Course Length: 4 Minutes
Meet your Instructor
Police Major (ret), Expert on Less Lethal Force
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 Republic and Ozark, Missouri. 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 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 less lethal force, tactical/patrol command, and counter terrorism training on behalf of the IACP and the U.S. Department of State across North America and in 33 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 and has reviewed approximately 3,000 police use of force cases for agencies such as the Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, and Philadelphia Police Departments. He also provides policy, training, and litigation consulting in a wide variety of tactical, resistance control, special operations, and agency structure related areas. He served as the police practices/use of force expert in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, MO.