Steven Poplawski

Chief Executive Officer Step Training Inc. |Police Officer (ret)| Key Note Speaker | Expert Trainer & Facilitator | Researcher


Having worked in the law enforcement field for over two decades, I found a personal passion for training, education and making real connections with others. As a professional trainer, I have always resisted the notion of “awareness training”, looking to create skill-based learning programs that lead to high-level performance and professional knowledge. The foundation of my professional work is based on the promotion of directed practice and service.

               "The true purpose of a trainer is not to simply relay information, but rather, to instill a desire in students to self-develop and commit to learning." Steven Poplawski, cc 2021

Working in the private security industry as a manager and team trainer, I moved into law enforcement, working as a Police Officer, Investigator and Trainer in Ontario. Although I worked in many departments within the police service, I found my true passion when I became an Ontario-Certified Use of Force Instructor. Throughout my many years in this role, I always looked to advance my presentation skills, and I took every available opportunity to stay current with present-day evidence-based practices. While acting as a Use of Force Instructor, I trained thousands of police officers, private security employees, auxiliary officers, police cadets and civilians.

In response to a growing need for on-going professional training outside my specific police service, Step Training Inc. was developed. Dedicated to providing evidence lead training and education to law enforcement agencies, municipalities, and customer service professionals, programs were built and highly motivated, experienced trainers brought in.  This professional group has grown, and our work now includes many international partnerships with law enforcement agencies, municipalities and companies around the world. We have spent a considerable amount of time working across Canada, The United States and Iceland.

Throughout the years, I continue to be actively involved in public speaking events, guest lecturing at the universities, publishing in scientific journals and presenting skill-based learning practices. Step Training Inc. completed an 18-month project with the Ontario Government, conducting applied research into police best practices, de-escalation and Use of Force decision making.

I’m dedicated to the development of real skills and training methodologies that meet the demands and public scrutiny of our modern society. Through a lens of service, we teach how to make real, meaningful connections with people, and in doing that meet the obligation of committed professional service.

"Your Partner in Training"
Steve Poplawski

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