Captain Scott Oldham

  • Captain of Operations at Bloomington Police Department (Indiana)

Captain Scott Oldham is a thirty three year law enforcement veteran, serving with progressive areas of responsibility including patrol officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain.

Captain Oldham is currently the Captain of Operations for the Bloomington Indiana Police Department, overseeing both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions as well as specialty units including the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), K9 unit and others such as the Civil Disturbance Unit (CDU).

Over the last two and a half decades CPT Oldham has instructed officers from many different law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of operational and tactical areas, including SWAT and Civil Disturbance Tactics. CPT Oldham has planned, led and been involved with numerous tactical operations including the resolution of incidents involving barricaded suspects, high risk warrant services and the rescue of persons held hostage as well as the protective details for many well-known persons. He currently serves on a standing United States Department of Justice Committee on Civil Disturbance equipment and tactics.

Having served with the Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team for over 19 years, CPT Oldham was honored to be a founding member of the Indiana SWAT Officers Association. He has had over 135 articles published in magazines such as S.W.A.T., Tactical Response, Law and Order, Special Operations Report, Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement and others. CPT Oldham wrote a bi-monthly article for Hendon Publications’ Law and Order magazine, which focused on important topics for first line law enforcement supervisors.

CPT. Oldham has been invited to be a guest lecturer at the University and Corporate level on many occasions and was a presenter at the 2008 SHOT Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. CPT Oldham was also a presenter at the 2012 National ‘All-Hands’ Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General Conference where he taught Field Trauma Care for Police Officers.


  • Safety Considerations in Police Social Work

    The session will elaborate on the precautionary measures law enforcement agencies take to ensure the safety of embedded PSWs, including equipment and clearing calls prior to PSW engagement. The session will also cover safety considerations associated with the role of an embedded PSW versus a contracted social worker, working solo versus with officers.