Inspector Debbie Miller graduated from Carleton University in 1993 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology. She was the first recipient of the Ottawa Police Service Thomas G Flanagan Scholarship (1993). This scholarship is given to a Racialized female and/or Aboriginal female with an interest in Policing.
In 2008, while she was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Insp. Miller collaborated with the International Youth Advisory Congress on a national strategy which focused on online safety and security for youth. The knowledge and skills from this first-of-its-kind project were implemented by schools and policing agencies across Canada as an added tool for combating the exploitation of young people. Insp. Miller lead the Ottawa Police Outreach Recruitment Team, which is dedicated to actively recruiting qualified candidates who are representative of Ottawa’s diverse community. Insp. Miller’s current role is leading the Ottawa Police Customer Service Section.
When not working, Insp. Miller spends time with her family, playing sports and pursuing her love of photography. Insp. Miller was a member of the Board of Directors for Crossroads Children’s Centre, a fully accredited children’s mental health centre that provides services for children up to age 12 and their families. She was a member of The Community and Police Action Committee. The committee provides the police service and visible minority and Aboriginal community members an opportunity to interact on a level playing field and define common challenges and solutions.
Insp. Miller has been recognized for her service through numerous awards, including: Ontario Women in Law Enforcement Mentorship Award 2007, profiles in Diversity Journal – Profiled in this American Leaders Journal (one of only two Black Canadian leaders profiled in 2008), Global Community Alliance Community Builders Award – 2009, IODE Canada (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) Community Award (2012), and The Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for Community Service (2012).