Working closely with JIBC’s Police Academy, JPSD (created October 1, 2010) focuses on the design, development and implementation of academic certificate and diploma programs, as well as graduate and post graduate programs aimed at all professionals involved with justice and public safety.

Faculty Biographies

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Karen Abrahamson is a criminal justice/social service consultant, specializing in harassment investigations, internal investigations, program development, and program evaluation. Before going into consulting, she worked for BC Corrections, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the Ministry of Health for 17 years. She has published short fiction and non-fiction works, and co-authored a book on stress management in the helping professions.

 Al Arsenault BSc, BEd, is a retired Vancouver constable whose 27-year career was mainly dedicated to street-level policing. As a beat officer in the Downtown Eastside, he co-founded the Odd Squad, a group of volunteer police officers renowned for making high-quality anti-drug films such as Through a Blue Lens (1999) and Tears for April (2007). Over an 18-year period, he gave court testimony as an expert in non-firearm street weapons. His 20 commendations include several Lieutenant-Governor Awards and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Meritorious Service. An accomplished martial artist with multiple-level black belts, Al is an assistant coach to the Vancouver Police Judo Club and a contract Control Tactics instructor at the JIBC Police Academy.

Jennifer Black is the On-line Instructor of Basic Security Training (BST) for the JIBC and has been teaching for the Security Training Program since 1996. For the past 20 years, she has been working in the security industry in various capacities which have included operations security management for a large Canadian university, as well as concert, event and protest security management. Additional capacities include strategic protection planning, asset protection, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Planning, Critical Incident Stress Management Consultation, Corporate Security Management and Museum artifact preservation consultation. Her experience encompasses both the contract and proprietary environments in security operations. In addition to teaching the BST, she is also employed as a Security Manager within a large government agency. She continues to develop and deliver a diverse range of safety and security related workshops which are based on harm-reduction, shifting employee culture to enhance security protocols, workplace safety and emergency response training.

Chris Borgstede has been a police officer with the Delta Police Department since 1992 and is currently assigned to the Integrated Canine Service. Before becoming a police officer, Chris graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law and practised law in Edmonton.


Oliver Demuth, LLB, is a lawyer with 15 years of experience as both employer and union counsel. He has extensive experience in collective bargaining, negotiating, mediation, and adjudicative processes in both the public and private sectors. He is currently employed as a human resources/labour relations consultant in a large public sector employers’ association, and maintains a part-time labour law practice.

Peter Ditchfield has a long and varied history in law enforcement, including extensive experience conducting investigations as a Vancouver police constable; for the Vancouver Integrated Intelligence Unit and the Vancouver Police Department Internal Investigation Unit; and as an Inspector in the Tactical Support Section associated with the Emergency Response Team, Gang Crime Unit, and Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Unit. While serving in the Coordinated Law Enforcement Unit, Asian Crime Team, he was designated as an expert in Asian crime by BC and Federal courts. Peter was Deputy Chief Officer for the Organized Crime Agency of BC, and Acting Head of Investigations in the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission.

Phil Eastwood, MA, has over 28 years of policing experience in both the UK and Canada, and currently serves with the New Westminster Police Service. He has worked as a Public Order instructor, Field Training Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Watch Commander, and Professional Standards Officer, and as an Emergency Planner in the New Westminster Police Community Services Division. Phil holds an MA in Leadership and Training (MALT) from Royal Roads University, with a focus on Restorative Justice Practices.

Robert Feenan, MA has been a police officer with the Vancouver Police Department since 1997. He spent 3½ years as a Legal Studies instructor at the JIBC Police Academy and taught a number of advanced police training courses. He is currently assigned to the training section of the VPD. Robert completed his BA (Geography with a minor in History) from SFU and holds a MA (Criminal Justice) from the University of the Fraser Valley.

Linda Fisher, BA, MA, has been a member of the Douglas College Criminology faculty since 1987. She has served as chair of the Criminology Department and coordinator of the college’s Criminology program. She completed her BA (Criminology) and MA degrees at Simon Fraser University. 


Gary Green, MA, served with the Victoria Police Department for 28 years. He retired in 2001 as the Sergeant in Charge of the Forensic Identification Section. Gary’s specialties are crime scene investigation, forensic photography, and presentation of courtroom testimony. He has a master’s degree in Applied Communication and served as the Aboriginal Liaison officer for his department, developing cultural awareness programs and workshops.

Tara Horkoff has worked at JIBC as an English instructor for the LESD program since September 2009 and has developed curricula for both the English 100 and English 105 courses. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester. While Tara has taught in a number of fields, she has specialized in English for over a decade and has worked extensively with post-secondary international programs both overseas and locally.  While Tara has extensive experience with English curriculum development, she has a passion for teaching and most enjoys being in the classroom interacting with students.


Joel Johnston is a 24 year police veteran specializing in Force and Emergency Response training.  He has served with the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General as the Use of Force and Municipal Emergency Response Teams Coordinator. He has a BA in Economics from Simon Fraser University along with certificates from Penn State

University in Less Lethal Weapons Technologies, and Minnesota State University’s – Force Science Institute – Use of Force Analyst Program. Joel holds a third degree black belt in Shotokan karate. Recognized as a Use of Force Subject Matter expert by the Courts across Canada, he is a published author, presenter to national and international conferences,

Consultant and certified Instructor in numerous defensive tactics, less lethal weapons and firearms systems. He is a Force Response Options Instructor-Trainer for the Province of BC and has instructed use of force-related subject matter extensively internationally.

Aaron Junglas, MEd, has over 20 years of police experience. An instructor at the JIBC since 1996, he has taught Legal Studies for police recruits, Criminal Intelligence, Tactical Surveillance, and Drug Investigations to municipal officers, and has also taught in the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program. Aaron has a master’s degree in Education from the University of Victoria, with a focus on crisis leadership.

Darrell Kean, BA (Social Psychology) and MA (Criminology), is a former Vancouver police officer who teaches criminology at Langara College. Darrell has expertise in conducting evaluations and operational reviews within the criminal justice and social services environments.

Bill Kim is currently an active police officer with over 20 years of experience in law enforcement.  Bill has taught at the Justice Institute of British Columbia since 1998 and is a provincially certified Use of Force instructor.  He holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and has been an exponent of the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido for over 30 years.

Julian Knight has been a New Westminster police officer for 16 years and an instructor at the JIBC Police Academy for over 12 years. Key positions have included eight years with the Emergency Response Team, three years as a Use of Force instructor at the Police Academy, and over 20 years of martial arts experience.

Jennifer Kwok is a serving member of the Vancouver Police Department and is currently assigned to patrol duties. She holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of Alberta, was previously employed by the Federal Court of Canada, and has worked as a practising lawyer in Vancouver.


John McKay is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg's Bachelor's degree. He has been practicing eastern and western martial arts for over 45 years. As a serving police officer, he was in charge of one of Vancouver's full time ERT Squads and a founding member of the Vancouver Public Safety Unit where he was involved in numerous public order incidents. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector, and as an Incident Commander and Public Order Commander he handled over 200 hundred incidents. As a subject matter expert in Use of Force, he has testified in over 40 cases across Canada.


Steve Schnitzer, MA, is a Program Director in the Justice and Public Safety Division and heads Continuing Professional Education and Academic Programs. A member of the Vancouver Police Department for 30 years, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2007, with responsibility for Personnel Services. After retiring in September 2010, he took on the role of Program Manager for the JIBC’s Law Enforcement and Regulatory Training program. Steve has an MA in Leadership and Training (MALT) from Royal Roads University, a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the BC Institute of Technology, and a Certificate in Criminology from Douglas College.

Linda Stewart recently retired from the Vancouver Police Department after a successful 35- year career. With extensive instructional experience that includes teaching negotiation skills in Indonesia, she currently teaches Tactical Communications and Introduction to Investigative Skills and Processes in the Investigation and Enforcement Skills Certificate Program, as well as Interviewing Skills and Legal Studies to police recruits.


G.P. (Jules) Tessarolo is a Sergeant with the Abbotsford Police Department and the NCO in charge of the Staff Development Section. Previously he had also served with the RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department. His 26 years of police experience includes uniform patrol, community policing, major crime, surveillance, drug squad, emergency response, recruiting, and human resources. He has developed and presented a number of investigative courses for the JIBC.

D.M. (David) Toddington provides advanced Internet-based intelligence services to a number of police and government agencies in Canada and the United Kingdom. A former vice president and general manager of a national Canadian Internet service provider with a solid background in policing, he has operated his information technology consulting firm for the past 11 years.

Mike Trump, MA, is Director of the JIBC Justice and Public Safety Division, with responsibility for graduate and postgraduate academic programming and for the delivery of continuing professional development for law enforcement and security professionals both domestically and internationally. He retired from the Victoria Police Department in 2007 after over 28 years of service. From 2001 to 2007, he was seconded to the JIBC as Deputy Director of the Police Academy. As manager of advanced police training, he was responsible for developing the new Law Enforcement Studies Diploma program. Mike has an MA in Leadership and Training (MALT) from Royal Roads University, a Diploma in Public Administration from Camosun College, and a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Victoria.

Wayne Unger has been a police officer with the Saanich Police Department for 20 years. He was a Police Academy Use of Force instructor for four years and is currently a Provincial Force Response Options instructor/trainer. He is a court-recognized expert in the use of force and has a fourth-degree black belt in judo.


Rob Warren has been a police officer with the Saanich Police Department for 10 years, during which time he has worked as a Uniform Patrol Officer, a Traffic Safety Officer, and an Investigator in the Detective Division. His other duties include control tactics instruction, legal studies instruction, and hostage/crisis negotiation. Before joining the Saanich Police Department, Rob served in the Canadian Armed Forces and was a secondary school teacher in the Saanich School District. He obtained his BA degree from Royal Roads Military College and his Secondary School Teaching Certificate from the University of Victoria.

Sue Wazny, MSc, has worked as an adult educator in government agencies, educational institutions, social services, and the private sector for 15 years. Her clinical practice includes workplace mediation, harassment investigation, team facilitation, performance coaching, and critical incident stress management. Sue is a member of Family Mediation Canada. She holds an MSc in Psychology and certificates in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the JIBC.

S/Sgt. Dave Wood is currently the Police Dog Program Manager for the RCMP – Pacific Region.  Dave has worked in police dog service across Canada for the past 23 years. Dave has extensive experience in instructing and validating dog teams. On behalf of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Dave drafted the original Provincial Validation Standard in response to new legislation under the Security Services Act. Dave continues to conduct Canine Validations and consult with Security Training Programs.

Dave Yurkiw has recently retired from 34 years in policing as a Sergeant/Trainer for the Integrated Canine Service. Dave spent the last 20 years of his career in the Dog Section where he gained his experience and training. Dave has developed the Provincial “Security Dog Validation Standard” and process on behalf of the JIBC for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. Dave continues to offer his expertise to the program and conduct validations.

Last updated March 8, 2018