Ken Wheatley, MA, CPP Expert Witness

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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Premises Liability and Security

Specialty Focus: Security Procedures, Guard Force Management & Performance, Event Security, Use of Force, Malls, Hotels, Casinos, Apartment Buildings, Commercial Buildings, Parking, Foreseeability, Assaults, Battery, Rapes

Education: BA, Florida International University; MA (Summa Cum Laude), Webster University; Senior Executive Education, Harvard JFK School of Government; Senior Executive Education, University of Michigan School of Business

Years in Practice: 32


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Mr. Wheatley is the founder of Royal Security Group LLC, an independent security and business management consulting practice serving clients in the U.S. and internationally. He also provides expert opinions and testifies in plaintiff and defense cases involving premises liability and negligence issues in a variety of settings. Former FBI Special Agent with experience leading investigations in a variety of areas including: white collar crime, drugs, kidnapping, bank robbery, espionage, and violent criminal apprehension. Member of the Senior Advisory Group with the FBI's Domestic Security Alliance Council. Appointed by the San Diego Mayor to serve on the Community Review Board on Police Practices. Served as Team 2 Lead. Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer for Sony Electronics' global operations. He and his department investigated over 800 civil and criminal cases per year, internationally. Earned the security management certification, CPP (Certified Protection Professional), by exam and experience, and has re-certified every three years since 1997. Also earned the PPS (Personal Protection Specialist) through the Executive Protection Institute. Completed the CPTED course (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) at the University of Louisville. He is the past president of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) - the global Association of Chief Security Officers - and has served in numerous leadership roles with the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC). He served on the National Board of Directors for the Forensic Expert Witness Association and was the San Diego Chapter president. Licensed investigator.