Vice President for Community Response and Chief of Humane Law Enforcement
Steve MacKinnon joined San Diego Humane Society in January 2014 as the Chief of Humane Law Enforcement. He leads the organization’s Humane Law, Field Service, and Animal Rescue Reserve divisions, which are dedicated to protecting animals throughout San Diego County by enforcing animal cruelty and neglect laws and rescuing animals in emergency situations.
MacKinnon’s extensive background in law enforcement includes serving as a Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, Police Supervisor and Police Officer. Each of the municipal public safety agencies included oversight of animal control operations.
Following a 30 year career in law enforcement, MacKinnon was assigned to a UN International Policing Task Force in Haiti and Kosovo through the Department of State. He worked closely with the Haiti and Kosovo National Police to teach U.S. Democratic Standards and implement policies to correct corrupt criminal justice systems.
During his time in Haiti, MacKinnon also volunteered with Humane Society International to help the overwhelming number of street dogs that were left homeless after the 2010 earthquake.
MacKinnon holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is a National F.B.I. Academy graduate. He graduated from the Southwest Command College, The New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management’s Command Training Program, F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminars (LEEDS), and holds California POST Management and Executive certificates. MacKinnon also serves on the National Law Enforcement Council through The Humane Society of the United States.