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John McKay: Short Bio

John McKayJohn McKay has recently retired as an Inspector with the Vancouver Police Department. He was been a police officer for 36 years, initially with the RCMP and since 1984 as a member of the VPD. During that time, he has become an expert in defensive tactics, crowd control, use of force and personal protection techniques. Among his many accomplishments, in 2003 he was instrumental in developing an innovative ‘train the trainers’ protection strategy for women working in the high-risk street sex trade. This program received the Women and Cities Award for Unique Program in 2004. Among the many groups he has worked with, he has provided training to St. Paul’s Hospital Security, Vancouver Hospital Security and Code White Teams, BC Place Stadium Special Event Security, GM Place Special Event Security and Hosting Staff, Pacific National Exhibition Security, the Ministry of Social Services in Burnaby, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, and Every Women’s Health Clinic.

Mr. McKay is an internationally recognized trainer in violence prevention and personal security. He is a liability and risk management specialist and is recognized by the Canadian Judiciary as an expert witness on Use-Of-Force. John McKay is a second-degree black belt with over 40 years experience in the Martial Arts. He provides personal protection and use of force training for security professionals through Use of Force Training Programs.  

Highlights of John’s career include:


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology/Sociology - University of Winnipeg, 1973
  • RCMP Training Academy Regina, Saskatchewan,
  • Instructor at RCMP Training Academy
  • Instructor at Justice Institute BC Police Academy
  • Plus various courses in specialized police techniques

Consultant - Confrontation Management, Use of Force

Trainer – Personal Protection and Use of Force – Use of Force Training Programs.  

Organizations John has worked with include:

  • RCMP – Various Sections             
  • Regional Crown Counsel - Vancouver
  • Canada Customs
  • Oceans and Fisheries Enforcement
  • Attorney General - Yukon Territory
  • Police Boards – Various
  • Unions and Employee Representative Federations
  • Community Health Organizations
  • Corrections Service of Canada, Kent Institution
  • Hospitals - Various
  • Workers Compensation Board B.C.
  • Event Security: BC Place, GM Place, PNE
  • Retail Store Security - Various
  • Coast Mountain Bus
  • Court Services – Local, Regional and Federal Level
  • Ministry of Social Services – Various Locations
  • City Legal Services – Various Locations
  • Vancouver Parks and Recreation – Various Locations
  • Vancouver Stock Exchange
  • Sex Trade Advocacy  Groups
  • Citizen’s Crime Watch, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Victim/Witness Services
  • Douglas College
  • BC Gas
  • Insurance Corporation of B.C.
  • Airlines & Air Services
  • Conferences & Symposiums

Consultant – Personal Safety

  • Community Centres
  • Government Offices
  • School Boards
  • Business Improvement Associations
  • Government Regional and Frontline Staff
  • Community Policing Centres
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Staff
  • Reservation Band Office Staff

Chief Constable Unit Citation for Bravery 14 June 1994
Chief Constable Unit Citation for Hostage Rescue April 2004
Women and Cities Award for Unique Program protecting women, August 2004

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