Richard P. Lichten, CLS, (Lt. Ret.)
, has over 30 years of experience within Law Enforcement
. He has expertise in Administrative, Tactical, and Policy and Procedural Areas of Law Enforcement and specializes in many areas of Police and Jail Procedures
, including the Use of Force
(lethal and less lethal), use of the TASER
, and jail suicide and jail medical cases
, just to name a few. Mr. Lichten continues to seek out and attend training to further his expertise. In April 2017, the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths (IPICD) certified Mr. Lichten as an Arrest-Related and In-Custody Death Investigative Specialist.
Mr. Lichten has commanded responses to over 100 large jail riots involving up to 2,000 inmates and led many forced cell removals. He has lectured in other states on the handling of jail riots and forced cell removals. He has expertise in jail medical care policies and procedures as well as expertise in jail suicide prevention. Mr. Lichten lectures to investigator groups and attorney groups on use of force issues. He has conducted investigations in over 2,000 use of force cases (in patrol and jails), and conducted over 1,000 personnel / citizen/ inmate complaint investigations in both patrol and jails.
- Mr. Lichten has provided expert testimony in Federal and Superior Courts in a number of states. He has consulted on officer involved shooting cases, use of force cases, and other patrol and jail procedure civil litigation cases for both defense and plaintiff counsel. His services include case review an consultation and officer agency actions in regards to policy and procedures of generally accepted practices.
Primary Areas of Expertise
Jail Areas of Expertise
- Use of Force in Patrol and in Jails
- De-escalation Techniques
- Incidents involving the Mentally Ill
- Vehicle and Foot Pursuits
- Emergency Code 3 Driving
|Handcuffing InjuriesOfficer-involved ShootingsGeneral Patrol Tactics and Police PracticesUse of TASER and Pepper SprayCitizen v. Citizen Self-defense Cases|
- Jail / Prison Suicide
- Jail Medical Care
- Inmate Culture
- Jail-made Weapons (Shanks)
|Jail Food ServiceInmate Safety ChecksPossession of NarcoticsInmate Housing|
Medical care in a jail setting is a very specific and unique situation not faced elsewhere because both the correctional staff (guards, deputies, officers, etc.) and the jail medical staff have duties and responsibilities that by the nature of the in-custody setting overlap.
For some time now, the news media has inundated the public with stories of prison underfunding, poor prison health care, and the possibility of California releasing thousands of prison inmates to ease overcrowding. Additionally, two major prison riots were reported. One riot was in California and one in Kentucky. Numerous prisoners were injured and millions of dollars in damage was done during both riots. The news reported that prison overcrowding was to blame in each case.