David Maze, MAIS

Academic Centre
Dave was born and raised in Edmonton. He became interested in policing early in his life and joined the Edmonton Police Service Venturer Cadet program while in high school. After graduating from the Law Enforcement Program at Grant MacEwan Community College in 1985, Dave then began a 27-year career with the Lethbridge Police Service. Dave is married to Helen and they have one daughter, Katherine. Dave enjoys golfing, fly fishing and travel with his friends and family.
Community Policing
Criminal Investigations
Criminal Law & The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Higher education
Instructional and Program Design
Organizations and strategy
Surveillance studies
Youth gangs
Project Management
Curriculum Design

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience

Dave is a faculty member in the Centre for Justice and Human Services and Chair of the School of Justice Studies Correctional Studies and Policing Programs. Dave has eight years of experience in teaching, developing curriculum, instructional design, coordinating the LEO SJS volunteer club, and facilitating simulated learning experiences across schools. Since teaching at the college Dave has been recognized for the following awards:

At Lethbridge College:

  • Employee Excellence Award for Excellence in Leadership and Creating Community
  • Excellence in Teaching and Learning Peer Recognition

At Royal Roads University:

  • Chancellors Award (highest academic performance amongst BAIS degree grads)
  • 2016 Founder’s Award (for exemplifying the qualities of leadership, sustainability, and personal development amongst BAIS degree grads)
Industry Work

Dave served as a police officer the with Lethbridge Police Service for 27 ½ years. During his policing career, he held a variety of positions including Director of Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta, Alberta Representative on the CISC National Supervisory Committee, member of the ALERT Management Committee, Lethbridge Integrated Intelligence Unit, Major Crimes, Special Operations Undercover Drug Unit, Recruiting and Training Unit, and the Forensic Identification Section, where he also served as a forensic composite sketch artist. Dave also instructed professionally on Search and Seizure, Search Warrant Drafting, Investigational Techniques, Law, and Ethics while he was the Chair for the LPS Ethics Council.


Dave is actively involved in study the integration of Artificial Intelligence to assess tonality, pitch and semantics through word vectorization to create a complete real-world experience VR experience for students and public safety officers to enhance learning.

  • 2021 – 22: STAR Grant for SoTL project and CARIF Research Grant: The Integration of AI, VR and biometrics to Enhance Experiential learning & train public safety officers
  • 2020 – present: CARIF Research Project: The Integration of AI and VR to Train Public Safety Officers in Crisis Communication Skills
  • 2020 – present: STAR Grant for SoTL Project: The Integration of AI and VR to Enhance Experiential Learning
  • 2019 – 20: STAR Grant for SoTL Project: Virtual Reality to Enhance Learning in the Classroom
  • 2016: Evidence Based Policing Assessment of the Medicine Hat Police Service SFIT Safe Families Intervention Team


Academic Credentials
  • Grant MacEwan Community College – Diploma in Law Enforcement
  • Royal Roads University Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Study – Concentration in Justice
  • Royal Roads University Master of Arts – Interdisciplinary Study
  • Mount Royal University and Lethbridge College Project Management Certificate