who wish to enhance their skills, effectiveness, and safety while combatting violent crime.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The events of recent years have left the law enforcement community in a state of uncertainty. Concerns over possible criminal and civil liability have left the hard-working men and women behind the badge hesitant to be proactive in their efforts to combat street crime. But the unprecedented rise in violent crime across the country, coupled with the surge in illegal street drug activity and gang violence, have made proactive law enforcement more important than ever.
This one day course will prepare personnel who work patrol, street crime, directed enforcement, and other such assignments by giving them an understanding of practical and effective approaches to street crime and high-crime area enforcement operations. Students of this course will learn:
- Relevant case law governing consensual contacts, reasonable suspicion, probable cause, and more.
- Proactive field enforcement considerations and strategies
- Violence, drug, and gang suppression strategies
- The impact of proper, effective articulation
- Officer safety considerations and practices and more.
INSTRUCTOR: The founder and president of Blue Line Academy, Andrew Eways, has been a sworn police officer for nearly thirty years. In his career, he has worked in various capacities including the investigation of Criminal Gangs, Transnational Gangs, and other Organized Crime groups. He has conducted and supervised covert investigations, street-level gang and narcotic operations, proactive enforcement teams, intelligence operations, and Title III Wiretap Investigations.
Eways began his career with the Maryland State Police, where he served in many capacities including Patrol, Detectives, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Special Enforcement. He has supervised both Patrol and Investigative units, as well as various specialized investigative or operational groups. Following his career with the Maryland State Police, Eways became a sworn member of the Aurora Police Department in the Denver Metropolitan Area, where he currently holds the rank of Sergeant.
During his career, Eways has co-authored two non-fiction books about Sureño criminal gangs, as well as articles and columns too numerous to mention for various law enforcement publications and websites. He is a member in good standing of several law enforcement professional associations and presently serves as a board member for the International Latino Gang Investigator’s Association. He has provided expert testimony in cases involving various criminal organizations, and has assisted federal, state, and local authorities with investigations and enforcement operations. He has years of hands-on experience cultivating, recruiting, and supervising confidential informants, gathering actionable criminal intelligence, and investigating criminal activity including pattern crimes, narcotics distribution, extortion, large-scale criminal conspiracies, and homicides. He has investigated the activities of extremist groups, terrorist organizations, gangs both in prison and on the streets, and multi-jurisdictional drug organizations.
In addition to his extensive experience with gangs and organized crime groups, Eways also provides training programs specifically designed for patrol and operations personnel which allow them to conduct proactive enforcement effectively and safely. The classes he has designed prepare patrol and investigative personnel for every aspect of their investigations from evidence collection to courtroom testimony.