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Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

ILEA > Staff/Contact Info > Lance M. Burris, Master Instructor Lance M. Burris, Master Instructor

Lance M. Burris, Master Instructor. served twenty-three (23) years with the Hobart Police Department and specialized in investigations prior to joining the staff at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in March of 1993.  While with the Hobart Police Department, Lieutenant Burris spent ten (10) years in the patrol division and thirteen (13) years in the detective bureau, retiring as Chief of Detectives. During his law enforcement career, Lieutenant Burris received numerous citations, awards and commendations from his department, local departments, the community, and the FBI; including bravery and Purple Heart citations. Prior to entering law enforcement, Lieutenant Burris completed a tour of duty in the U.S. Army with service in Korea.

From 1988 to 1993 Lieutenant Burris worked as an investigator for the Tort and Medicaid Fraud Units of the Indiana Attorney General's Office and worked in the private sector as an internal theft investigator conducting safety and security audits for a nationwide corporation.

A graduate of the one hundred eighty-seventh (187th) Session of the FBI National Academy and the Police Chiefs' Executive Training Program, Lieutenant Burris has also attended Indiana University Northwest, University of Louisville, and St. Joseph College with his primary focus on Criminal Justice. Recently, Lt. Burris was the recipient of the Office of the Governor's "Distinguished Hoosier" Award and is also a published author.

Lieutenant Burris is assigned to the Regional Training Staff and is the Academy Liaison between the six (6) State Training Councils and the Northwest Regional Basic Training Academy. Lieutenant Burris other duties consist being the Project Manager of the academics pursuit for Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), instructing Criminal Investigations, Instructor Development, Domestic Terrorism, and Management/Supervision. He is also the OIC in the Pre-Basic program.