Cst. McKay is a 30 year veteran of the Peel Regional Police. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Certificate in Law Enforcement and Administration from the University of Toronto along with a number of certificates from the Ontario Police College, St. Francis Xavier University and the Canadian Securities Institute. Tom also completed the one year Ambulance and Emergency Care program at Humber College and is certified as an Emergency Medical Care Assistant (EMCA) for the Province of Ontario.
In 1991, Tom attended the University of Louisville, Kentucky where he successfully completed the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) programme. He has been attached to the award winning Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention Services where he specializes in CPTED for the past twenty-four years.
Tom has lectured extensively throughout the province on CPTED and is responsible for developing and teaching a basic and level II CPTED course which he has taught throughout North America and Bermuda. Tom developed a popular series of courses known as the Crime Prevention Academy which provides citizens of the Region of Peel with in depth crime prevention training on a variety of themes including how to keep the kids safe and avoid trouble. Tom has also taught Community Policing at Sheridan College Brampton, and Humber College Toronto.
Tom has contributed a number of articles to Plan Canada, Problem Solving Quarterly, Blue Line, Canadian Property Management and Security Management magazines and is a recipient of numerous awards including the Police Executive Research Forum’s prestigious Herman Goldstein Excellence in Problem Solving Individual Award, a two time winner of the Peel Regional Police Detective Robert Boyne Memorial Crime Prevention Award and the 2004 Community Policing Award from the Mississauga Chinese Businessman’s Association. He is also designated as a subject matter expert by the Washington based Police Executive Research Forum. He subsequently provided school-based, on-site technical assistance to grantees of the U.S. Dept. of Justice Community Oriented Policing program.
Tom is founding Chair of CPTED Ontario, an organization that he developed that is devoted to the promotion of CPTED principles throughout the province of Ontario. He is currently the Canadian Director of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) and a member of the Mississauga CPTED Advisory Committee. He is a former Director of the International CPTED Association, the Brampton Safe City Association and the Etobicoke Crime Prevention Association as well as past co-Chair of the Central Ontario Crime Prevention Association.
Tom has frequently appeared in the local and national media as a CPTED expert and is a guest blogger on the Frankie Flowers web-site.