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Brian Whitelaw




Brian Whitelaw is both the Subject Matter Expert and tutor for CRJS 425 - White Collar Crime and Investigation. He is also an Inspector with the Calgary Police Service. He has served with the Calgary Police Service for 22 years. During that time he been in charge of the Professional Standards Section (Internal Affairs), and most recently lead the integration of police emergency communicators within the City of Calgary's Public Safety Communications. Brian has also been assigned to the Traffic Section, Chief Crowfoot Learning Centre, as well as operational police districts throughout the City of Calgary including the downtown core. Brian has participated in a number of public safety events including G8, the World Petroleum Conference and the explosion of Hub Oil. Prior to joining the Calgary Police Service, Brian worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for five and one half years while he completed his undergraduate degree in political science.

Since then he has maintained a strong interest in learning. Brian has worked for Athabasca University since 1997. He has also been an instructor at Mount Royal College (Calgary), Dalhousie University, University of Calgary as well as a guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University (B.C.).

Brian has contributed significantly to police learning across Canada. He has worked to develop a values based curriculum for new police officers. He has also developed three national courses – Policing the Modern Community (Dalhousie University), a Professional Standards Investigators Course as part of a joint initiative between the Ontario Provincial Police and Calgary Police Service. He is also the subject matter expert for Athabasca University's Criminal Justice 425.

Brian has co-authored three national textbooks on policing to strengthen Canadian content for students interested in policing. One of his textbooks, “Community Based Strategic Policing in Canada” (2005) has been adopted by police services in Ontario as required reading for police officers seeking promotion. The third edition of this textbook is scheduled for release in 2009.

Brian has a Masters Degree in public policy, law and administration from the University of Calgary and a certificate in conflict management.

Brian has served in an executive capacity for the Calgary chapter of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and the Alberta Criminal Justice Association.

Updated February 23 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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