Phil’s policing career spanned over 35 years having served with the former Tillsonburg and Ingersoll Police Services, and at the Ontario Police College. Phil is currently a contract instructor at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario where he teaches serving police officers in the field of professional standards.
Phil has an undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Human Services – Police Studies from Georgian College, and a Diploma in Adult Education and a Master of Adult Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University (StFX), Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
While at the Ontario Police College (1983 – 2010), Phil taught in both the recruit and criminal investigation programs. His subject coordination responsibilities include Crimes against Persons, Evidence, and Major Case Management. From 1997–2002, he was seconded to the Campbell Report Implementation Project in Toronto (follow-up to the Campbell Report into the investigation of Paul Bernardo) where he was the Ontario Major Case Management Manual Coordinator as well as the Provincial Major Case Management Training Coordinator. He completed a one-year secondment (2009 – 2010) to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto until his retirement in 2010. Phil testified at the Cornwall Public Inquiry on the History of Investigative Training in Ontario.
Post retirement, Phil taught for six years in the 4th year of the Police Studies Degree program at Georgian College including subjects on professional standards, police governance, human resource management and professional ethics. Phil is a current member of the OACP Education, Training and Professional Development Committee. Phil has taught professional standard related courses for professional standard investigators, police association representatives, police service prosecutors, and hearing officers.