Kerry Watkins

Kerry Watkins holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in criminology, and a Masters of Laws degree in criminal law and procedure. He was a member of the Toronto Police Service for thirty years, where he investigated crimes from ranging from corporate fraud to homicide in a number of specialized units. He has served as a police witness in numerous criminal trials, and is a two time recipient of the Chief of Police Award of Excellence for his work in investigations, and investigative interview training and curriculum development. From 2012 until his retirement in 2018, he was the lead investigative interviewing instructor and course designer at the Toronto Police College. Kerry is now director of The Interview Group Inc., which provides interview training, consultation and support services to the public and private sectors. He is also a part time professor at Humber College and the University of Guelph Humber, and an adjunct faculty member in the continuing professional development program at Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to his Emond Montgomery texts Interviewing and Investigation, 3rd Edition and Evidence and Investigation: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom, Kerry has published on investigative topics in Criminal Law Quarterly, the Canadian Journal of Police & Security Services, and Forensic Evidence in Canada, 2nd Edition., as well as various police publications. Kerry believes strongly in the need to integrate the results of scientific research into investigative practice, and is a proponent of continuing education for investigative professionals. When he is not reviewing research materials for his texts, his favourite reading material includes works by Richard Feynman, John Grisham, and especially Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whose inimitable consulting detective - Sherlock Holmes - remains an inspiration to all those who seek to combine the rigour of science with the art of investigative work.