New recruit Sean Robertson made his first arrest on graduation day on June 11.
Shortly after his father, retired Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) retired Sgt. Steve Robertson presented him with his badge, the rookie officer went on down on a knee and proposed to his girlfriend of nearly three years, Nicole Murray.
She happily accepted the ring.
“I was told not to expect this, so I am in shock and lost for words,” said the elated Murray. “He has an amazing personality and everything about him appeals to me.”
Robertson said he planned the proposal before entering the Ontario Police College (OPC) for training. The night before graduation, he gave his mother, Christine Robertson, the ring.
“I had to get a bigger purse because Nicole was sitting next to me and I didn’t want her to see it when I opened my bag,” she said.
Robertson and his girlfriend celebrated the occasion with family members later in the evening.
“We both have to go to work tomorrow,” said Robertson, who is assigned to 12 Division.
The couple met online.
“We went hiking on our first date and I wore the worst possible outfit,” recalled Robertson. “She stuck with me. She has been the best thing that has happened to me. It has been so insane.”
The young officer is following the footsteps of his father who spent two years with Toronto Police’s Marine Unit in the 1980s before joining the OPP. He retired two years ago.
“Seeing my son graduate and presenting the badge to him is one of the proudest moments in my life,” he said. “My parents were at my graduation at OPC and I now know how they felt.”
It was during his second year in the Police Foundations program at Mohawk College that he fell in love with policing.
“My dad thought I would do well in the military or policing,” Robertson said.
While enrolled in Wilfrid Laurier’s Law & Society program, he spent four months as a clerk at the OPP Port Credit detachment and six months as a Special Constable at Queen’s Park where he met OPP Const. Charmaine Tomlinson.
“When he spoke to me of his desire to be a police officer, I offered to mentor and guide him every step of the way,” she said. “I am so happy to be here today to see some of the fruit of my labour.”
The new couple have bought a house and will begin planning their wedding day soon.