I had been a police officer for twelve years in British Columbia, Canada before I decided to put my career aside to pursue my PhD studies concerning police training and reform, both at the local and international level. I was the Senior Police Specialist for the Police Assessment Resources Center (PARC) in Los Angeles, California where I assisted in the audit of police departments and the development of a community-policing manual for community members. Prior to that I served as the Policy Advisor on Law Enforcement for the Global Justice Program of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia and contributed to the "The International Criminal Court and Victims and Witnesses: A Practitioners Guide".

In Mexico I served as the Director of the Oficina de Certificación Policial for the Instituto para la Seguridad y la Democracia (INSYDE), a non-profit, non-governmental agency that seeks to enhance public security in Mexico through police reform. In this position I helped to create a nation-wide police certification program called the Centro de Certificación Profesional de Agencias Policiales (Certipol). Over the years, I was able to closely work with many different police agencies in Mexico which allowed me to gain a keen insight into the operations of policing in Mexico as they struggle to confront the drug cartels.

Further, in the last year I have authored a police training manual for the Morelos Police Academy, “Adolescentes en conflicto con la ley, Proyecto Presunción de Inocencia" in México, for the Open Society Justice Initiative, contributed chapters to a book on the use of force as well as written international journal articles.
And, I recently assisted Amnesty International as a delegate for their investigation of police corruption and abuse in the Dominican Republic.


Currently, besides working on my mapping project of the deaths related to the Drug War in Mexico, I work as a consultant to provide expert witness services to Mexican asylum and CAT cases in the United States.


Walter McKay

Walter McKay, 

Morelos 70-101, Colonia del Carmen, Coyoacán
cell: 011 52 1 55 2773 1597 

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