Constable Tad Milmine is a police officer with the Calgary Police Service in Alberta, Canada and formerly served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Although Tad is now living out his dream, it wasn’t always this way. Tad grew up in an abusive home where he was confined to a basement for 12 years plus he experienced bullying on a daily basis at school.
Like many victims, Tad did not speak up asking for help and struggled for many years with mental illness. On top of all of this, Tad was coming to terms with his sexuality.
At the age of 25, Tad came out and told the world that he was gay. It was only when he was 32 did he attempt to achieve his dream of becoming a police officer which came to fruition in 2009. It was in 2011 that Tad read about a young man named Jamie Hubley.
Jamie had taken his own life after experiencing years of bullying, in part, for being openly gay. Tad read about Jamie and was determined to help make this world a better place. He created a nationally recognized program called ‘Bullying Ends Here’ and travels the world speaking about the effects of bullying by simply sharing his own, and Jamie’s, story.
Youth by the thousands are reaching out to Tad and making it clear the program has helped them or even saved their life. It should be noted that Tad does all of this on his own time while balancing the responsibilities of being a front line police officer. ‘Bullying Ends Here’ has been credited with saving 34 lives to date and reached almost a quarter of a million people in only 3.5 years.
Tad has been featured in dozens of television reports and newspapers from around the world while also being recognized by the Federal and Provincial Governments within the country of Canada.