Jeff Steffel retired from the Michigan State Police as a captain after 27 years with that agency. During his time with the state police, he had multiple assignments including the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Division, and Executive Division. Additionally, he worked for five years with the Training Division during which he served as a MCOLES certified defensive tactics, firearms, patrol, and legal instructor. He was an original member of the state police Emergency Response Team (SWAT) and earned six department citations for his work as a trooper. He is also one of the few recipients of the Director's Commendation, which was given for his work building the Michigan Public Safety Communications System. While working full time as a trooper, he completed law school and successfully passed his bar examination in 1982. He has taught and written on police law ever since.
His texts, "Michigan Criminal Law and Police Procedure" and "Michigan Search and Seizure" have been approved by MCOLES and are used extensively in both recruit and in-service police training in Michigan, as well as a textbook for many college classes.
Jeff Steffel serves as a teaching consultant to numerous police agencies and colleges. He also served as a teaching consultant for the Michigan Judicial Institute, which is the training branch of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Jeff Steffel retired as a full time faculty member at Grand Valley State University in August 2011. He taught ethics, constitution law, criminal law, introduction to criminal justice, and property law.