Missouri State University

Contemporary Command Issues in Law Enforcement - 5 TS, 2 LS (Lunch Provided)

Dates:June 20, 2024
Meets:Th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $125.00

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Contemporary Command Issues-Course Overview:
This one-day block of instruction will address contemporary issues in police command, supervision, and management. The course will identify key issues and areas where agencies and officers/deputies are challenged today, and provide pre-event strategies for identifying and mitigating risk. The issues will be addressed through actual case studies, and the participants will leave with in depth knowledge concerning the nature of the problems and pre-event processes that increase the probability of positive outcomes.
Topics likely-but not limited-to be covered:
  • historical overview-how did we get here today?
  • law enforcement autonomy and related "unprofessionalism"
  • policing in a post Ferguson/Floyd era
  • the foundational basis for using force
  • search/seizure generally
  • force training generally-and training related to intervention in excessive force scenarios
  • the role and issues related to SWAT
  • officer identification
  • managing officer created jeopardy
  • interacting with the mentally ill/persons in medical distress
  • barricaded subjects generally-and suicidal subjects in particular
  • Brady officers/issues
  • investigative negligence
  • interacting with dogs
  • the role of audio/video evidence in use of force reviews.
  • force continuums
  • force assessment and monitoring
  • early warning systems


Fee: $125.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-Contract Price$ 125.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Contract Price$ 0.00

Steve Ijames

Steve Ijames has been a police officer since 1979, and retired as an assistant chief with the Springfield, Missouri Police Department. Since then he has served as chief of police in two Missouri municipalities, and currently serves as a trainer and operations officer for two Missouri law enforcement agencies. Ijames has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, a master's degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate of the 186th FBI National Academy.

Ijames has served in, supervised, and commanded a variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, criminal investigations, undercover narcotics, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). Ijames was an original member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) board of directors, and created the less lethal force (impact projectiles, chemical munitions, and noise flash diversionary devices) instructor/trainer programs for the NTOA and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Ijames is the author of the IACP National Policy Center model policies involving those technologies as well as TASER, hostage situations, barricaded subjects, and their position papers on SWAT and patrol rifles.

Ijames has personally applied resistance control measures in police operations ranging from empty hand control to deadly firearm force. Ijames has participated in, supervised, or commanded the service of approximately 2,500 search warrant entries, the resolution of approximately 150 barricaded suspect situations, and the freeing of hostages in seven cases-two involving long rifle deployment and three involving crisis/rescue entry.

Ijames has provided lethal/less lethal force, TASER, Tactical/patrol Command, and counter terrorism training on behalf of the IACP and the U.S. Department of State across North America and in over 30 other countries including such places as Tanzania, Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, El Salvador, Yemen, Pakistan, Indonesia, and East Timor.

Ijames has served on a variety of high-profile critical incident and investigative police commissions including the Stern Commission in Boston and the Rand Commission for NYPD on Firearm Discharges. He has also conducted numerous external independent assessments and audits of state and local police agencies. Ijames has reviewed approximately 3,000 use of force cases for agencies such as the Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, and Philadelphia Police Departments-and provides policy, training, and civil/criminal litigation consulting in a wide variety of tactical, resistance control, special operations, and agency structure related areas. He has served as a police practices/use of force expert on a number of significant police/citizen interactions in the United States, including the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, the George Floyd case in Minneapolis, and the Daunte Wright (TASER/gun confusion) case in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.


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