Institute History The Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) was founded by John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. in the spring of 2005 with its sole purpose to educate interested parties about arrest-related and in-custody deaths. A former police administrator, police officer, and current international trainer, Dr. Peters taught a one-day program focusing upon the identification and prevention of in-custody deaths as early as the 1990's and thought it time to specialize in this area. To date, the IPICD has trained over 10,000 individuals as instructors in this specialized topic, and has expanded its training programs in 2008 and again in 2009. New programs are constantly being developed to better serve the law enforcement, EMS, and related communities and stakeholders. Institute staff has trained individuals from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Singapore, Australia, China, the United States, and has conducted on-site training and consultation in Singapore, Canada, and Hong Kong.
Recognizing the need to share scientific and evidence-based information about excited delirium and in-custody deaths the IPICD held its first international conference featuring world class presenters and scientists in 2006. The conference continues to be held in Las Vegas, NV every autumn and focuses on scientific, legal, and proven practices designed to minimize arrest-related and in-custody deaths.
Mission Statement The Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths, Inc. (IPICD) is a clearinghouse, resource center, and training, and litigation assistance provider dedicated to providing interested parties with objective, timely, accurate, qualitative, and quantitative information, training, and operational guidance for the prevention and management of sudden- and in-custody deaths.
Seminal and Exclusive Instructor Programs The IPICD staff ask what training programs are needed, are missing, and are in need of development. To date, the IPICD staff has developed several new and exclusive training programs including “Wheelchair Instructor,” “Public Safety Disability Specialist,” and “Excited Delirium and Agitated Chaotic Events Instructor.” More training programs are being developed, too. Each program has a complete set of supplemental training materials including a complete lesson guide, user-level PowerPoint® slide deck, user-level assessment documents, mini-poster, and a text in the wheelchair program
Members of the IPICD Board of Directors are current or former law enforcement command staff, supervisors, and/or trainers who are very active in the criminal justice profession. All have "walked the walk and talked the talk."
IPICD faculty are current or former law enforcement peace officers and served in a variety of assignments including training. Each faculty person is a subject matter expert in the topic(s) instructed.
A. David Berman, CLS, M.S. is a sworn Constable in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also teaches firearms at a Pennsylvania police academy. A former Wilkes-Barre (PA) Police Department officer, David was a members of its Emergency Services Unit. A nationally-recognized munitions, defensive tactics, impact tool, and firearms instructor, David has taught instructor and basic courses to police, correctional, military, and security officers across North America. A National Rifle Association-qualified firearms instructor, he has the street experience to separate theory from reality. His graduate degree in criminal justice is from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), and his undergraduate degree in education was earned at Wilkes University (PA). He is also a Certified Litigation Specialist awarded through the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement.
Brian Casey is co-developer of the IPICD online "One Breath . . ." program and is a peace officer with a Minnesota metropolitan law enforcement agency. Sergeant Casey earned a degree in Health Education form the University of Minnesota and has over thirty years of experience working as a paramedic, EMS educator, and police officer.
Michael Coleman is a sworn peace officer with a Nevada police department where he teaches in the academy and is an ADA Coordinator. A highly-qualified and energetic instructor, Michael co-developed the Wheelchair: Contact and Control Instructor program and text (with John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D.), and speaks at Autism conferences across the United States. Michael has a son with Autism, and his father is confined to a wheelchair, which makes him eminently-qualified to teach both subjects.
John G. Peters, Jr., CLS, Ph.D. serves as president and Chief Learning Officer of the IPICD. A former administrator of a medium-sized police department, police officer, and deputy sheriff, Dr. Peters is author of more than 250 publications, and is a judicially-qualified expert witness. In addition to his undergraduate criminal justice degree from the University of Baltimore, Dr. Peters holds 4 graduate degrees, and a California CLEAR teaching credential. In 2020, Dr. Peters was appointed Executive Director of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement.
Charles Wilhite, J.D., Ph.D. instructs the IPICD "Use of Force by the Numbers: 4, 14, 18" program, which was co-developed with John G. Peters, Jr., Ph.D. A research psychologist and practicing attorney, Dr. Wilhite is Director of the IPICD Center for Legal Education, and is a retired Captain of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. He is a member of the IPICD Board of Directors and is a frequent presenter at annual IPICD conferences.