IPD Law Enforcement Training

Our mission is to offer quality, specialized training at affordable rates to address current needs. Since 1995 IPD has trained law enforcement officers in specific educational need which meet and exceed P.O.S.T. requirements and the guidelines as set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All schools are approved by P.O.S.T.


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Background Investigation Employee Screening

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This course prepares the investigator to conduct thorough and legal pre-employment background investigations of police, security, corrections and other government organizations applicants. The topics will focus on:


  • How to interpret the written application and personal history statement. Spotting errors and omissions. What does the application not tell you?


  • Questions that must be asked and those forbidden by law and the answers you're looking for. "Reading" the applicant for signs of deception. Getting the required releases


  • Sources of information. Interviewing references, landlords, family members, neighbors, former employers, supervisors, co-workers and 3d party acquaintances.


  • Understanding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the use of credit reports; Federal and State employment statutes; Polygraph laws; issues of defamation and the consequences of negligent hiring.

At the conclusion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Successfully conduct a comprehensive applicant background investigation
  • Understand the legal environment and its potential for liability regarding background investigations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of available resources, including internet and electronic screening devices when conducting pre-employment background investigations.
  • Develop the necessary skills to conduct interviews with applicants.

The instructors are veteran law enforcement officers experienced in conducting police applicant background investigations, supervising others, reviewing investigations and making hiring decisions.

Basic Criminal Investigation

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This course has been designed to provide the investigator or uniformed officer with the basic investigative skills, tactics, and procedures to conduct a successful criminal investigation from assignment to court presentation. It covers aspects of case management, legal aspects of criminal investigation, and working the case for trial.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Managing the crime scene
  • Processing evidence
  • Coordinating with the crime lab
  • Profiling
  • Wound interpretations
  • Locating witnesses
  • Interview and interrogation
  • Identification of suspects
  • Miranda made easy
  • Media relations

Basic First Line Supervision

Date: February 2-6, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Tuition: $445 per person

Instructors: Jimmie Leach and Dennis Mays

Location: Germantown Police Department,
1930 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN


This course is designed to provide the first line law enforcement supervisors or soon-to-be supervisors with a basic understanding of some of the skills necessary to accomplish the awesome task of directing the police line officer as they provide police services to the community. It is also an excellent refresher course for the veteran supervisor.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Transition to supervisor level
  • Personnel law/EEO/FLSA
  • Values/Principals/Ethics
  • Communications
  • Coping with stress
  • Liability issues/risk management
  • Diversity in work place
  • Leadership styles
  • Employee relations
  • Employee discipline and investigation
  • Counseling/performance appraisal

Basic Hostage Negotiations

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


Hostage taking involves a desperate individual or individuals demanding certain conditions, threatening suicide, or creating other conditions that may find first responders unprepared to handle. This class is to provide basic training in hostage/crisis negotiations for those members of a Negotiation/Tactical Team that are assigned to resolve these situations. Through the use of statistical data, clinical information about mental illness, the student will become familiar with the history of negotiations, negotiation methods and their practical application. This will be accomplished in a seminar format that encourages student participation and incorporates lecture, handouts, videos, and transparencies.

Topics include:

  • Bargaining vs. Intervention
  • Crisis Negotiation Theory and Procedures
  • Case Studies
  • Crisis Intervention/Active Listening
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Suicide – By – Cop
  • High Risk Factors

Basic School Resource Officer

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This course is designed to provide the participant with the history, philosophy and basic skills necessary to serve as a School Resource Officer. Participants will receive instruction in juvenile law, counseling skills, identification and ways to handle exceptional students, and coordination role needed with school officials. All officers who are currently assigned or will be assigned full time duty in an elementary, middle or high school should attend this course.

Topics include:

  • Defining the School Resource Officer concept and applying this to the school in which assigned.
  • The dual objectives of prevention and enforcement as it applies to the SRO program.
  • The functions of a SRO unit within the law enforcement agency.
  • Juvenile law and public school law to the specific responsibilities of SROs and school administrators.
  • Effective instructional strategies to assist students with implementing law related educational programs with a delinquency prevention impact.
  • Development of relationships necessary to function as a SRO
  • The process of threat assessment
  • Relevant security policies and procedures
  • Crisis response plans
  • Initial response procedures to critical incidents
  • Fundamentals of non-violent methods of defusing confrontation
  • Crime & Violence trends in America's schools

Constitutional Law for Street Officers

Date: March 12-13, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $275

Instructors: Dennis Mays and Jimmie Leach

Location: Rossville Police Department,
340 Morrison Rd,
Rossville, TN

This course provides legal guidelines for the street officer. What to do, when to do it, anticipating the traps and blind alleys of the judicial system and, most importantly…how to properly explain what you've done to insure admissibility of the evidence and reduce the chance of a complaint or lawsuit are all covered in this course.

Topics include:

  • the exclusionary rule and the exceptions
  • reasonable suspicion
  • stops and frisks
  • pursuits
  • traffic stops and interdictions
  • field interviews
  • interviews and confessions
  • Miranda rules
  • suspect admissions
  • search and seizure and the exceptions to the warrant requirement
  • intentional torts
  • field identifications
  • probable cause arrests

Courtroom Testimony & Drafting Search Warrants

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This is an 8 hour course covering legal issue involving trial and testimony and drafting search warrants. The first 4 hours is an INTERACTIVE segment that effectively trains law enforcement officers on effective courtroom testimony for depositions, motions, and trials. It is followed with 4 hours training to insure officers properly draft search warrants that will withstand legal challenges. The consequences of a poorly drafted warrant not only potentially exposes the officers and the agencies involved to legal liability but may traumatize innocent citizens, expose all involved parties to potential danger, and may jeopardize the success of an investigation.

Topics include:

  • The Professional Witness
  • Getting Prepared to Testify
  • The Rules of Evidence
  • Interacting with the Jury
  • The Art of Testifying
  • Direct Examination
  • Cross Examination
  • Benefit of Obtaining Search Warrant
  • Validity of Search Warrants
  • Establishing Probable Cause
  • Staleness Issue
  • Special Rules for Computers
  • Tips for Drafting Affidavit and Warrant
  • Practical Exercises

Crime and Violence in America's Schools

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This course is designed to provide solutions to the growing trend of youth crime and violence that is occurring in and around our school campuses. Lessons learned from previous school shootings will be explored. Attendees will develop skills that are effective in properly recognizing persons who are at-risk for participating in serious violent incidents. This course will also feature a comprehensive approach to reduce school crime and violence. The "community–school–police" model will be presented to establish the needed partnership to combat violence.


This course is designed for law enforcement commanders, supervisors of youth and school-based programs, school resource officers, D.A.R.E. officers, youth investigators, school administrators and counselors, teachers and executive staff members.

Topics include:

  • Current Trends in School Crime & Violence
  • Crime on campus: The role of law enforcement
  • Identifying children at high risk for violent behavior
  • Proactive intervention and prevention of youth violence
  • Building successful police/school partnerships
  • How to establish a viable law enforcement and school partnership
  • Student safety and staff responsibility
  • Staff safety and school administrators
  • Using a staff/student team approach for safer schools
  • Ten ways an unsafe school develops
  • Strategies to address bullying
  • Strategies to address bullying

Death Investigation Practice and Principles

Date: February 24-26, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $365 per person
Instructors: TSG Group
Location: UT Martin Jackson Center, 3031 Hwy 45 Bypass, Jackson, TN

This course is designed to provide information and skills to the investigator who is conducting a death investigation. The course will consist of case studies that include scene and wound analysis, determinations of the cause and manner of death and practical pointers to successfully complete the investigation and prosecute the suspect. The instructors have decades of experience conducting and supervising death investigations.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will have an understanding of the methods used to conduct a death investigation and the appropriate case management practices.

Topics include

  • Evaluating the death scene
  • Managing evidence collection
  • Coordinating with the crime lab
  • Physical and medical evidence
  • Victimology
  • Interrogations
  • Statement analysis
  • Psychological Profiling
    • Organized/Disorganized
    • Serial Killers
    • Thrill Killers
    • Child predator killers
    • Children who kill
  • Case management
  • Legal issues
  • Cold cases

Defusing Confrontation

Date: January 28-29, 2015

Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Tuition: $275.00 per person

Instructors: Dennis R. Mays and Jimmie Leach

Location: UT Martin Jackson Center,
3031 Hwy 45 Bypass,
Jackson, TN


Law Enforcement officers deal daily with confrontations between that occur between people or groups of people. Appropriate measures must be taken by law enforcement officers to ensure confrontations do not turn violent. The primary objective of this course is to help law enforcement officers to identify those situations with the potential to become the focus of violence and defuse the problems before they escalate. These situations might involve fights, job actions, demonstrations, marches, neighborhood disputes, etc. It also includes how to deal with irate people.

Topics to be covered in this course:

  • Recognition of problem
  • Communication skills
  • Free Speech Rights
  • Resolution techniques
  • Crowd management
  • Other legal risk

Domestic Radical Extremist

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This 2 day course covers the history of domestic extremists groups that pose an increasing danger in the United States. This course explains the belief system of radical extremists and why they view the government, law enforcement in particular, as their enemy. It examines investigative, response, and officer safety strategies for agency use in identifying and managing domestic extremist cases. We examine supremacist groups, environmental groups, animal rights extremists, anarchists, antigovernment extremists, and of course great emphasis is placed on the rising threat of the Sovereign Citizen movement.


  • Recognizing individual and group activities of extremists
  • Understanding group characteristics, beliefs and motives
  • Methods they use to raise funds
  • What the officer needs to watch for
  • Reacting to threats of extremist activity
  • "Lone Wolves", "copycats, nuts, and wannabes

Effective Communication for Street Officers

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


Building better community relations is still one of the primary concerns of law enforcement throughout the country. That is why every action by a law enforcement officer has a bearing on the relationship of the agency with the community. Since many citizens come into contact with law enforcement officers at traffic stops, this becomes a critical element for law enforcement agencies in their overall public relations effort. Traffic enforcement offers agencies a way to build bridges to the community, one traffic stop at a time.


This one day course is all about techniques and strategies for building positive relationships with the community through routine contacts with citizens that occur on a daily basis.

At the conclusion of this training the participants will have a working knowledge of the basics of communication as well as the perceptions the public has about police officers. Officers will learn how to communicate positively during routine citizens' contact to reduce negative encounters. Utilization of strategies taught in this course will in most cases allow officers effort to perform their duties more effectively.

Ethical Character Driven Leadership

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


Values are the beliefs that guide an organization and the behavior of its employees. Typically, an organization’s values are codified into a philosophy of operations that explains how the organization approaches its work, how it is managed internally, and how it relates to its external environment. Organizational values determine what both individuals and organizations consider to be appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Thus, values play an important role by influencing administrative decisions as well as employee actions.


This training will introduce the concept of organizational values and how the development of values is an effective leadership trait. Students will list the values they feel are important and will be challenged by the instructor to determine how well they themselves live these values. Examples of how organizational values affect interactions with employees and the public will be provided and are used to demonstrate the importance of “walking the talk”.


This course is recommended for all supervisors, managers, and CEOs.

At the conclusion of 16 hours of instruction, the participant will:

  • Understand what leaders do
  • Know the leadership characteristics that must be developed
  • Know the characteristics of a good place to work
  • Learn methods for developing Trust, Pride, and a Sense of Family
  • How to move from Who is Right to What is Right
  • The principles of Values v. Virtues
  • The importance of Responsibility and Accountability

Instructor Development

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This class will satisfy the instructor development requirements for police instructors required by Tennessee P.O.S.T. regulations. This skills-oriented program is developed primarily for the law enforcement instructor. This is a practical, skills-oriented course designed to familiarize the law enforcement instructor with instructional design principles and effective instructional techniques. It is intended for individuals who have or will have training or instructional responsibilities in their agencies. This course is also highly recommended for employees who are called on frequently to make department presentations such as school resource officers and some staff supervisors.

Course topics include:

  • Application of principles of adult learning
  • Task analysis
  • Valid instructional objectives
  • Valid written examinations that correspond to specific instructional objectives
  • Various methods of instruction in the lesson plan
  • Known methods of combating stage fright
  • Design and production of overhead transparencies
  • Using audio-visual aids effectively in a presentation
  • Design of lesson plan including the six major elements for a two-hour presentation
  • A ten minute class presentation of a segment of the lesson plan developed during the course

Internal Affairs Investigation

Date: January 21-22, 2015

Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Tuition: $275.00 per person

Instructors: Dennis R. Mays and Jimmie Leach

Location: UT Martin Jackson Center,
3031 Hwy 45 Bypass,
Jackson, TN


This 2 day course examines, in detail, a practical approach to internal affairs investigation and discipline. Investigative tactics, officer's due process rights, and a discussion of citizen review boards is included. This course examines the distinction between an internal affairs complaint and a citizen complaint, when officer discretion is proper and when discipline is appropriate. A close look at the legal pitfalls in disciplining – particularly discrimination and due process claims.


Attendees will gain an understanding of police ethics, barriers which may hinder ethical behavior, types of misconduct and the methods used to conduct investigations of this type. They will also learn how to prepare plans for investigating personnel complaints as well as how to conduct investigations. A method for preparing and conducting interviews of complainants, witnesses and accused officers will be discussed.

Topics include:

  • Liability Issues – Why Do An IA Investigation?
  • Police Officer's rights: what a department can regulate and discipline an officer when conduct violates policies.
  • Personnel Policies: What the department can demand from officers and discipline an officer when the policies are violated.
  • Investigating Policy Violations: Who investigates what…..questioning the subject officer…….questioning witnesses including officers….
  • Criminal Misconduct Investigations
  • Preparing for legal attacks on the investigation
  • The discipline process
  • Basic investigative techniques …rules of evidence…search & seizure….sources of information…privileges, etc.
  • Interview techniques and the formal written adopted statement

Interview and Interrogation Techniques

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


This intensive 4 day course covers the legal aspects of interview and interrogation, successful techniques, pre/post interrogation issues, situational tactics, special circumstances, the legal use of trickery and deception and evaluating nonverbal responses. The focus is on quality results in the courtroom. The Criminal Personality Profiling session will enable the officer to more accurately determine the personality type he/she is confronting and some of the interviewing techniques best suited to elicit information from that individual. The other topics covered will strengthen the officer's overall interview and interrogation techniques

Topics include:

  • The verbal communication process
  • Witness memory enhancement
  • Flow of information
  • Interviewing process
  • Kinesics interview techniques
  • Detecting deception
  • Videotaping and recording interrogations
  • Interview of rape victims
  • Interview of child witnesses and victims
  • Criminal personality profiling for interviews
  • The effective interrogator
  • Legal aspects

Lawsuit Prevention for Supervisors

Date: February 9-10, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Tuition: $275

Instructors: Dennis Mays

Location: Murfreesboro Police Department


This session provides proven tactics to avoid lawsuits from police operations. This is "nuts and bolts"...what senior supervisors must do and must not do. How effective training, supervision and discipline interact to reduce liability and when the City or County can be liable. Also covered - responding to the incident from investigation to trial. Attendees will get hands on training managing incidents that could occur in their departments any day.

Topics include:

  • citizen complaints
  • prisoner suicides
  • shooting deaths
  • managing pursuits
  • false arrests
  • excessive force
  • discrimination and harassment claims
  • negligent hiring
  • providing references
  • defamation
  • intentional torts
  • policy assessme
  • discipline and officer's due process rights
  • the federal civil rights act
  • wrongful death claims

Lawsuit Prevention for Street Officers

Date: August 10-11, 2015

Time: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $275

Instructors: Dennis Mays

Location: Murfreesboro Police Department


This is a 2-day course that gives an in-depth examination of why enforcement officers are such a target for lawsuits. Particular risks are reviewed as well as tactics for reducing those risks. Prevention through proper conduct and importance of reports are discussed. This training addresses what the officer and first line supervisor needs to know about.

  • Excessive force
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Negligence
  • Pursuits
  • Use of deadly force
  • Infliction of emotional distress
  • False arrest
  • Defamation
  • Both state law and federal civil rights laws are covered
  • And much more

Managing the Marginal/Difficult Employee

Date: March 26-27, 2015

Time: 8:00AM-5:00PM

Tuition: $275.00 per person

Instructor: Dennis Mays and Jimmie Leach

Location: Rossville Police Department, 340 Morrison Road, Rossville, TN


Maximizing Communication Effectiveness

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


Effective communication skills are essential in today’s law enforcement agencies and departments. Communication can make or break someone’s career and personal relationships. This one – day seminar will explore communication styles, communication means, and communication improvements.  Giving and receiving feedback, listening skills, and communication barriers will be discussed.  Participants will be engaged in interactive activities to utilize various communication styles and strategies.  Effective meetings, coaching sessions, training, and written communications will be examined.

At the end of this seminar participants will:

  • Identify effective communication skills
  • Recognize communication and listening barriers
  • Better understand the value of team communications
  • Learn coaching skills
  • Identify departmental and individual communication strengths
  • Gain insights in ways to improve existing communication means
  • Increase meeting effectiveness
  • Reduce conflict through enhanced communication strategies

Performance Driven Leadership

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


Leadership within law enforcement faces the challenge of how to motivate and manage employees throughout organizations. Unfortunately, the leader may be faced with those who perform their tasks with a sense of entitlement while the leadership is seeking performance-driven employees. This two-day course focuses on whether an individual was driven to performance or simply performs well enough to get by. Performance Driven Leadership is a leadership training program that provides the necessary skills needed to face the growing challenge of performance and the sense of entitlement within organizations.


The essence of true leadership is the ability of leaders to get the most out of every individual they are called to lead. This means that even when dealing with top performers, be prepared to issue challenges that will take them to an even higher level. When the best employees are not challenged, they quickly fall back into the culture of accepting what is without pursuing what could be. This goes to the very core of the issue of succession management with law enforcement. The movement toward selecting the right individuals to become future leaders in a law enforcement organization is all about leading and driving employees toward performance.

Performance Driven Leadership will help each student to:

  • identify obstacles to leading performance
  • move away from the status quo of management
  • break away from entitlement status and become a driven leader
  • feel empowered to lead employees to performance

Ramifications of Police Using Social Media

This class is not currently scheduled. If interested in this class, e-mail Dennis Joyner at dejoyner@comcast.net


The explosion of social media in recent years has changed the way people communicate with one another. While it provides significant opportunities to make contact or consult with our communities, there are many cases documented when officers fail to understand the dangers of social media both to themselves and their families and the Police Service. This eight hour course examines the ramification of police using social media and discusses issues so officers will have a better understanding of the reach of social media and will explore ways to keep from creating career issues.

Topics include:

  1. Understanding Departmental Policy
  2. Comments, photos, cideos, and posts that can be detrimental to your career
  3. First Amendment rights where workplace is onvolved
  4. Privacy and security settings on social media accounts
  5. Officer safety issues that arise when using social media


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Contract Training

Training Customized for your agency. IPD is capable of providing training for your agency.  We can develop a P.O.S.T. certified In-Service class or specialized training in many areas.  In effect, if you have a training need we can research, design, and develop a training response to your need. 

All of our scheduled course tuition charges are designed to cover our actual costs and provide the consumer with the highest quality training at a reasonable cost.  The tuition fees shown on our scheduled listing of courses does not necessarily relate to the contract cost for any training you might choose.  It is quite possible for an agency or organization to contract for a training course with IPD and then share the costs with other agencies.  Our contract training brings the same expert instructors who teach IPD tuition based courses to your agency. 

Contact Dennis E. Joyner, IPD's Law Enforcement Training Specialist,

dejoyner@comcast.net or (901) 831-0036. 

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Lead Instructors


Dennis Mays retired in 2008 after ten years as the Commander of the uniform patrol and special operation units of the Jackson Police Department and as the Department’s legal advisor. He previously commanded the Criminal Investigation Division for 8 years.  A 33 year veteran, he also served as the Department's Aviation Unit Commander, Critical Incident Commander and liaison with the U.S. Secret Service.

A licensed attorney, he continues to consult with departments managing high risk issues such as pursuits, use of force, discipline, employment matters and coordinates the legal defense to lawsuits for many departments.

After service with the U. S. Army as a paratrooper he joined the Jackson Police Department in April 1975 as an undercover agent and later a patrol officer.  He subsequently served as Deputy Commander of the Metro Narcotics Unit and as a Special Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

He received a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee and his Law Degree from University of Memphis.  He also holds a helicopter Certified Flight Instructor rating.

Commander Mays (Ret.) specializes in police management, death investigations, narcotics investigations, aviation operations and safety, workplace violence, workplace investigations, dignitary protection and is recognized by the courts as an expert on police procedures.  In addition to providing expert defense witness services to officers and departments who have been sued, he’s served as an adjunct instructor for college criminal justice curricula.  A principal of Training Services Group, he consults with and instructs law enforcement officers and private sector clients throughout the country.  The company has trained thousands of officers in investigations and management disciplines and legal issues.



Jimmie Leach is a 20 year law enforcement veteran. He is currently an investigator with the Cold Case Unit of the Jackson Police Department.

He served as the Director of Criminal Investigations for the Tennessee Department of Safety from 1988 through 1994. While serving in this capacity Mr. Leach supervised up to 145 commissioned and civilian employees including criminal investigators, undercover operatives, criminal interdiction patrol officers and office personnel. The CID also maintained all seized monies for the Department of Safety totaling several million dollars and Director Leach was responsible for a 6 million dollar annual budget.

Prior to this he was a Special Agent in Charge for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where he supervised 23 Special Agents covering 53 counties east of Nashville. Mr. Leach’s service also included being a Special Agent TBI, State Trooper, and city police officer.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 133rd Session. Mr. Leach has received numerous commendations from federal, state and local prosecutors and law enforcement agencies including the 2003 Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Tennessee Martin.  A principal of Training Services Group, he consults with and instructs law enforcement officers and private sector clients throughout the country. The company has trained thousands of officers in investigations and management disciplines and legal issues.

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