Author's Biography


Scott Childs currently practices law in Ontario, focussing on the regulation of police across Canada at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. His expertise includes governance, complaints and discipline, as well as related administrative and human rights issues that arise in the workplace.

Mr. Childs began his career as a serving police officer with the Toronto Police Service and, later with the Ontario Provincial Police, in roles from uniformed constable to detective sergeant.

Mr. Childs has over a dozen years of experience as a criminal prosecutor with Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General in the Guns & Gangs trial office, as well as with the Department of Justice (Canada). He is also a past-president of the Ontario Crown Attorneys’ Association, which represents Ontario’s 1,000 assistant crown attorneys.

Most recently, Mr. Childs was the deputy director and senior counsel for Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review Director, the province’s independent civilian oversight agency responsible for managing, investigating and overseeing public complaints against police.

He is a graduate of the University of Windsor law school, and completed his articles at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mr. Childs is a member of the Bars of Ontario and British Columbia.

Finally, Mr. Childs has co-authored the last five editions of the Ontario Police Services Act, Fully Annotated, and has regularly lectured on police governance and discipline and criminal law.