Michael Paulus is in his 25th year with the Champaign (IL) Police Department and is the
current Southwest District Commander in the Patrol Division. Throughout his career he
has served in a variety of assignments, including Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant,
SWAT Team Firearms Instructor, SWAT Team Sniper, Training Unit Sergeant, and the
Training and Development Lieutenant prior to his return to the Patrol Division.
His training experience includes being a Master Firearms Instructor, he is in charge of the
Department’s Control Tactics Cadre, he was a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Instructor for 10 years, he is the Department’s Field Training and Evaluation Program
Commander, and has a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning Services.
Lt. Paulus completed the Force Science Institute Certification course and has the title of
Certified Force Science Analyst. Lt. Paulus has also been trained in Forensic Analysis
by the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death. Lt. Paulus is also a graduate of
the School of Police Staff and Command (Northwestern University Traffic Institute).
Lt. Paulus has given presentations to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Illinois
Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners
Association, and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association
(ILEETA) on excited delirium awareness, response, and protocol development. He has
presented two times at the annual Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death
Conference in Las Vegas, NV. He is scheduled to present, with Dr. Thomas Scaggs and
Mrs. Laura Scarry, at the 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference
in Chicago in October. Lt. Paulus is also scheduled to present to the 2011 Illinois
Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) conference in November. He has held one-day
classes throughout Illinois and delivers a three-hour block of instruction as part of the
State of Illinois certified Crisis Intervention Team training. Lt. Paulus is also scheduled
to conduct trainings around the country this fall and winter.
His presentations include the Champaign county-wide response by law enforcement
and EMS which includes field sedation, by authorized paramedics, using Ketamine or
Lt. Paulus was instrumental in developing and coordinating the implementation
of this protocol in Champaign County.