D. J. Van Meter, Ph.D.
Van Meter & Associates, Inc.

Founder - Van Meter & Associates, Inc. 1982- Present
Columbus, Ohio

Dr. Van Meter has over 50 years of experience in the law enforcement profession - - 15 years as a sworn officer and 35 years as a law enforcement trainer and consultant.  Has expertise is law-enforcement-related operations to include management’s rights, departmental policy development, police performance evaluations systems and discipline/termination cases.


Ohio State University   1979 - 1995
Columbus, Ohio

Bachelor of Science - (Behavioral Science) the College of Arts and Science
Master of Labor and Human Resource - (Focus: Collective Bargaining) the College of Business
Doctor of Philosophy – (Organizational Development and Human Performance Technology) the College of Education

Traffic Institute Northwestern University 1973 - 1974
Evanston, Illinois

Diploma – (Police Management) Nine-month Course on campus

Lorain Community College 1967 - 1975
Elyria, Ohio

Associate of Science - Police Science

Ohio State Highway Patrol   1964-1979

Trooper: Cambridge and Elyria Posts
Assistant Post Commander: Marion Post
Lieutenant: Patrol Training Academy, Columbus, Ohio
Major responsibilities at the Patrol’s Training Academy involved instructing cadets in police psychology, defensive tactics, emergency response driving, physical conditioning, officer safety, suspect apprehension and arrests

Pacific Gas & Electric 1981 - 1983
San Francisco, California
Training Specialist with major responsibilities for developing a management and labor training section for the company’s General Construction (5,500 employees). 

General Telephone   1983 - 1984
Mansfield, Ohio      

The telephony industry was undergoing deregulation.  The company’s goal was to convert their training center into a profit center by creating training programs for other industries. Major responsibilities were to develop and manage training programs offered to the law enforcement community. 

“Evaluating Dysfunctional Police Performance” Charles Thomas Publishing, 2002.

On-the-job performance evaluations: An empirical analysis of “Just Cause” corollaries as predictors of Title VII Employment discrimination case outcomes.” Dissertation Abstracts, May 1995.

Journal Articles:
“Discipline Penalty Assessment: Narrowing the Gap between Arbiters and Management” (pending publication) 2015

"What Right Do Agencies Have to a Mission?" Law and Order May 1992.
"Your Agency’s Driving Force:  Mission and its Value." Law and Order, August 1991.
"Questions for Change: Shifting from a ‘What is’ to a ‘What if’ Management." Law and Order, February 1991.

"Task-Based Performance Evaluations." Performance and Instruction, July 1990.
"Designing a Task-Based Personnel Evaluation System." Performance Technology 1990: Selected Proceedings of the 28th NSPI Conference, 1990.

Labor Relations
Human Performance Evaluation Systems
Emergency Decision-Making in Police Shoot / Don’t Shoot Decisions


Values Mission Accomplishments - Honors System 2016 

Model Standards Operations Policies and Procedures Manual: Columbus: Van Meter & Associates, Inc., 2005 -2015
Uniform Standards of Conduct for Law Enforcement Agencies.  Columbus: Van Meter & Associates, Inc., 1990- 2015
Job Description Manual.  Columbus: Van Meter & Associates, Inc., 1991-2015
Police Use of Force Policy Manual.  Columbus: Van Meter & Associates, Inc., 1991, 2000.
Pursuits & Emergency Response Policy Manual. Columbus: Van Meter & Associates, Inc., 1991, 2000

Performance-Directed Management for Law Enforcement Agencies
Management’s Rights
Re-empowerment of Management
Due Process and Discipline-Termination
Quota-Free Police Productivity
Internal and Internal Affairs Investigations
Performance Improvement Planning
Tracking Absenteeism and Control System
Employee Discipline and Termination
Absenteeism:  The Problem, the Issues, the Solution
Civil Liability and the Use of Force: The Balancing Act
Due Process and Just Cause:  Employer/Employee Rights
Front-line Effective Police Supervision Skills
Major Crime Scene Reconstruction and Management
Proactive Management to Prevent Sexual Harassment
Quota-Free Productivity Standards
Street Talk and Tactics (Misdemeanor and Felony Stops)
Survival From Four to Midnight (Misdemeanor and Felony Stops)


Certified law enforcement trainer development instructor
Certified physical fitness specialist


Recipient, Pacesetters Award from the Ohio State University College of Business