Bill had a long career at the Victoria Police Department, leaving in 2010 as Deputy Chief. While with Vic PD he was an advocate for innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing addictions, mental illness and homelessness. He also headed the detective division, specializing in the management of high risk incidents, commanded many of the largest public events in Victoria and has extensive experience in investigating gang violence, drugs and police misconduct.
After leaving Vic PD Bill worked with the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth. There he held the position of Chief Investigator, leading a team of investigators and research analysts in scrutinizing deaths and injuries suffered by children and youth in government care, with a focus on Aboriginal and immigrant children.
Bill has a bachelor's degree from the University of B.C. and a law degree from the University of Victoria and has taught criminal law at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.