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Seminar Title:  
Investigating Citizen Complaints & Officer Misconduct for Supervisors

DATES:  10/26/2020 through 10/28/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Kellams

LOCATION:  Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center-East Campus PSI - 21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI  48036

HOTEL:  Staybridge Suites - Detroit-Utica - Utica, MI  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steven Kellams is a Captain and field training expert for the Bloomington Police Department. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to 1991. In 1989 he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991 he was hired by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. During that time he has been a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field training officer, senior field training officer, and field training manager. He has also served the department as Civil Disturbance Unit Commander and Special Investigations Unit Commander. He is currently assigned as the Detective Division Commander.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments throughout Indiana and the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level when he presented courses at the 2002, 2009, 2010, and 2011 National Association of Field Training Officers conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; Denver, Colorado; and Phoenix, Arizona.

In 2000 Captain Kellams was elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers. In 2005 he was elected to the Executive Board of the National Association of Field Training Officers and in 2008 he was the National President of NAFTO.

In 2005 Captain Kellams was named Monroe County Officer of the Year for his work with the Bloomington Police Departments Field Training Program. Captain Kellams is a certified Indiana Law Enforcement Academy training instructor and teaches courses in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, domestic violence, officer safety, firearms, civil disturbance, and field training.


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Course Objectives

Law enforcement agencies across the United States are responsible for having an effective and professional process for investigating complaints made against its officers and to ensure that any misconduct by employees is dealt with appropriately. Often agencies will have officers specifically assigned to ensure professional standards of competence. These “Internal Affairs” or “Professional Standards” officers receive specific training on how to accomplish this task. However, with over half of the law enforcement agencies in the United States made up of fewer then 24 officers, many agencies lack the resources for these investigative specialists. Therefore, the duty of investigating these types of complaints is left to the shift supervisor. Misconduct investigations are unlike most other investigations and require a fact-finding approach and transparency in order to retain the public’s confidence and trust. An agency must demonstrate to the public and its members that only the highest ethical standards of law enforcement will be practiced by the agency and that the investigation of complaints follow established professional standards. Immediate and proper intervention of potential employee performance or misconduct incidents, at the appropriate level, serves to promote morale within the agency and promotes positive interactions and support of the community.

Students will learn:
  • the importance of ethical standards for persons assigned to conduct internal investigations and the core values associated with the proper handling of all internal investigations.
  • about the impact of internal investigations on officer’s conduct and ethical decision-making.
  • to identify the difference between performance issues, policy issues, and serious misconduct as well as the supervisor’s role in handling such incidents.
  • the necessary steps regarding an internal investigation and relevant case law involving the interviews, investigations, and searches of employees.

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