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Captain James H. MacGillis

Captain James H. MacGillis is the Director of Training at the Milwaukee Police Academy where he manages and supervises police recruit training, in-service training, and specialized training for the Milwaukee Police Department. He manages a full time staff of instructors that utilize best adult learning practices in the delivery of realistic and court defensible training. He has testified numerous times as a use of force expert and training expert in the areas of officer-involved shootings, the training and delivery of verbalization skills with physical use of force, and in custody death prevention. He is a 24+ year veteran and has previously worked in patrol, investigations, training and communications. He has managed many projects related to use of force policy development within his agency, and he consults at a state and national level regarding tactics and use of force best practices (Washington D.C, Shanghai, China, and EMS World Conferences). He is also a co-consultant and co-author of a number of training manuals that are the state standard for using force and tactics in the state of Wisconsin as a member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board-Tactical Skills Advisory Committee (2005-Present).


Captain MacGillis is an emeritus Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) research scholar with the National Institute of Justice and has consulted on a number of research projects with RAND Corp, George Mason University, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLFEIA), International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), and IACP. He holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee focusing on adult education programs. He is also a WI-DOJ Command College graduate and Certified Public Manager through UW-Madison. He has also served in the US Army as a combat medical specialist and currently is the Military Liaison Officer for the Milwaukee Police Department for separating and returning service members.

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