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Tim McMillan

Retired city police officer Tim McMillan will discuss his police reform efforts during Lakeland University’s annual Constitution Day Lecture on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bradley Theatre. This free lecture is open to the public.

In 2004, a federal law designated Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in the U.S.

McMillan has become an activist for police reform. He has worked relentlessly to improve police interactions with minority communities, and fearlessly speaks out for racial equality. He maintains an active social media blog ( where he discusses contemporary civil rights issues and inspirational insights.

In July of 2002, after two of his friends were murdered during a robbery, McMillan decided he wanted to do something to make a difference within his community by becoming a police officer. Fifteen years later, Lieutenant McMillan retired as a veteran law enforcement officer having served in a diverse range of roles, including investigator, crime scene technician, K9-handler, sergeant and lieutenant.

McMillan is a Peace Officer Standards and Training-certified law enforcement instructor who has taught numerous academy and in-service courses. Additionally, he has developed and taught courses on topics such as implicit bias, perceptional awareness and cognitive psychology for law enforcement.

He graduated summa cum laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology and has completed graduate studies and research in cognitive psychology and human consciousness. He is also a graduate of Columbus State University’s Professional Management Program.

McMillan was named the 2006-2007 “Police Officer of the Year” at the Garden City Police Department, in Garden City, Ga. Additionally, while serving as the part-time Beach Patrol Commander, he was named the 2012 Police Officer of the Year for the Tybee Island Police Department.

McMillan is a seven-time Chief of Police Accommodation recipient. In 2016, his work in police community involvement was recognized by the Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office. McMillan was also named the 2016 “Protector of the Peace” by the national non-profit organization Races for Peace.

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