Kerry Watkins

Kerry Watkins conducted more than two thousand interviews during his 30-year career as a criminal investigator, in which the majority of his time was spent in specialized units investigating a wide range of matters, including police corruption, corporate fraud, and homicide. Kerry was the principal interviewing instructor, course designer, and subject matter expert at the Toronto Police College from 2012 to 2017, where he developed, introduced ,and taught innovative interview training courses to hundreds of new and experienced investigators. In 2017, he was granted the Chief of Police Award of Excellence for his contribution to interviewing education and practice in Canada. He has formally studied interviewing in North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and is primary author of the widely used text Interviewing and Investigation (3rd ed.; Emond Publishing, 2017). He has also published on interviewing issues in books, journals, and magazines. Kerry’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminology, and a Master’s degree in criminology, both from the University of Toronto; and a Master of Laws degree in criminal law and procedure from Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a full-time professor at Humber College, and an adjunct faculty member in the Ongoing Professional Development Program for investigative professionals at Osgoode Hall Law School. Kerry is Director of The Interview Group Inc.—a private consulting firm that provides investigative interviewing skills training and support to organizations in the public and private sectors.




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