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Office Locations

SoCal Office:
590 W. Main Street, Suite 101
Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 659-4294

NorCal Office:
1104 Corporate Way
Sacramento, CA 95831
(916) 668-6026

I am a Board Certified Security Management Professional with multi-state Security Consultant, Private Patrol and Private Investigator Qualified Manager licenses. My background includes more than 40 years of training and experience in evaluating, developing, and managing security and crime prevention programs. For 25 of those years I served as both a private sector Security Consultant and a public sector Peace Officer.

I am a former Corporate Security Manager, Police Crime Prevention Specialist, Detective Supervisor, Police Training Manager, and Internal Affairs Sergeant. If you are seeking a Security Expert to advise and educate you honestly and objectively – for better or worse – regarding the merits of your case, I can help. I am not a “professional expert witness.” I am a working security professional with impeccable credentials to support my opinions and the communications skills necessary to explain them clearly and concisely. The diversity and depth of my training and experience gives me a unique and original perspective on security and crime related issues.

Since 1991 I have been retained as a Forensic Security Consultant and Expert Witness on more than 300 occasions in matters involving: premises security adequacy and/or conduct of security personnel in nightclubs, bars, hotels, casinos, restaurants, shopping malls, department stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, parking facilities, government facilities, apartments, gated communities, service stations, supermarkets, construction sites, jewelry stores, sports stadiums, amusement & entertainment venues, country clubs, real estate offices, private residences, and airports.

I have qualified and testified as a security expert in United States District Court and various California, Nevada, Arizona, and South Dakota State Courts. I have provided deposition testimony, expert reports, and written declarations in various California, Nevada, Arizona, and U.S. District Court proceedings.

Education / Licenses

Board Certified in Security Management; Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Certified Security Professional (CSP), NV Licensed Security Consultant, CA/NV/AZ Private Investigator & CA/NV Patrol Operator Licenses, CA Security Guard License, CA Advanced & Supervisory Peace Officer Certificates; CA Teaching Credential; BSIS/DOJ Firearms Instructor; CA Certified Proprietary Security Officer Trainer.

Years in Practice

40 years

Primary Areas of Expertise

– Standard of Care, Conduct, Operational Policies, Standards & Procedures, Licensing Requirements and Unlicensed Practices involving Private Patrol Companies, Private Investigators, Security Consultants, Contract and In-House Security Officers, Retail Loss Prevention Agents, Nightclub/Bar Bouncers, Bodyguards, Security Expert Witnesses, and other security related personnel.

– Premises Security Adequacy & Negligence, Building & Site Design for Security, Security and Crime Prevention Standards and Practices in Apartments, Hotels, Bars, Nightclubs, Casinos, Retail and Convenience Stores, Parking and Special Use Facilities, Security Related Employment Practices, Crime Foreseeability.

– Standards and Practices relating to Detention & Arrest, Use of Force, Workplace Violence and Violent
Third-Party Crime Incidents.

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