Craig S. MacMillan

Craig S. MacMillan has 30 years of experience in various areas of the Canadian legal system. He has experience as a police officer (in rural and urban policing) in Alberta, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. His postings as a federal police officer have included uniform patrol, Major Crime, Informatics, Operations Policy Unit, Hate Crime Team, Training Branch, Commercial Crime Section, Grievance Adjudications, Member Representative Directorate, Legislative Reform Initiative, Adjudicative Services Branch, and more recently as a professional integrity officer. He has also worked with the Canadian Human Rights Commission (Atlantic Region), the Nova Scotia Police Commission (Investigative Branch), and the British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General Legal Services and Criminal Justice Branches. He holds an honours diploma in law enforcement (Lethbridge Community College), a BA with great distinction (University of Lethbridge), an MA in judicial administration (Brock University), an LLB (Dalhousie Law School), and a PhD in law (University of British Columbia). His doctoral dissertation dealt with police accountability and compelled statements from police officers. He has been a practising lawyer of the British Columbia bar since 1994 and has represented police officers at the provincial and federal levels in various legal processes, including discipline proceedings, coroners' inquests, public hearings, public complaints, and other administrative processes. He has published academic and professional articles on various legal issues concerning criminal justice, policing, and ethics in Police Chief magazine, Police Practice & Research: An International Journal, Criminal Law Quarterly, Canadian Public Administration, The Advocate, RCMP Gazette, Issues of Interest, Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform, Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, and Blue Line magazine. In addition, he has authored Police Accountability in Contemporary Society (Kwantlen University, 2006) and co-authored The Fundamentals of Ethical Reasoning in Policing (Emond Montgomery, 2006). At numerous police seminars, and in-service training courses, as well as other courses, for the Canadian Police College, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the BC Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner, Royal Roads University, University College of the Fraser Valley, and University of British Columbia, he has spoken about search and seizure, investigative interviewing, use of force, the delivery of legal services in policing, liability, hate crime, violence in relationships, and ethics in policing. He has also presented papers or spoken on legal and policing issues at various conferences, including the Canadian Association of Police Educators Conference, the Western Canada Police Educators Conference, the Hate in Canada: Perspectives, Action, and Prevention Conference, the Dealing With Hate Symposium, and the Police Leadership Conference. In 2003, he received the International Association of Chiefs of Police Civil Rights Award in Law Enforcement for exceptional innovation, professionalism, and effectiveness in the areas of education and prevention in dealing with hate crime in British Columbia. He is a former faculty member at Kwantlen University College (Criminology Department), University of British Columbia Continuing Studies (Division of Applied Technology), and current faculty member at the Dalhousie University College of Continuing Education, where he teaches courses related to police, law, and ethics. Craig is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for significant and distinguished service to Canada, and was invested in 2013 as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in recognition of conspicuous merit and exceptional service extending beyond protection of the community.



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