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Ken Wallentine is the Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General.  He formerly served as Investigations Bureau Chief and Administrative Counsel for Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training Division of the Utah Department of Public Safety. Prior to his tenure with the Department of Public Safety, he was the Chief Deputy Uintah County Attorney, where he was responsible for prosecution of violent crimes, sexual crimes against children and narcotics distribution offenses.  He has also served as the Special Prosecutor in capital homicide cases.  When not engaged in the daily tasks of a chief, or actively practicing or teaching law, Ken can generally be found on a Harley-Davidson Electra Glide cruising historical highways, visiting historical sites or simply riding with friends from Timpanogos Harley-Davidson in search of the perfect hamburger and the ideal motorcycle road trip. 

Ken is a featured columnist for the national e-journal, PoliceOne.com. Chief Wallentine was a founding member of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) Legal Advisors Group.  He is a member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Detector Guidelines, a best practices study group associated with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served as Co-Chair of the Utah Law Enforcement Legislative Committee from 2001 to 2008.  He was a co-founder of a joint Utah Chiefs and Sheriffs best practice and policy advisory committee.  He is a certified TASER® Instructor, certified Force Science Analyst, Certified Litigation Specialist and a certifed instructor in the recognition, prevention and management of Excited Delirium and Sudden In-Custody Death.  Chief Wallentine commands the state's Officer-Involved Fatality Investigation team.  Chief Wallentine consults nationally on best practices and operations policies for law enforcement agencies.  He is a Senior Legal Editor for Lexipol, the nation's leading provider of risk management resources for public safety organizations.

Chief Wallentine has been a speaker for the National Center on Counterterrorism and Cybercrime, National District Attorneys Association, Nebraska Law Enforcement Community Coordination Conference, Oregon District Attorneys Association, Conference of Western Attorneys General, California Narcotics Canine Association, Governor's Honors Academy, International Police Canine Conference, United States Department of Justice, Utah Humanities Council, United States Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Institute, Utah Prosecution Council, Governor's Conference on the Family, and numerous other college, civic and public safety groups. He serves as a risk management consultant and use-of-force expert for several police departments and sheriffs' offices.  He consults nationally on public safety education through Excelsior College and the United States Department of Justice.  He has served on the faculty of several courses for the National District Attorneys Association, including the Prosecuting the Drugged Driver and the Lethal Weapon Homicide advanced investigation and prosecution courses. He is a featured presenter at the Train the Trainer professional development courses, teaching creative and humorous training techniques. As the Legal Instructor for the International Police Canine Conference, Chief Wallentine has trained officers in all regions of the nation on police canine issues, use of force and search and seizure laws.

Chief Wallentine was a charter member of the Salt Lake City Police Department Disciplinary Review Board. He was formerly legal counsel to the Uintah County Sheriff and the Sheriff's Canine Unit and was a police canine handler. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, National Tactical Officers Association, and the IACP Legal Officer Section. Ken Wallentine is affiliated with the American Inns of Court, where he serves as a Master of the Bench of America’s first Inn of Court and is past-President of the Inn. He is the author of Criminal Procedure: The Street Cop's Guide (Aspen Press 2005), Preparing and Executing Search Warrants (UPOA 1998) and is a co-author of the definitive text on lobbying and campaign finances, Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance (West Publishing 1992). In 2002, his seminal essay on cultural competence and race relations was published in Life in the Law: Answering God's Interrogatories (2002 BYU Press). In 2001, he was awarded the Utah Judicial Council’s Amicus Curiae award for his years of educating Utah’s judiciary. He is the recipient of many awards for legal scholarship and publication, and is the author of numerous legal articles. Ken Wallentine is listed in Who's Who in America and the Outstanding Young Men of America.  His criminal procedure hornbook, Street Legal: A Guide to Pre-Trial Criminal Procedure for Police, Prosecutors and Defenders, was published in 2007 by the American Bar Association Publishing Company.  Chief Wallentine's K9 Officer's Legal Handbook was published in 2009 by Lexis/Nexis.

 

Lexis/Nexis is now offering Ken Wallentine's most recent book, The K9 Officer's Legal Handbook Click here for ordering information.  Click here for ordering information for Street Legal: A Guide to Pre-Trial Criminal Procedure for Police, Prosecutors and Defenders.