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Matthew Stiehm

Dr. Matthew J. Stiehm has received an Educational Doctorate from Argosy University, where the focus of his research was campus safety and security. He has a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice from Central Missouri State University, with his final paper which focused on the investigation of child abuse and finally a Bachelors of Science from Wayne State College, Nebraska. He has served as a police officer in three states (CA, MN and NE), he keeps current on law enforcement trends most recently he conducted an 8 month study with Columbia Heights Police Department (MN) on Community Policing. He currently is a member of ILEETA, an Associate Member of the IACP, Support, and Police Executive Research Forum Subscribing Member.

A Solemn Welcome To ILEETA 2017

It is the time of the year when hundreds of officer are currently in route to St. Louis for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) Conference.

The Responsibility In Use of Force

The degree to which a police officer’s use force is incumbent upon their own individual decision making process during their encounter.

The Reasonable Officer

This concept of 'reasonableness' has dotted the legal landscape for a long period of time, and really only been applied to law enforcement applications of force since Graham v. Connor.

The Tulsa Incident And ‘Use Of Force’

By now everyone in the world is aware of the officer in Tulsa whom used force to end an encounter with a subject who was not following directions.

Modern Policing

Introduction As I sit at my desk looking across my basement, I think how safe I am, and that is in part to the local first responders.  It is also in part because of my background and the understanding of the realities of law enforcement. I understand what the numbers mean, the realities of force, […]

Welcome Back: ILEETA 2016

The ILEETA 2016 Conference is up and running and of course day one does not disappoint.  While I admittedly arrived late, when I walked into the lobby I was met with the faces of fellow law enforcement trainers, friends, colleagues, mentors and dancers! The new hotel is huge, and connected with a larger conference center which […]

ILEETA 2016 – Passion Recharged

There is no substitute for passion – without these you cannot pass on your lessons and knowledge to the next generation.

If It Was Easy – Everyone Would Lead

Recent history will show each police chief must know and understand their community. To that end I believe that the most ideal candidates are internal candidates.

Applying and Understanding Graham as a Patrol Officer

Dealing with the criminal element is a constant part of the job, but the understanding of the application of force has evolved over the years.