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Steven D. Ashley

Steve began his law enforcement career in 1974.  Over the next 15 years, he served in various functional capacities with both municipal and county police agencies.  From 1978 until his retirement in 1989, Steve was a Deputy Sheriff in Livingston County, Michigan.  As a Deputy, he spent several years working as a patrol officer, and was promoted to Sergeant in 1982.  Following a three year assignment as commander of the afternoon shift, Steve was appointed to the newly created position of Staff Services Administrator, where he had primary responsibility for the administrative support functions of the department, including research and development of all departmental policies, development and presentation of training programs, management of the department’s training effort, supervision of the department's community service programs, and coordination of the department's Emergency Management function.  He also served as Chief Instructor and department Armorer.

Steve is a certified instructor in many police subjects, including firearms, driving, radar, chemical munitions, TASER and defensive tactics, and has attended over 5,700 hours of advanced police training.  He has served as an adjunct faculty member at several Michigan colleges, and at the Smith and Wesson Academy.  Prior to his retirement in 2007, he was the Chief Driving and Firearms Instructor for the Washtenaw Police Academy, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He has been a police trainer since 1975, and continues to develop and present training programs on a regular basis.  Steve attended Michigan State University where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees, and Eastern Michigan University, where he earned a second Master’s Degree. Steve also attended Northwestern University's Traffic Institute, where he completed The School of Police Staff and Command.  He is a multi-session graduate of the Smith & Wesson Academy (where he earned the designation Master Force & Control Instructor), and of the prestigious Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  Steve is a TASER Senior Master Instructor, a Master Instructor for TSA Baggage Screener Training, and holds a Master Use of Force Instructor certification from the Police Policy Studies Council. 
Steve is also certified as a Force Science Analyst by the Force Science Institute.

Steve has worked as a law enforcement expert witness since 1995, consulting on over 120 cases, and testifying in many.  He specializes in use of force, motor vehicle operation, arrest practices and police & corrections procedural issues.

Steve has been an invited staff member at many training and management conferences, including those sponsored by the National League of Cities, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET), the Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), PPCT Management Systems, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the Association of Emergency Vehicle Response Trainers (ALERT, International) and numerous State Chief’s and Sheriff’s Associations.  Steve is a prolific author, and is recognized nationally as an authority in risk management and its application to the use of force/control and vehicle operations.

Steve is a member of the Advisory Board of ILEETA, and formerly served as Michigan State Director and Region Five Director for ASLET. Steve is an active member of ALERT International, the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI), Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma and American MENSA, and is a lifetime member of the Police Marksman Association.

Steve has published many articles on the use of force and control, police driving, and the management of risk in criminal justice operations, as well as police training and training management.  He has been the regular computer columnist for Police and Security News, and has been a monthly contributor to the on-line magazine Officer.com, as well as the Training Columnist for the on-line magazine PoliceMag.com.  Steve designs websites, and also volunteers his time as the Webmaster for ILEETA.

Before becoming an independent risk management and training consultant, Steve served as a Risk Control Manager and Director of Law Enforcement Risk Control for American Risk Pooling Consultants of Southfield, Michigan. Steve also served as Public Entity Loss Control Manager and Director of Law Enforcement Risk Control for Meadowbrook Insurance Group of Southfield.  Prior to that, Steve worked as a Risk Control Consultant, and as Manager of the Risk Control Department, for another large municipal property and casualty pool.  During his tenure there, he earned the designations Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities from the Insurance Institute of America.

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