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DUBÉ e@ca.qc.lévis_et_chutes_de_la_chaudière 2000-11-27 federal election
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DUBÉ Antoine
Bloc Quebecois Party

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DUCEPPE e@ca.qc.laurier-st_marie 2000-11-27 federal election
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DUCEPPE Gilles
Bloc Quebecois Party

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DUHAMEL e@ca.mb.saint_boniface 2000-11-27 federal election
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DUHAMEL Ronald
Liberal Party

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DUNCAN e@ca.bc.vancouver_island_north 2000-11-27 federal election
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DUNCAN John
Canadian Alliance Party

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DUNN e@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-28 published
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From cop to the cloth
Sun Times Staff, Page A1
"I hope I'm as patient as I've ever been," says Knox United Church minister Ralph SCHMIDT, who left the police force after an on-the-job injury.
"But I may have a different sense of reality than they would expect me to have.
"As a police officer you also come to learn that there are so many shades of grey to every situation that you enter in to. Very few are black and white." Sun Times reporter Scott DUNN talked to the local minister who's also worked as an Owen Sound police officer.
SCHMIDT says the two roles have many similarities, such as learning to live with the unexpected.
"There is no way to plan a shift in policing," he said.
"Absolutely no way. Its 85 per cent routine, 10 per cent clerical and five per cent sheer terror. And you just never know when the bell tolls, when the call comes in."
[See "Reverend Redux", Page B1 for the rest of the interview]

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DUNN e@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2004-12-28 published
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Reverend Redux
The life of a minister might seem worlds away from that of a police officer but the two can complement each other, former city police constable and returned reverend Ralph SCHMIDT tells Scott DUNN. Page B1
Life has come full circle for Reverend Ralph SCHMIDT, the former police constable who's traded in his Criminal Code for a Holy Bible. SCHMIDT was an ordained minister when he was hired as a constable with the Owen Sound police 14 years ago at age 40. The Kitchener police force turned him down in his early 20s because he wore glasses.
He'd worked as a minister in Nova Scotia for five years before experiencing a crisis of faith when his newborn son died. He ministered a few more years but left the field because he didn't always believe what he needed to, he said.
Policing let him intervene to help in people's lives earlier than when a minister is usually called to help. That appealed to him.
"It was that kind of wish, to serve more actively, that was one of the motivators of going into the police."
But a spinal injury he suffered while struggling with a suspect two years ago led to early retirement and a renewed call to the ministry, which began at Knox United Church in August, he said in a recent interview.
SCHMIDT sat wearing a cleric's shirt and white collar in one of the pews that radiate in semicircular rows from the front of the church. Facing him were the magnificent organ pipes which span the entire church front. To his right high above, stained glass windows shone behind balcony seats.
The burnished oak panelling, the carved wooden details below of the balcony railing, the fine acoustics of the 700-plus seats in the church built in the 1880s all present a rich setting in which to worship, he noted proudly.
The jobs of police and minister seem quite different but they're a lot alike too.
Every police shift began with a briefing by the shift supervisor, where the day's priorities and concerns were shared. At Knox, church staff meet weekly to do something similar.
"As a police officer, you learn to live with the unexpected. There is no way to plan a shift in policing. Absolutely no way. It's 85 per cent routine, 10 per cent clerical and five per cent sheer terror. And you just never know when the bell tolls, when the call comes in.
SCHMIDT has wrestled his share of drunks outside the downtown bars. He has walked into dark buildings not knowing for sure whether an assailant might be lurking around the next corner. He's been dispatched to car crashes.
"The safety of all parties involved, all of those kinds of things go through your mind as you activate the siren and lights and head down to the scene."
A minister's tithe is spent similarly, with the same five per cent of terror for which you can never fully prepare.
"In other words, the phone rings and you never know if it's going to be somebody saying 'Could we sing number so-and-so on Sunday 'cause I really like it?' or it's going to be someone saying 'We just found my dad dead and we need you here at the house right away."'
He thinks his faith in God made him a better cop, in a subtle but crucial way.
"You accomplish no good in either policing or ministry if you try to pound somebody with what you believe. All you can do is try to live it. What I tried to do, most of the time, was to he a different kind of police officer: To be extra kind, to be as diligent as I could to ensure justice was done..."
SCHMIDT's Sunday sermon commands his attention all week, between visits to the hospital, seniors' homes and tending parishioners' needs. He tries to get started on an idea Monday, then fills in the sermon, drawing on his experiences as a police officer and in life.
His life as a cop has also affected how he prefers to minister. He'll step away from the pulpit to stand as an equal with his parishioners.
One Sunday during a sermon about John the Baptist, he donned a headdress and an old poncho and walked up the aisles, assuming the prophet's character.
He's seen lots while working for the city police and so he's known to "tell it like it is," in church.
"I think it allows me to maintain a different level of reality. Because there are times when I can say, been there, done that, got the T-shirt... I haven't been sheltered from much of anything over the years."
But because he sees through a police officer's eyes, which have seen so much, he guards against preconceptions when he walks into each situation.
"I hope I'm as patient as I've ever been. But I may have a different sense of reality than they would expect me to have," he said, then added: "As a police officer you also come to learn that there is so many shades of grey to every situation that you enter into. Very few are black and white."

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DUPLAIN e@ca.qc.portneuf 2000-11-27 federal election
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DUPLAIN Claude
Liberal Party

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