Steven Kellams retired in 2019 as the Administrative Captain for the Bloomington Police
Department in Bloomington Indiana. Captain Kellams attended Indiana University from 1987 to
1991. In 1989, he graduated from the Indiana University Police Academy. In 1991, he was hired
by the Bloomington Police Department and was assigned to night shift. After spending 10 years
as a night shift patrol officer, Captain Kellams was promoted to Sergeant, and then Lieutenant.
His final position with the department was as the Administrative Captain, responsible for a
number of duties including internal affairs, public information, and CALEA Accreditation.
During his time at the department he served as a breath-test operator, bike patrol officer, field
training officer, and senior field training officer. Captain Kellams has also served as a Patrol
Supervisor, Detective Supervisor, Civil Disturbance Unit Commander, Motor Unit Supervisor,
Field Training Manager, Field Training Coordinator, Special Investigation Unit Supervisor, and
Public Information Officer.
In 2000, Captain Kellams was instrumental in redesigning the field training program for the
Bloomington Police Department and has taught that program to hundreds of departments
throughout the United States. He has also instructed on field training issues at the national level
when he presented two courses at the 2002 National Association of Field Training Officers
Conference. He also presented courses for NAFTO in 2008, 2010, and 2011. In 2000, he was
elected state director for the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Field Training
Officers. He also served on the NAFTO National Executive Board and served as President of the
board in 2009.
Captain Kellams was awarded the Monroe County Officer of the Year Award in 2005 for his
work with the Bloomington Police Department Field Training Program.
Captain Kellams is a certified ILEA training instructor and teaches courses in Standardized Field
Sobriety Tests, domestic violence, officer safety, firearms, leadership, and field training. Captain
Kellams teaches a variety of courses for the Public Agency Training Council including; Field
Training Officer Certification, Managing the FTO Unit, Leadership for the FTO, Investigating
Officer Involved Shootings, Internal Affairs, Public Information for Small and Medium
Agencies, Investigating Citizens Complaints, and Supervision and Leadership Courses.