Rick Killips


State of Michigan Licensed Professional Investigator            June 2010 to Present

Owner of Investigative Services of Northern Michigan LLC  DBA Open Source Intelligence Michigan

Lic# :3701205856  Expiration Date: 01/31/2025

Michigan State Police            Enlisted 9/25/1978 Retired 05/31/2010

  •  Special Operations Division, Assistant Division Commander, Lansing, March 2007 – May 2010
    • Rank Inspector, responsible for the supervision of two sections.  Each had statewide responsibility those sections included:
      • Michigan Intelligence Operations Center
        • Joint MSP, FBI, Homeland Security, intelligence fusion center
        • Criminal Analysis providing support to law enforcement
        • 24 hour Operations Watch Center
        • MI State Police Detectives assigned to federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces
        • Violent Crimes Unit
          • Provided support in homicide investigations
          • Criminal Profiling
      • Field Support
        • Aviation
        • K-9
        • Computer Crimes Unit
        • Identity Theft Unit
        • EST (Swat Team)
        • Underwater Recovery Unit
        • Methamphetamine Investigation Unit
        • Tobacco Tax Unit
        • Bridge Card (aka food stamps) Fraud
  • Criminal Investigation Division, Rank Inspector,  July 2000 – February 2007
    • Assistant Division Commander
      • Responsible for the supervision of 15 multi-jurisdictional drug teams
  • Petoskey Post Commander, Rank F/Lt.,  January 1997- June 2000
    • Commanded troopers assigned to general law enforcement patrol duties in two counties
  • Special Investigation Division, Rank D/F/Lt., April 1992 – December 1996
    • Supervised four multi-jurisdictional drug teams and one surveillance team
  • Special Investigation Division, Rank D/Lt., January  1988 – March  1992
    • Commanded Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (SANE) drug investigation  team
    • Commanded the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, Marquette County
    • Commanded the State Police Criminal Investigation Unit, Otsego County
  • Special Investigation Division, County of Macomb Drug Enforcement Team (COMET) Rank D/Sgt. , July 1985-December 1987
    • Assistant drug team street leader
  • Pontiac Post, Rank, Trooper, July 1984 – June 1985
    • General road patrol
  • Special Investigation Division, Detroit Criminal Investigation Section, Rank D/Tpr. , July 1981- June 1984
    • Undercover narcotics officer
  • Pontiac Post, Trooper, September 1978 – June 1981
    • Completed academy assigned general road patrol


  • Michigan State University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major: Criminal Justice
      • Attended 1975-1978 – completed degree 2003

Specialized Training

  • Michigan State Police 95th Recruit School
  • DEA Basic Drug School
  • DEA Unit Commander School – Quantico
  • ANACAPA Sciences Analytical Investigation Methods
  • State of Michigan Instructor Development
  • IRS- Financial Investigations
  • Biological and Chemical terrorism training
  • Incident Command Training
  • REID Interview and Interrogation School
  • Counter-Terrorism Training – Held in Israel by Israeli Police and IDF
  • Using the Internet as an Investigative Research Tool
    • Toddington International Inc.
  • IBM i2 Analyst’s Notebook
  • Criminal Intelligence Analysis – August Analysis & Research (IALEIA approved 40-hour course)

Special Assignments 

  • Asset Forfeiture and Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Team Review (2009-2010)
    • Reviewed all seizures made under civil forfeiture law by State Police drug teams and special enforcement units over a three year period
    • Reviewed administrative procedures in place at each team
    • Reported findings to MSP Director and Executive Council
    • Made changes to MSP Official Order dealing with forfeiture
  • Part of a four-person team that traveled to New Mexico to review the New Mexico State Police Narcotics Unit structure, operating policy, personnel practices, etc. (2008)
    • Authored report of findings and recommendations that were delivered to the director of the New Mexico State Police.
  • Incident Commander and After Action Report Author for 2003 Manhunt of Right-Wing Extremist who Murdered a State Trooper
  • Coordinated MSP Methcathinone Efforts (1992-1995)
    • Authored report on the issue and made recommendations for joint DEA, MSP enforcement effort
    • Oversaw MSP efforts in a joint task force
    • Wrote and produced a methcathinone training video for law enforcement personnel
    • Made presentation to international law enforcement conference in Washington on Michigan’s methcathinone problem

Certifications / Classifications

  • CFE- Certified Fraud Examiner, ACFE
  • PCI – Professionally Certified Investigator, ASIS
  • IALEIA – Basic Analyst Classification