Commander Clif Northam is currently assigned to the Detention Bureau, Detention Support Division. He is a thirty one year law enforcement veteran, beginning his career as a police officer in the Washington, D.C. area in 1982. Commander Northam has been employed with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office since January 1994. He has served in several areas within the Sheriff’s Office, to include; Patrol, Training Coordinator, Training Academy Instructor, Community Policing/HICOP, FTO, FTO Program Coordinator, PIO, CJC Floor Security Lieutenant and Court Services Lieutenant. He was designated a Colorado Master Field Training Officer by the County Sheriff’s of Colorado. He has also instructed courses on Supervision, Biased Based Profiling, Patrol Observation and Cultural Diversity for the Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in the State on behalf of The County Sheriff’s of Colorado Association (CSOC). In addition to his duties with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Commander Northam is a trainer for Penn State University’s Justice and Safety Institute. In this capacity, he has taught various police related courses such as Leadership Development, Field Training Officer and Organizational Change. These courses have been presented to other law enforcement and detention agencies in the U.S. as well as to the Trinidad-Tobago Police Services under contract with Penn State.
Outside of his work at the Sheriff’s Office, Commander Northam is a dedicated community member who seeks the good of all the citizens of our community through his involvement in various organizations and committees. He is a member of the El Pomar Emerging Leaders Development Committee, the Colorado Springs Black Advisory Council, the Colorado Springs Branch NAACP, The Fourth Judicial District Mental Health Court, and the State Legislative Mental Illness/Criminal Justice Task Force. Northam is also a member of the board of Kid Power- Colorado and a graduate of the 2006 class of the Center for Creative Leadership’s Community Leadership Program.