Now a girl around 14 appears on screen with a caption that reads “Lauren. Student.”
Lauren has long wavy brown hair and wears a headband.

She says I THINK THE COOLEST JOB I
COULD EVER HAVE WOULD BE MAYBE
LIKE WORKING ON A
S.W.A.T. TEAM.

About six firefighters stand in a narrow hallway inside an apartment building.

One of them yells
DENNIS, WE'RE NOT
HERE TO HURT YOU!
WE'RE JUST HERE TO HELP YOU!

In her interview, Kathy says
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I
ENJOY AT THE MERCY TASKFORCE IS
CALLED DYNAMIC ENTRY, AND
IT'S WHEN WE GET A CALL THAT
SOMETHING HAS TO BE DEALT WITH
FAIRLY QUICKLY AND WE'RE GOING
TO GO INTO A PLACE DYNAMICALLY.
AND THAT'S BREAKING THE DOOR
AND CLEARING A HOUSE QUICKLY.

The firefighter yells
DENNIS!
DENNIS!

Kathy continues
THE CHARACTERISTICS THAT
ENABLE ME TO BE AN ETF
OFFICER, I KNOW I SPEAK FOR
MYSELF, I'M COMPETITIVE,
BUT I'M STRONG-WILLED,
LEVEL-HEADED, I FIND THAT
I'M CALM, I DON'T OVERREACT.

A police officer with the firefighters yells
GET YOUR HANDS UP
WHERE WE CAN SEE THEM!
MAKE SURE YOU'VE GOT
NOTHING IN YOUR HANDS!

Another officer yells
PUT THEM ON TOP OF YOUR HEAD!

The first officer yells
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

In the hallway, Kathy explains
AT THIS POINT HE WAS HIDING
HIS HANDS SO IT WAS QUITE A
CONCERN, BUT EVENTUALLY HE DID
SHOW THEM TO US AND THEN WE
WENT IN AND MADE THE ARREST.
PUT THE HANDCUFFS ON HIM, AND
THEN HE WAS BROUGHT OUTSIDE TO
THE TACTICAL PARAMEDICS SO HE
WAS ACTUALLY NOT GOING TO BE
CHARGED CRIMINALLY
WITH ANYTHING.
HE WAS ARRESTED UNDER
THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT.

In her interview, she says
WHAT I ENJOY ABOUT THAT
HIGH-RISK SCENARIO IS IT'S A
LITTLE BIT OF AN ADRENALINE
RUSH, AND IT'S EXCITING
AND I LIKE WORKING
UNDER THAT PRESSURE.
I LIKE TESTING MYSELF, AND
THAT'S WHERE I FIND I'M THE
MOST CALM AND THE MOST FOCUSED
IS UNDER THOSE SCENARIOS.

(music plays)
A slate reads “In 1999, Toronto’s Emergency Task Force responded to 441 calls.”

Kathy continues
THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING
AN OFFICER HERE AT THE MERCY
TASKFORCE IS, BELIEVE
IT OR NOT, THE DOWNTIME.

Clips show Kathy working out.

Kathy continues
WHEN WE'RE NOT ON A CALL WE DO
A LOT OF TRAINING AT THE ETF.
WE DO PHYSICAL TRAINING; WE
START OUR DAY OFF WITH A
WORKOUT WHICH MAY BE RUNNING
OR RIDING A STATIONARY BIKE,
LIFTING WEIGHTS, WE HAVE TO PASS
A PHYSICAL EVERY SIX MONTHS.
WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE MAINTAIN
A HIGH PHYSICAL STANDARD.
AFTER THE TRAINING THERE'S
A RANGE THAT'S INSIDE OUR
BUILDING, A SHOOTING RANGE SO
WE CAN DO WEAPONS TRAINING OR
THERE'S ALSO TEAM TACTICS AND
REPELLING AND A LOT OF OTHER
TRAINING THAT WE CAN DO.
WE HAVE A LOT OF OPTIONS AT
THE MERCY TASK FORCE THAT ARE
LESS LETHAL OPTIONS AS WE CALL
THEM, SUCH AS TEAR GAS AND
RUBBER BULLETS THAT WE CAN USE
THAT THE UNIFORM OFFICERS ON
THE STREET DON'T HAVE.

A clip shows Kathy shooting rubber bullets at a dummy doll.

She picks up a rounded projectile and says
THIS IS A PROJECTILE THAT
COMES OUT OF THE RUBBER
BULLET GUN.
IT'S ACTUALLY A HARD PLASTIC.

Now a male police officer in his forties standing in a narrow hallway faces the screen and says
WHAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO SEE
IS A TRAINING SCENARIO.
WE HAVE BARRICADED AN
EMOTIONALLY DISTURBED PERSON
ARMED WITH A MACHETE.
THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE
TO PRACTICE LESS LETHAL
FORCE OPTIONS.

Clips show a group of ETF officers cautiously opening a door and entering an apartment.

Kathy says
THE PHYSICAL DEMANDS ARE VERY
HIGH SO I THINK IT'S HARD FOR
WOMEN TO REACH SOME
OF THOSE STANDARDS.
I THINK THEY'RE
DEFINITELY ATTAINABLE.
IT'S JUST A MATTER OF
FOCUSING AND TRAINING FOR IT,
LIKE ANYTHING.
SET YOUR MIND TO IT
AND YOU CAN DO IT.

One of the officers says
WAYNE?
WAYNE?
IT'S THE TORONTO POLICE,
EMERGENCY TASK FORCE.

A man yells unintelligible words. One of the officers puts on a gas mask.

Kathy says
I THINK DOING THIS JOB AS A
POLICE OFFICER AFFECTS MY LIFE
IN THE WAY THAT I HAVE A VERY
POSITIVE OUTLOOK, AND THAT I
THINK YOU SHOULD LIVE EACH
DAY TO THE FULLEST BECAUSE
YOU CAN NEVER KNOW
WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

The officers surround the man playing the part of the disturbed person. He’s wearing a gas mask and brandishing a club. The officers shoot tear gas at him and then pin him down.

[loud bang]

Now a girl around 13 appears with a caption that reads “Kimberly. Student.”
Kimberly has shoulder-length straight black hair.

She says I KNOW THERE ARE NOT A LOT
OF FEMALE POLICE OFFICERS,
AND THAT WOULD PROBABLY
GIVE WOMEN A GOOD CHANCE
TO PROVE THEMSELVES.

After the training exercise, Kathy walks up to the officer who played the disturbed person and says
WAYNE, YOU ALRIGHT?

Wayne says
YEAH, PERFECT.

Kathy says GOOD.

Kathy narrates
THE GUYS ON MY TEAM ARE
TREMENDOUS, AND WE HAVE A LOT
OF FUN HERE WORKING TOGETHER.
AND THEY'RE VERY LAID BACK AND
EASY TO WORK WITH SO I
DON'T HAVE TROUBLE AT ALL.
AND THEY'RE VERY COMPETITIVE AS
WELL SO I THINK IT'S GOOD
FOR ME BECAUSE I'M
COMPETITIVE ALSO.
AND I FIND I THINK I REACH
A HIGHER STANDARD BECAUSE
I HAVE TO COMPETE AT THEIR LEVEL
SO IT BRINGS ME UP TO THAT.

On site, she says
YUP, WELL THANK YOU
FOR BEING THE BAD GUY.

She continues narrating
I'VE LEARNT THAT I CAN REACH
SOME THINGS THAT I MAY NOT
HAVE THOUGHT I COULD REACH
BEFORE, AND JUST TO BE
ACCEPTED IN THIS SORT OF UNIT,
BEING THE ONLY FEMALE ON MY
TEAM, IS REALLY
SATISFYING AS WELL.
TO HAVE THESE GUYS ACCEPT ME
AS AN EQUAL AND THAT I CAN DO
THE SAME JOB.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Field audio, Paul Nicholson.

Special thanks to Kathy Doughty.

Producer and Director, Jain Dickson.

Executive Producer, Ray Beyer.

A production of TV Ontario.

Copyright 2000, The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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