Walking the beat and playing to the beat are Constable Jesse Weeks’ passions.
Weeks said his father, songwriter and lead singer Gary Weeks of the popular 1970s group Gary and Dave, was his musical influence.
“I grew up listening to a lot of different music and I guess I caught the writing bug from a young age,” he said. “I was writing songs in my early teens before I even thought about policing as a career. As I started post-secondary education, though, policing became more and more attractive as a career. I really felt my personality would be a good fit and, in hindsight, I have had to say I was right. Policing continues to keep me extremely engaged as there is always something new to learn and someone new to help.”
Two years ago, the 52 Division officer and singer-songwriter collaborated with Vancouver songwriter Craig Smart to produce a song, “I Found You.”
Through his connections, Smart – who started his music career as a rapper – connected with Jenson Vaughan, one of Canada’s premier songwriters.
“He passed the song on to Project 46 and they loved it,” said Weeks, who joined the Service 13 years ago.
Signed to Ultra Music, the world’s largest dance label, Project 46 is a Canadian DJ/producer duo comprising Thomas Shaw and Ryan Henderson.
“They made a few amendments to the song, produced it and added it to their album,” added Weeks, who won a national songwriting competition five years ago and his song, Answers, was used by CBC for an episode of the TV reality show, “Village on a Diet.”
Writing songs is a great way for me to clear my mind and keep balanced as a person
The electronic dance music album was released on July 10 and “I Found You” is the sixth track.
He said the song has proven to be popular with listeners.
“It’s been played around the world and they love it,” said Weeks, noting that it’s interesting to see where his music goes, whether recorded by a Latino boy band or a Korean popstar.
Teaming up with award-winning singer Brant Pethick, the duo produced another, “When I Am With You,” released on iTunes on July 22. He also collaborated with Tiffany Desrosiers and Nicholas Cunha to release “Love’s A Losing Game” and “Family” respectively.
“Writing songs is a great way for me to clear my mind and keep balanced as a person,” says Weeks, of why he continues to write and perform.
He also appreciates the opportunity to show people he encounters in music that police officers have a wide variety of interests.
“I think the average person working in the arts wouldn’t come to know much about policing so, when they have the chance to directly work with an officer in a creative capacity, it changes their perceptions and humanizes the police as a whole.”