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Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Joseph M. Wells

Academic Background

Master of Science, Public Administration
Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement Management
Associate of Science, Broadcast Production Technology

Professional Licenses and Certifications

Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board training provider,
DBA: Midwest Law Enforcement Training Institute, LLC
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified Instructor
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Certified Instructor
in the discipline of  Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Certified Instructor
in the discipline of  Domestic Violence
International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) member.
Certified Field Training Officer

Midwest Law Enforcement Training Institute
I founded the Midwest Law Enforcement Training Institute (MLETI) as a means to increase my instructional opportunities and conduct research in the field of law enforcement report writing.  Current projects include
the development of a standardized police report writing method, submission of technical articles to law enforcement periodicals and authoring of two books that address the subject.
MLETI became a certified training provider under the
Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board in 2007.

Academic Teaching Experience

Report Writing
In 1998, the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center saw a need for a report writing program.  With a background in media and communications, I was asked to develop a four hour course that was to be
presented during in-service training many times during the academic year.  The demand for the program
grew and soon the course was expanded to include field interviewing techniques and courtroom testimony.
In 2004, I developed a twelve hour basic report writing program specifically for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy recruit class and have taught report writing techniques to every recruit since.

Courtroom Testimony
The Courtroom Testimony program was developed after several students of the Report Writing in-service program asked about how to present their reports in a courtroom setting.  The topic was added to the report
writing course and eventually expanded to a four then six hour stand alone course offering.  Students study the courtroom proceedings as indicated in the Indiana State Statutes, basic presentation techniques and
critique video taped courtroom proceedings.  The six hour program features a moot court with prosecuting attorneys appearing as guest lecturers.

Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
I received specialized training and instructor certification through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the field of OWI Detection and administering the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) battery of tests.  I greatly enjoy this field because I believe that our society deserves to be protected from people who make poor choices and drive impaired.

Domestic Violence
I completed a Domestic Violence instructor certification course through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and was immediately designated as a Domestic Violence Officer for the Town of Munster Police Department.  I have presented the FLETC program as in-service training through the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and conduct annual mandated training programs for the Town of Munster Police Department.

Media Relations
Prior to law enforcement, I spent ten years as a full time working member of the news media and am still an active freelance sports announcer.  With my unique “insiders” knowledge of the industry, I have been a featured speaker and guest instructor for media relations programs.  My favorite media topic to present is entitled, “P.D. – P.R.:  The Pro-Active Approach to Developing a Positive Public Image.”

Miscellaneous Teaching Positions
Citizens Police Academy
– I taught various law enforcement topics to members of the general public during this six week program.
Defensive Driving School – I conducted training certified by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to people who had received traffic citations.

Law Enforcement Work Experience
Town of Munster Police Department (2001-Current)
Jasper County Sheriff’s Department (1998-2001)
Town of New Chicago Police Department (1996-1998)

Other Work Experience
Freelance Radio, Television and Public Address Sports Announcer
Currently conduct sports announcing business under the name AnnouncerJoe.com
Corporate Security – Showboat Casino, Inc
Regional Radio Sports Network
Co-founder, V.P. of Production Services
US Cable of Northern Indiana
Television Sports Director
WWJY Radio, Crown Point, IN
Sports Announcer and News Director

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