Division of Law Enforcement Services (DLES)
The Division of Law Enforcement Services is headed by the Administrator. The Administrator is an unclassified position that is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Attorney General. The Administrator works closely with the Attorney General on priority issues for the DOJ, as well as with local, county, state and federal law enforcement leaders from across Wisconsin and the nation to implement programs and policies of statewide significance or importance.
The Division is organized into four Bureaus: the Crime Information Bureau; the Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis, the Training and Standards Bureau and the Justice Programs Bureau.
The Crime Information Bureau is responsible for managing four state-wide programs: the Transaction Information for the Management of Enforcement (TIME) System; state criminal history repository, Handgun Hotline and concealed carry licenses / certifications.
The Training and Standards Bureau coordinates a variety of criminal justice initiatives and serves as the staff of the Law Enforcement Standards Board (LESB). It administers the programs of the Board for certification of law enforcement, jail and secure detention officers; of instructors; and of academies. The Bureau administers reimbursement of training expenses for participants in LESB programs and coordinates and supports statewide training provided by the Department of Justice to the Wisconsin law enforcement community. The Bureau also administers state and federal grant funds supporting juvenile justice and adult criminal justice initiatives.
The Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis (BJIA) is responsible for conducting research, analysis, and program evaluation to support evidence-based decision making and policy development. The BJIA also serves as the Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) for the State of Wisconsin and oversees the Wisconsin Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.
The Bureau of Justice Programs (BJP) is responsible for administering the state and federal grant funds supporting juvenile justice and adult criminal justice initiatives.
Steve has been with the Department of Justice since April of 2020 when he was appointed the Director of the Training and Standards Bureau. On December 19th, 2021, Steve was appointed as the Acting Administrator for the Division of Law Enforcement Services. Steve still maintains the Director role with the Training and Standards Bureau.
“Steven has done a great job leading the Division of Law Enforcement Services on an interim basis,” said AG Kaul. “I’m confident that as DLES Administrator, he will continue to serve Wisconsin law enforcement, and all Wisconsinites, with distinction.”
Prior to the appointments in the Department of Justice, Steve served the City of Racine Police Department for 29 years. He retired as the Commander of the Training Unit.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Marquette University in criminology/law studies and philosophy and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University. Steve is also a Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command graduate.