Ken Wallentine

Ken Wallentine is a Special Agent of the Utah Attorney General Investigation Division, where he directs the Attorney General Training Center and provides use of force training and coordinates the virtual reality force and de-escalation training program. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody death. Ken also serves as Senior Legal Advisor for Lexipol, the nation’s leading provider of public safety risk management policies and resources.

Ken is the former Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General, having served over three decades in public safety before his hiatus from the public sector. He serves as the Chairman of the Peace Officer Merit Commission of Greater Salt Lake County. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Utah Law Enforcement Legislative Committee. Chief Wallentine serves as a use of force consultant and expert witness in state and federal criminal and civil litigation in many courts across the nation. Numerous risk management pools have called on his expertise to train and consult for use of force risk mitigation and claims management. He has achieved the Force Science Advanced Specialist certification.

Chief Wallentine formerly served as Bureau Chief of the POST Investigations Bureau and as Administrative Counsel for Utah Department of Public Safety. A law enforcement officer since 1982, he has also been editor-in-chief of a prestigious law journal, law professor, practicing public attorney and municipal judge. In 2010, Governor Gary Herbert selected Chief Wallentine for the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Public Service.

As a prosecutor, he led the team that founded the nation’s first rural Drug Court. Ken Wallentine served as Chief Deputy County Attorney and has served several times on the adjunct faculty of the National Advocacy Center at the University of South Carolina. Ken Wallentine is a Master of the Inns and Past-President of America’s first Inn of Court. His prosecution responsibilities included sex crimes against children, violent crimes and homicides. He has served as the Special Prosecutor in a number of challenging cases, including the murder of a fellow chief of police.

Chief Wallentine was a founding member of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation. He is the past-President of the Utah Peace Officers Association. He is a featured writer in law enforcement journals, including Police Chief, POLICE, Utah Peace Officer, The Municipal Lawyer, and The Prosecutor. He is the editor of the national criminal procedure newsletter, Xiphos, and a regular columnist for PoliceOne.com.

Ken’s deskbook on criminal procedure, Street Legal: A Guide for Police, Prosecutors & Defenders, was published by the American Bar Association Publishing Company and is widely used in law schools and criminal justice programs. His most recent book,The K9 Officer’s Legal Handbook, 2nd Ed., was published by LexisNexis.