Cst. McKay is a 28 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. He 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. For the last 21 years he has been attached to the award winning Peel Regional Police Crime Prevention Services where he specializes in CPTED.
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. Tom also teaches part-time at Sheridan College, Brampton and Humber College, Toronto where he teaches Community based, Strategic Policing. Tom is also responsible for developing and providing in depth crime prevention training to the citizens of the Region of Peel through the development and co-instruction of a popular series of Crime Prevention Academy courses.
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 the Police Executive Research Forum's prestigious Herman Goldstein Excellence in Problem Solving Individual Award and the first annual Detective Robert Boyne Memorial Crime Prevention Award. 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. Tom holds a number of certificates from the Ontario Police College, St. Francis Xavier University and the Canadian Securities Institute.
Tom also developed a new design concept known as Behavioural Based Design.