Craig McLaren Expert Witness
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  • Company: First Response Law Enforcement Consulting Group
  • Phone: (661) 305-7618
  • Cell: (661) 305-7618
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Police Practices & Procedures and Law Enf & Criminal Justice

Specialty Focus:

Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Crowd Control, Use of Force/Excessive Force Inadequate/Negligent Security, Informants, Evidence Preservation, Chain of Custody, Sexual Assault, Drug Enforcement, Gangs, Surveillance, Vice, Prostitution, Gambling, Vehicle Pursuits, School Shootings, Workplace Violence


Basic, Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificate, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training; California Licensed Private Investigator (License # PI189147), Bureau of Security and Investigative Services ; Court Qualified and Department Certified Expert in Narcotics and Gangs.,

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

Vastly Experienced Police Expert. Over 31 years as a Los Angeles Police Officer. Expertise in General Police Procedure, Community Based Policing, Patrol Car, Bicycle, and Foot beat tactics. Worked Los Angeles Police Department C.R.A.S.H. (Gang) unit. Trained / Taught new officers for 24 years in all facets of Police work. Including Use of Force and Use of Deadly Force (Officer Involved Shootings) as well as Evidence Preservation and Chain of Custody. Worked as L.A.P.D Employee Representative involved in over 50 Divisional and Internal Affairs investigations/ interviews. Worked undercover in Narcotics Field Enforcement Section. Court qualified and department certified expert in Narcotics and Gangs. Testified in approximately 50 Preliminary Hearings and Trials. Expertise in the use of Certified Reliable Informants and Surveillance. Worked, undercover in numerous Prostitution task forces as well as Massage Parlors, Alcohol Beverage Control enforcement and Gambling locations. Attended California Gang Investigators Assoc. and U.S. Department of Treasury Bureau ATF, 30-hour, National Gang Conference (prison and street gangs training). Expert in Vehicle Pursuits, having been involved in and receiving yearly training in pursuits. As well as training new officers in Vehicle Pursuit Tactics. Extensive experience in both High and Low Risk Vehicle Stops, Detentions and Arrests. Trained in Immediate Action Rapid Deployment Tactics (School Shootings, Workplace Violence, etc.). Worked as Federal Consent Decree Coordinator for West Valley Division, ensuring compliance. Further Expertise in Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse, having personally handled over 100 Child Abuse investigations. Trained in Mobile Field Force/ Crowd Control/ Civil Unrest/ Riot Tactics as well as being involved in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. California Licensed Private Investigator (License # PI189147)