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Bo Mitchell
20 Indian Hill Road
Wilton CT 06897
USA
phone: 203-563-9999 or Cell: 203-984-7931
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911 Consulting specializes in Emergency Preparedness, Training, Drills and Exercises for corporations, campuses and medical facilities. 911 Consulting gives you practical solutions for preventing likely incidents, preparing for emergencies, responding to a crisis and resuming operations. We create a custom emergency plan, train your personnel, and stage drills to make sure you're ready.

Bo Mitchell was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. He retired in February 2001 to found 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises for organizations like GE HQ, Hyatt HQ, MasterCard HQ, four colleges and universities plus 25 secondary schools. He serves clients headquartered from Boston to LA working in their facilities from London to San Francisco. Bo has earned 21 certifications in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, Safety and Security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally.

Bo is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Continuity Professional and Certified in Homeland Security.

Professional Designations: CEM, CPP, CBCP, CHS-V, CSI-ML, HSEEP, IAC, MOAB, CHSP, CHEP, CSHM, CESCO, CHCM, CFC, CIPS, CSSM, CSC, CAS, TFCT3, CERT, CMC.
Most organization leaders believe their emergency plans are state-of-the-art. When, in fact, their plans are dangerously flawed.

More than one in four U.S. residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults - not counting faculty and staff members - are on campuses with written emergency plans.

8/19/2013 · Crisis Management
Most campus administrators regard evacuation drills as a straightforward obligation on the school calendar. Activate the alarm; students file out bored; students file back in really bored; end of drill. A no-brainer, right?

More than one-in-four U.S.residents are students, attending kindergarten through college. Most of these 75.8 million children, teenagers and adults-not counting faculty and staff members- are on campuses with written emergency plans.

7/16/2013 · Crisis Management
Plan, train and exercise your organization's emergency team on premises before, during and after the hurricane.

6/25/2013 · Crisis Management
The alarms are relentless, the lights are flashing, and you're offsite. Will your people respond appropriately to the threat or place themselves in harm's way?

5/1/2013 · Security
Since Sandy Hook, I get asked daily about "RUN, HIDE, FIGHT," the new response to an active shooter on a campus or in a workplace.

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Dr. Michael Fagel, PhD, CEM
837 Hoyden Ct
Sugar Grove IL 60554
USA
phone: 630-234-6611
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Dr. Michael J. Fagel, PhD, CEM has over 30 years of broad based experience in a variety of fields relating to Threat & Vulnerability Assessment, Consequence Management & Emergency Management. He provides specialized assistance in OSHA compliance assistance and training in Disaster Management, Emergency Response as well as Occupational Safety and Health.

Aurora Safety has extensive experience in litigation guidance drawing from decades of experience in all phases of safety and emergency response and planning. They provide guidance to attorneys and insurance companies on a variety of topics and offer effective evaluations regarding the many facets of each case.

Dr. Fagel provides expert witness services to cases in across North America. He has served various Federal Agencies providing Occupational Safety Services at disaster sites. He also was EMS coordinator for the fire rescue division in North Aurora, as well as serving as an officer in the local fire service. Dr. Fagel currently teaches industrial safety and emergency medical services at several college locations and lectures at various professional trade conferences throughout the country. He offers Expert Witness Services and Litigation Support to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Disaster Management and Recovery
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Voluntary Protection Programs (VPPs)
  • Fire, EMS, Disaster Management
  • Site Inspections
  • Training Assessment Management and Development of Safety Programs
  • Critical Incident / Crisis Management Site Inspections
  • Safety Audits
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4/24/2014 · Security
At schools, campuses, sporting events, and retail facilities, those thoughts ring out day after day. We have watched with horror the increasingly more frequent news of violence at establishments we once thought "safe" from wanton violence. One has to just scan the news to see that no place is immune from any type of random act that injures or kills innocent civilians, be it a movie theater, retail mall, sporting event, school, or church. In this column, let's take a look at a few basic elements.

3/26/2014 · Security
We often times think of our own facilities, our sites as something no one would want to harm... or would they?

Michael J. Fagel, PhD
Emergency managers and officials have seen a tremendous increase in the planning responsibilities placed on their shoulders over the last decade. Crisis Management and Emergency Planning: Preparing for Today's Challenges supplies time-tested insights to help communities and organizations become better prepared to cope with natural and manmade disasters and their impacts on the areas they serve.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD
This book offers preparedness and mitigation recommendations for advanced emergency planning. Because disasters are so unpredictable, advance planning is needed to effectively respond to and mitigate against the potential effects of such events. More than a dozen contributors offer their professional expertise on a wide variety of topics.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD
This book provides a clear and up-to-date understanding of how an EOC should operate within the guidance of various federal and national programs. It discusses the processes and systems that must be considered in emergency planning and preparedness efforts, and provides time-tested tips for those developing and revising emergency preparedness plans.
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Steven D. Ashley, MS, MLS, MFCI, MUFI, ARM-P, CLS2
Risk Management Professional, Criminal Justice Trainer
Monroe MI USA
phone: 517-548-2275
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Steve Ashley Law Enforcement Expert PhotoSteven D. Ashley has over 40 years of experience in Law Enforcement. As a researcher, his primary area of interest is the Use of Force and Control by Police, with an emphasis on Non-lethal Control Methods and Implements.

Mr. Ashley has earned and received certification as a Force Science Analyst (Force Science Institute®), a Master Use of Force Instructor (Smith and Wesson Academy®), a Master Force and Control Instructor (Police Policy Studies Council®), a TASER® Senior Master Instructor (TASER International), and an Associate in Risk Management – Public Entities (Insurance Institute of America®). He has attended over 5,700 hours of advanced police training.

In addition to his 15 years as a full-time, sworn, law enforcement officer, and 12 years as a full-time risk management professional, Mr. Ashley has been a criminal justice trainer for more than 40 years, and has trained thousands of officers, trainers, and managers in police subjects, including Firearms, Driving, Radar, Chemical Munitions, TASER, and Defensive Tactics. A prolific author, writing often for both print and on-line publications, he is a frequent, invited presenter at national and international law enforcement conferences. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at several Michigan colleges, and at the Smith and Wesson Academy.

Litigation Support - Steven Ashley has worked as a law enforcement expert witness since 1995, consulting on over 150 cases, and testifying in many. He specializes in use of force, motor vehicle operation, arrest practices and police & corrections procedural issues. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Litigation Support Services:
  • Police Use of Force Consultation
  • Jail & Security Assessments
  • Liability Claims Assistance
  • Public Safety Loss Control
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Police Procedural Review
  • Information & Research
  • Supervisory Audits
  • Trial Consultation
  • Jury Assistance
  • Police Pursuit Driving Case Analysis
  • Applicant Screening & Assessment
  • Police Deadly Force Consultation
  • Law Enforcement Risk Control
  • Employment Practices Review
  • Policy Review & Development
  • Municipal Risk Management
  • Private Security Audits
  • Firearms and Shooting Case Review
  • Arrest & Custody Practices Analysis
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    Roger W. Chappell
    104 Clear Ridge Cove
    Georgetown TEXAS (TX) 78628
    USA
    phone: 281-793-3455
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    Roger Chappell Security Expert PhotoRoger W. Chappell, has over 25 years of experience in the Law Enforcement and Security industry. His experience allows him to assist attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in determining whether or not minimum industry standards were met regarding premises liability. Additionally, he has a vast array of experience in criminal investigations.

    Mr. Chappell has been summoned to testify as an Expert Witness in Texas District Courts on more than 20 occasions involving the following matters:
    • Premises Security Adequacy
    • Murder
    • Capital Murder
    • Felony Murder of a Police Officer
    • Aggravated Robbery
    Experience - Mr. Chappell is a 9 year Marine Corps Veteran and 22 year retired police supervisor in Houston, Texas. He is also a former corporate security manager, police crime prevention specialist, detective supervisor, police training manager, and internal affairs sergeant. Mr. Chappell coordinated numerous security related functions at hotels, bars and night clubs, and apartments. He has handled large events during the Super Bowl, MLB All Stars, and NCAA Final Four events. He was also a hostage negotiator for over 12 years responsible for the safe resolution to highly stressful and violent events.

    Education / Training: Roger Chappell has a masters degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University. He has over 3,000 hours of training relating to active shooter, homicide investigations, kidnappings, interviewing and interrogation, crime scene process, and mental health issues.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Security Guards Negligence
    • Bar & Nightclub Bouncers Issues
    • Use of Force
    • Investigations and Surveillance
    • Detention and Arrest by Security / Non-Security Personnel
  • Premises Security Issues / Adequacy
  • Security Management
  • Police Policies and Procedures
  • Workplace Violence Issues
  • Unlicensed Security Activity
  • State and Local Regulatory Compliance
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    7/7/2015 · Security
    A report of shots fired at the Navy Yard in Washington, D. C. brought a huge response from law enforcement from all areas. The response was immediate and overwhelming. As it turns out, the report was false. The incident remains under investigation at the time of this writing.

    5/26/2015 · Security
    Coordinating security for corporate offices, hotels, apartments, convenience stores, and just about every other possible location can have its challenges. Coordinating security at major events, however, is especially challenging. This article will focus on some of the challenges I faced when coordinating security for several events and locations in Houston, Texas for Super Bowl XXXVI.

    Not long after I promoted to sergeant, I was training in a patrol division. I was riding with another sergeant when we received a call from two patrol officers. They were at an apartment complex and had chased a male into an apartment. They requested a supervisor go by with them. So, as part of my training, we went.

    I have read a number of books, studies, and court cases in my career to support the fact that eyewitness identification, by itself, is never sufficient enough to send a person to prison. This is not news. Over the past 20 years, more and more people are being exonerated for violent crimes due to DNA . This article is not to rehash old arguments. Instead, it is more of a reminder to investigators everywhere to not finalize a case, charge a person, and send them to prison based solely on an eyewitness' identification.

    3/26/2015 · Law Enforcement
    During my 22-year law enforcement career, I became involved in countless situations in which I personally dealt with people in mental health crisis. My first incident involved a Hispanic male armed with a pistol. I learned a significant amount from that single incident: so much, in fact, that I made the decision to join the Houston Police Department's Hostage Negotiation Team. The techniques I have learned over the years can be applicable to almost anyone, at any time, in just about any situation. In the following paragraphs, I will recount a few incidents in which I was involved and discuss the techniques used to end each the situation safely. Understand that this is not a specific "how-to guide" that may be applied to every situation. Instead, the use of these techniques will simply allow a person that becomes aware of a certain situation - to be able to attempt to stabilize the incident prior to first responders' arrival.

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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA
    Offices in Ohio and California
    All States (Except TX) USA
    phone: 877-686-5460
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    John M. White, CPP, CHPA is Board Certified in Security Management; Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA); and a Published Author.

    Mr. White has been a professional security practitioner, security consultant, and expert witness since 1999. He has over 40 years of experience in Corporate Security Management and Law Enforcement and Security consulting, including physical security, security operations, regulatory compliance, & security training. Prior to forming Protection Management, LLC, Mr. White served a distinguished career in law enforcement, corporate security, and the military.

    As a security consultant, Mr. White has developed and/or assessed security programs involving multi-unit residential properties, hotels/motels, homeless shelters, tourism services, places of worship, retail stores, high rise office/residential buildings, food services, entertainment services, healthcare services, hospitals, long-term care facilities/assisted living, parking facilities, college campuses, lounges, and other commercial properties.

    In 2013, Mr. White was approached by publisher Butterworth-Heinemann and asked to write a book on security risk assessments. That book, titled: Security Risk Assessment – Managing Physical and Operational Security was published in July 2014 and is available online through numerous bookstores.

    Litigation Support - Mr. White has been retained by law firms representing plaintiffs and defendants in negligent security, premises liability, and use of force lawsuits in the field of security. His services include case consultation, document review and analysis, deposition, arbitration and mediation, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Crime Prevention
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Healthcare Security
    • Premises Security Issues
    • Security Risk Assessments
    • Security Audits
  • Security Training
  • Security Management
  • Security Program Development
  • Security Policies
  • Use of Force
  • Workplace Violence
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    John M. White
    This is the most up-to-date and comprehensive resource available on how to conduct a thorough security assessment for any organization. A good security assessment is a fact-finding process that determines an organization’s state of security protection. It exposes vulnerabilities, determines the potential for losses, and devises a plan to address these security concerns. While most security professionals have heard of a security assessment, many do not know how to conduct one, how it’s used, or how to evaluate what they have found. Security Risk Assessment offers security professionals step-by-step guidance for conducting a complete risk assessment. It provides a template draw from, giving security professionals the tools needed to conduct an assessment using the most current approaches, theories, and best practices.
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    David Rose
    Lieutenant, Retired
    12410 Erin Drive
    Auburn CA 95603
    USA
    phone: 530-305-8035
    fax: 530-823-3660
    Lt. Dave Rose retired from the Placer County Sheriff's Office, California, after 25 plus years of service, 28 plus total law enforcement experience. He is a court certified expert witness in Use of Force, Police Practices, Jail Procedures, Electronic Control Devices, Impact Weapon Markings, Training, Deadly Weapons, OC and Handcuffing. Mr. Rose provides tactical training to law enforcement, military, and security personnel. His specialization is in defensive tactics, arrest control techniques, impact weapons and firearms.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Arrest Control Techniques
  • Impact Weapons
  • Firearms
  • Less Lethal Munitions
  • Special Weapons and Tactics
  • Incident Command
  • Response to WMD
  • Crowd Control / Civil Disorder
  • Active Shooter Response
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    Howard B. Wood
    2352 Tuscavilla Rd.
    Tallahassee FL 32312
    USA
    phone: 850-906-0516
    fax: 850-894-6494
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    Howard B. Wood, President of Securcorp, Inc., is a retired former Special Agent with the United States Secret Service. He spent over 27 years with the Secret Service. During the past 13 years, he has worked in the private sector as a security consultant and as an expert witness in Premises Liability and Negligent Security cases.

    Litigation Support - A security expert witness with over 35 years in the security industry, Mr. Wood provides forensic security expert witness services, litigation support, security expert witness testimony, and security training to clients in the U.S. and overseas. His services also include witness location and interviews. Mr. Wood's expertise is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Premises Liability Expertise:
    • Buildings
    • Hotels
    • Banks
    • Apartment Complexes
    • Office Buildings
    • Cruise Liners and Ports
  • Parking Lots
  • Garages
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Security Guards
  • Shopping Malls
  • Association:
    • American Society for Industrial Security
    • International Association of Professional Security Consultants
    • Association of Former Special Agents of the U.S. Secret Service
    • Illumination Engineering Society of North America
    • National Associates of Legal Investigators
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    Roy G. Taylor
    9650 Strickland Rd., Suite 103-176
    Raleigh NC 27615
    USA
    phone: 919-697-1995
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    Roy G. Taylor is a Criminal Justice and Security Consultant with over 35 years of experience in a wide-range of federal, state, local, and private criminal justice positions. Mr. Taylor specializes in Police Practices and Procedures and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.

    Current Positions:
    • Chief of Police Blue Ridge Public Safety (2014)
    • President/CEO Signal 88 Security of Charlotte (2012)
    • President/CEO Capitol Special Patrol (2012)
    • Chief of Police Capitol Special Police (2002)
    • Major(P) – Provost Marshal, Army National Guard (2000)
    • Antiterrorism / Emergency Management Branch Chief DoD (2007)
    • Provost Marshal Joint Civil Support Task Force, Joint Chiefs of Staff (2014)
    Litigation Support - Mr. Taylor is called upon to analyze cases from both defense and plaintiff perspectives. His services include case review, written reports, deposition, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Police Standards & Practices
    • Use of Force & Deadly Force
    • Electronic Control Devices
    • Standards of Conduct
    • High Speed Vehicle Pursuits & Chases
    • Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures
  • Failure to Train
  • Law Enforcement Malpractice
  • Failure to Supervise
  • Violations of §1983 Civil Rights
  • Personnel Selection & Retention
  • Police K-9
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    Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC
    President
    Post Office Box 5909
    Kent WA 98064-5909
    United States of America
    phone: (253) 852-7000
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    Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a Forensic Security Management Expert Witness with over 38 years of experience in Military and Civil Law Enforcement, Corporate and Private Investigation professions. He has conducted investigative, security risk and threat assessment services throughout North America, to include Alaska and Canada, as well as, several countries in Central and South America for individuals and corporations in residences, educational settings, on corporate campuses, and large venue events.

    Mr. Canaan provides forensic security management expert services in three categories:

    SECURITY: premises liability; inadequate security; negligent hiring and retention; inadequate supervision and training; excessive or improper use-of-force; foreseeability; security policies and procedures; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; executive protection.

    DETECTION CANINE OPERATIONS: methodology; deployment; training.

    INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations; employee misconduct; due diligence; stalking; threat analysis; surveillance; covert video; personal injury and worker’s compensation insurance fraud.

    In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security awarded Mr. Canaan the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners, the Certified Protection Professional. This Board Certification in Security Management is based upon experience and passage of examination that provides an objective measure of an individual's broad-based knowledge and competency in security management.

    In July 2015, Mr. Canaan was awarded the Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant credential by the Forensic Expert Witness Association denoting that he has met the eligibility criteria in the completion of numerous educational courses in the subjects of forensic analysis, ethics, testimony, litigation consulting and expert witnessing.

    Since 1991, Mr. Canaan has served as President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc. He is a former Washington Certified Police Officer and Narcotics Detector Dog Handler.

    Mr. Canaan is certified instructor in related disciplines and maintain active membership in numerous professional associations. BA in Criminal Justice.

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    Jerry Wyatt
    Post Office Box #3446
    Houston TX 77253-3446
    USA
    phone: 281-361-9826 or 713-444-0893 (cell)
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    Jerry O. Wyatt, a licensed Security Consultant by the State of Texas, is the President and Owner of Wyatt Security Consultants, LLC (WSC). Mr. Wyatt's professional experience includes over 25 years of government service with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and 10 years as a Security Management Consultant for corporate and government clients.

    Mr. Wyatt's areas of expertise are: Arena/Concerts/Special Events; Aviation Security; Casino Security; Hospital Security; Hotel/Motel Security; Resort Security; Safety & Security; Security/Premise Liability; Security Consultation; Security Practices & Procedures; School Security.

    Wyatt Security Consultants, LLC (WSC) is a Risk and Crisis Management consulting company that provides world class business-centric solutions to operations and security risks posed by domestic and international acts of violence. WSC also provides proactive guidance and solutions for disruptions to operations caused by natural disasters. WSC offers consulting services that are proactive, cost efficient and have a "business-centric focus". WSC specializes in helping businesses develop and maintain work environments wherein employee and asset security contributes to maximizing growth and reducing risks.

    WSC Services Include:
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Security Vulnerability and Threat Assessment
  • Special Event Planning and Coordination
  • Forensic Consulting - Expert Witness
  • Business Continuity & Strategic Planning
  • Security Program Management
  • Asset and Employee Protection
  • Evaluation of Integrated Security Programs, Policies and Procedures
  • Evaluation of Staffing and Training Programs
  • Due Diligence Investigation
  • Media and Government Relations