Mr. Steffens is a former Chief of Police for the New Port Richey Florida Police Department. He has served as Commander of the Clearwater Florida Police Department Special Operations Unit that included the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Emergency Response Team, and the Canine Team. He was the Pasco County Florida Sheriff’s Office SWAT Commander for the unified Pasco and New Port Richey SWAT teams. He was the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Section Chief Forensic Investigator, and Commander of the Special Operations Division. He was an instructor at St. Petersburg College, working in conjunction with the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute where he taught Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance funded courses concentrating on Suicide Prevention, Community Policing Based Problem Solving, and Introduction to Community Policing. As a member of the college’s Multi-jurisdictional Counter Drug Task Force Training Group he piloted and instructed officers in Central America, teaching Community Policing principles to multiple Central American countries via the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. He also instructed at the Pinellas County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School for approximately nine years.
Mr. Steffens holds numerous training certifications, citations, commendations and is a four-time recipient of the Supervisor of the Year Award (FOP Lodge #10). He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Command Officer Develop Course. He has consulted for several books, articles (Law and Order), national media, and programs such as Body of Evidence. Mr. Steffens is a Certified Trainer with the National De-escalation Training Center.
"This seminal study is the first randomized control trial to demonstrate a significant reduction in officer use of force following de-escalation training implementation."