Jeff Steffel was born in Chicago Illinois and his family moved to Southwest Michigan before he started his schooling at Saddle Lake School District #3 - a one-room schoolhouse with eight grades. After graduating from Bangor High School, He completed his studies at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 1971. He then enlisted in the Michigan State Police. As a trooper, he worked at the Erie (now Monroe), Lansing, Brighton and State Capitol posts. In that capacity he earned four Department citations for Professional Excellence and the Meritorious Service Medal. In 1974 he was selected to the first State Police Emergency Services Team, serving for five years. In 1980 he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to the Training Division. In 1983 he was promoted to lieutenant moved to the executive floor of the state police and assigned to the State Services Bureau where he coordinated lawsuits with the state’s Attorney General’s Office. He was then promoted to commanding officer of the Legal Resource Unit and then the Executive Resource Sections where he worked as a lobbyist on legislative issues. In 1991 he was promoted to Inspector and Assistant Division Commander of the Executive Division.

In January 1991 he attended the FBI National Academy. When he returned, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division in East Lansing where sixteen multi-jurisdictional narcotic teams fell under his command. In 1993 he was assigned to the Special Operations Division and assigned the task of bid evaluation, contract negotiations, and implementation of the Michigan Public Service Radio System (MPSCS) – the first state-wide digital, trunked radio system built in the United States. The MPSCS is also the largest contractual purchase made by the state of Michigan. The project was engineering intense, involved numerous real estate purchases, required new legislation and endured seven lawsuits. With the Communications elevation to Division status in 1994 came a promotion to Captain. For his work with the MPSCS he was awarded the State Police Police’s Director’s Commendation award.

While a trooper at the State Capitol Post and a sergeant at the Training Division, he studied law at the Thomas M. Cooley law school for three years and after graduation was admitted into the State Bar in 1982.

His law school education was utilized by the State Police. While still in law school, he started training recruits in the state police recruit academy. At the request of the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Training Council (now the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards – MCOLES) he submitted the training objectives for the legal modules of the police academies, many of which are still used today. He taught law to Michigan State Police recruits and troopers until his retirement in 1999.

In 1983 the author wrote and published “Michigan Warrantless Search and Seizure”. He was asked by Lansing Community College to write a book on Michigan Law and procedure, which he published late in 1983. Since then there have been four and eleven editions respectively of the books.

In addition to his duties with the Michigan State Police and writing books, he served twice as an elected councilperson on the State Bar’s Criminal Law Section and served as a standing member on it’s Character and Fitness Committee. He presented numerous seminars for colleges and local agencies. He provided taped lectures for the Michigan Prosecutor’s Association and taught for the Michigan Supreme Court’s Judicial Institute. He served as an expert in litigation.

After retiring from the State Police in 1999 he worked as a consultant with the wireless engineering firm of Buford Goff & Associates based in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2001 Mr. Steffel accepted a position with Grand Valley State University. His classes included Introduction to Justice and Society, Criminal Law, Ethics, Constitutional Law, Directed Studies and Property Law and Estates in the paralegal curriculum. He coauthored the chapters on criminal law and constitutional law in the GVSU book written for Introduction to Criminal Justice. While he retired from full time teaching in 2011, He continues his employment with GVSU teaching the legal classes at the GVSU police academy. He continues to write, lecture and consult with police agencies.