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Major Steve Ijames (ret.)

Less Lethal Options for Today’s LE Challenges

Steve Ijames retired in June of 2007 as a major with the Springfield, Missouri Police Department after 29 years of service. Steve formed his agencies full time tactical unit in 1989, and worked his way through the structure from team leader to special operations commander. Steve was an original member of the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) board of directors, and the course developer/lead instructor for the NTOA and IACP less lethal “train the trainer” programs, addressing impact projectiles, chemical agents, and noise flash diversionary devices. Steve has provided such training across the United States and in 31 foreign countries, and frequently provides litigation consultation when the use of such tools are called into question.

Tactical teams have to recognize and adequately address the potential dangers of flashbang devices
Focusing on Risk/Benefit Analysis and the ways in which we train can help police trainers more safely replicate circumstances officers are likely to face on the street