Mike McNeff is a cop who writes about cops. He was born in San Angelo, Texas
to an U.S. Air Force family. His early years saw much travel across the U.S. and the Far East. Mike attended Arizona State
University and Arizona State College of Law (now Sandra Day O’Connor Law School).
He began his law enforcement career in 1969 with the Arizona Department
of Public Safety. He also served with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State. He has worked patrol,
criminal intelligence, narcotics, and has been a SWAT team leader and commander as well as a hostage negotiator. Mike has
been an instructor at the Arizona Highway Patrol Academy, Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the DEA Narcotics Commanders’
School and DEA Marijuana Eradication School, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, the Chandler/Gilbert Law Enforcement Academy
and lectures in many other law enforcement training venues around the country. He still instructs on legal issues, law enforcement
management, law enforcement ethics and other subjects. Mike retired from law enforcement in 2009 as a Police Legal Advisor
and an officer with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona.
Mike has also been a Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County, AZ and
the Prosecuting Attorney for Okanogan County, WA. He is an experienced trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases. He
has successfully defended police officers accused of civil rights violations in federal court. Mike currently is an expert
witness in police liability cases. He is a member of the Arizona State Bar, Washington State Bar, the Legal Officers Section
of IACP, the International Association of Ethics Trainers and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association.