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Dennis Root
Principal
PO Box 426
Port Salerno FL 34992
USA
phone: 772-872-6048
fax: 772-324-8149
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Dennis Root Law Enforcement Expert PhotoDennis Root is a renowned Law Enforcement Trainer and nationally recognized Police Practices and Procedures Expert.

Mr. Root's primary focus is the Use of Force by law enforcement and for self-defense. His area of expertise has him working force cases across the United States and he has appeared on CNN, HLN, and many national and local news media programs. He also served as the use of force expert during the well-publicized cases involving George Zimmerman (FL) and Micah LeMaster (WV).

Mr. Root has a law enforcement career that spans more than 27 years. His full-time law enforcement service began with the City of Riviera Beach in 1989 and continued until he resigned from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office in 2011. After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, he accepted a part-time position with the Town of Palm Beach Shores Police Department and served as the Director of Internal Affairs and Training.

During his law enforcement career, Mr. Root's duty assignments have included Road Patrol, Traffic, Detective, Training, Canine, Internal Affairs, and Program Commander of the Sanctions Enforcement Unit of the Martin County Sheriff’s Office JOTC. He also served as the use of force specialist for the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

Dennis Root is part of a panel of guests on the Anderson Cooper Show discussing the shooting death of an individual with mental health issues.

Litigation Support - Since leaving full time law enforcement, Mr. Root founded Dennis Root & Associates, which handles cases in both State and Federal court. In addition to his extensive background in use of force and self-defense, he has also been judicially recognized as an expert witness in DUI enforcement and investigations.

Mr. Root's vast law enforcement experience empowers him with a keen insight into the complexities of the cases being brought before these courts. He has earned a solid reputation for remaining neutral and conducts independent reviews of investigations conducted by law enforcement Internal Affairs Divisions. Mr. Root believes in transparency and accountability and he is willing to hold organizations accountable for their actions in the same way he applies the law to the individual.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Police Practices and Procedures
  • Self Defense
  • Police Training Standards
  • Police Use of Force
  • Individual Use of Force / Personal Safety
  • Deadly Force
  • Excessive Force
  • Canine Applications
  • O.C. Aerosol Sprays
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Arrest, Control, and Restraint
  • Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW)
  • Firearms
  • Handcuffing
  • Police Investigations
  • Officer Involved Shooting
  • Impact Weapons
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE
    Principal Toxicologist
    5208 Avenue H
    Austin TX 78751
    USA
    phone: 512-280-5477 / Cell: 512-663-7836
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    Thomas Dydek, PhD, DABT, PE, specializes in the evaluation of the potential for chemical exposures to affect human health and welfare. He is a Board-Certified Toxicologist (Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology, D.A.B.T.) with a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. He also did a post-doctoral fellowship in Toxicology and is a Licensed Professional Engineer, specializing in the area of environmental engineering.

    Dr. Dydek is a toxicology expert in evaluating the potential human health effects associated with exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos, benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, metals, oil and gas fracking chemicals, pesticides, petroleum products, silica, solvents, toxic gases, and many other chemicals in the environment and in occupational settings. He also evaluates exposures to microbial agents such as mold and bacteria.

    Dr. Dydek has training and experience in preparing evaluating the health effects of industrial and environmental chemical exposures and tobacco smoking, conducting state of the art toxicological reviews for alternative fuels registrations and other projects, preparing product safety evaluations, and doing chemical exposure assessments.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Dydek has provided expert witness services in more than 250 toxic tort cases and regulatory agency Public Hearings. He has given 50 depositions, and testified at trial 10 times over the past 20 years. His work in these cases has included the evaluation of the health risks of chemical exposures and exposures to microbial agents. These exposures have occurred in the community, in occupational settings, and in other indoor environments.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Organic Chemicals and Solvents
    • Toxic Gases
    • Pesticides
    • Metals / Inorganic Chemicals
  • Petroleum Products
  • Oil & Gas Fracking Emissions
  • Health Effects of Implanted Medical Devices
  • Product Safety Evaluation
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    Harry C. McCann
    6504 S. Central Ave.
    Sea Isle City NJ 08243
    USA
    phone: 215-460-0398
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    Harry C. McCann, MPA, is recognized as an expert in Policy, Procedure, and Training by the Federal Courts in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Northern District of Georgia and has provided consultation services to law firms, police departments, correctional institutions, and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Georgia and Delaware in the areas of the use of force, in custody death claims, special response teams, arrest procedures, Tasers, training and legal issues.

    Background Experience - Throughout his law enforcement career, Mr. McCann has been responsible for the writing and implementation of policy and procedure relating to the Use of Force, Emergency Procedures, Prison Rape Elimination Act, Special Response Team protocols, Staff Training Lesson Plans and Development, Patrol Procedures, and Legal Issues. As the prior Director of Law Enforcement / Police Training in Bucks County (PA), the fourth largest county in Pennsylvania, he has been responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementation training programs to approximately 800 police officers representing 42 police departments.

    Litigation Support - With 37 years of law enforcement expertise in the federal, state and county level, Harry McCann offers a unique perspective of knowledge and expertise in all facets of training, policy, procedure, and case review. He has provided either expert testimony or reports to clients in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland, Georgia and Delaware.

    Mr. McCann has continually demonstrated his ability to evaluate the issues and present himself in a clear, concise, thorough, and professional manner. His preparation has been acknowledged among his peers and has been honed by 35 years of college teaching and staff development instruction. He offers guidance and expert reports in matters dealing with:
    • Correctional / Police Practices and Procedures
    • Police, Correctional, Court Document Interpretation
    • Use of Force
    • Training Issues and Standards
    • DUI Checkpoint Operations
    • Wrongful Imprisonment and False Arrest
    • Emergency Procedures
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    Captain Kenneth M. Sanders
    Rodessa LA 71069
    USA
    phone: 318-584-9954
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    Capt. Kenneth M. Sanders has over 30 years of experience in the field of Law Enforcement. The last 15 years, Capt. Sanders served as the Director of one of the largest Police Academies in Louisiana, training approximately 10,000 people per year. Upon retirement, he was the Senior Master Instructor for the state, and responsible for all curriculum development and all instructor development for the entire state.

    Internal Auditor / Assessor / Consultant: At the request of law enforcement agencies, jails, and prisons, Capt. Sanders conducts internal assessments for compliance with applicable law, policy, and standards. He also writes and edits new lesson plans, revises existing lesson plans, and works within state agencies as the final editor of legal training for law enforcement academies and officers.

    Litigation Support - A Subject Matter Expert, Capt. Sanders has provided expert witness services to private law firms, law firms retained by law enforcement agencies and officers, the FBI, the US Attorney, and the Department of Justice. Representing both plaintiff and defendant, he has been used for Grand Jury Investigations, written opinions, oral opinions, and courtroom testimony. 

    Capt. Sanders has been retained in US District Court for cases related to Traditional Law Enforcement, Jails, and Correctional Facilities. Areas of Expertise:

    • Use of Force
    • Deliberate Indifference
    • Wrongful Death
    • Law Enforcement Procedures
    • Jail and Correctional Procedures
    • Law Enforcement Training
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    Robert J. Coventry, Jr., CPP, CHS (III)
    National & International Services
    1930 S. Brea Canyon Rd., Suite 220
    Diamond Bar CA 91765
    USA
    phone: 909-396-9999 (Office) 310-429-8182 (Cell)
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    Robert J. Coventry, Jr., CPP, CHS (III), has over 25 years of experience in the Security, Protection, and investigations field. He has been the Chief Operations Officer, (COO) of Starside Security and Investigation, Inc. (Starside) since 1991.

    Mr. Coventry is Board Certified in Security Management and a Certified Protection Professional, (CPP) with the American Society for Industrial Security, International. He is a Licensed Private Investigator, holds a Private Patrol Operator License in Arizona and California, and is a Private Investigator Security Manager in Florida. He is also a California Registered Locksmith.

    Starside, under Mr. Coventry, has provided Armed and Unarmed Detention Security Officers and Transportation Officers for numerous Governmental agencies and provides security for the financial, entertainment and other commercial industries. He has nationwide and international security consultant experience in Durban South Africa prior to the World Cup, and numerous times in Mexico, France, United Kingdom, Canada, and the Cayman Islands. He has provided executive protection as well as armed and unarmed uniformed security and patrol services in both the public and private sectors.

    Recognized for his expertise, Mr. Coventry sits on Advisory Boards for California State University, Fullerton's Private Investigation and Security Program and Grossmont College Adult Corrections Academy.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Coventry has been serving as a Security / Use of Force expert witness throughout his career. His services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include consulting, investigations, case Review, arbitration, and testimony.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Bank Security
    • Bars / Lounges / Night Clubs
    • Deadly / Excessive Force
    • Hospital Security
    • Inadequate / Negligent Security
  • Private Investigators
  • Security Guards
  • Security Management
  • Special Event Security
  • Workplace Violence
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    Roy G. Taylor
    P.O. Box 266
    Newberry SC 29108
    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)
    • Lt. Colonel – 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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    Emanuel Kapelsohn, JD
    President
    1636 N. Cedar Crest Blvd., #320
    Allentown PA 18104
    USA
    phone: 610-360-7053
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    Emanuel Kapelsohn is an internationally recognized Firearms Training and Use of Force consultant who has instructed thousands of police and security officers, federal agents and others throughout the U.S. and abroad since 1980. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, he is a practicing attorney in addition to his consulting work. A vice president of the Internat’l Assoc. of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, he is a certified in force science and shooting scene reconstruction, and as an instructor in numerous law enforcement disciplines. He is a featured presenter at national and international instructor conferences. Mr. Kapelsohn has authored over 130 published articles, is Associate Editor of "Standards & Practices Guide for Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors," and principal author of "Firearms Training Standards for Law Enforcement Personnel," and "Guidelines for Simulation Training Safety." He testifies as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in state and federal courts nationwide, and has testified by invitation before both houses of Congress. Testimony on the Following Subjects:

    • Gun Accidents
    • Firearms Safety
    • Gun Handling Procedures
    • Gun Storage
    • Firearms Design
    • Operability
    • Trajectories
    • Velocities
    • Ballistics
    • Ejection Patterns - Ricochets
    • Proximity Testing
    • Gunshot Evidence
    • Bullet Wounds
    • Reconstruction of Shooting Scenes
    • Bullet Penetration
    • Shooting Range Safety
    • Hunting Accidents
    • Holsters and other Shooting Products
    • Self Defense
    • Knives and other Weapons
    • Involuntary Muscular Contraction and Accidental Discharge
    • Police and Security Firearms Training
    • Tactics and Procedures
    • Use of Force

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    Emanuel Kapelsohn (Principal Author)
    This manual is designed to address and hopefully reduce, the tragic incidents of officer deaths in recent years which have occurred in role-playing and force-on-force training exercises. These are the most authoritative source of guidance available on simulation training safety.
    Emanuel Kapelsohn
    A guide to help every Police Agency set up and maintain a firearms program with suggestions on training and standards officers should be able to obtain.
    Emanuel Kapelsohn (Assoc. Ed.)
    This book is a must for any firearms program. As an outline of relevant knowledge for law enforcement firearms instructors, this Reference Guide is more than just a glossary of terms; besides a guide to nomenclature, it is an index to professional standards and practices, whose dissemination is at the heart of IALEFI's mission. It has three complementary functions, combining features of a glossary or dictionary, an encyclopedia, and a handbook.
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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 40 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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