Tod Schneider Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

School Safety and Building Inspection

Specialty Focus:

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), Personal Safety, Premises Liability, K-12 Schools, Shelters, Residential Facilities, Apartment buildings, Government buildings, Social Services, Parks, Research and writing.


M.S., Journalism, University of Oregon; B.S. Community Service and Public Affairs, University of Oregon

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Additional Information

I worked for 28 years as a Eugene, Oregon Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist, and an overlapping 24 years as a school safety consultant, emphasizing positive school culture and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). I’ve conducted over 120 public school inspections nationwide, including schools in Tennessee, Colorado, Florida and Oregon that had recently experienced shootings. My services were provided under the auspices of the Eugene Police Department, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, as an independent consultant (Safe School Design LLC), and as an Adjunct Analyst with Safe Havens International (SHI). I continue to inspect schools with SHI nationwide. An additional career thread over the years, from 1973 to the present, included a variety of positions ranging from crisis counselor to agency director in various social service agencies. Recent projects have included a one-year special assignment with the City Manager’s Office as a Veterans Homelessness Analyst, (successfully advocating for and housing 404 veterans in 2015) and a stint during the Covid pandemic as an interim agency director for Community Supported Shelters, an innovative homeless shelter program, from 2020 to 2022. I have extensive formal research and writing experience, including as the senior author of Safe School Design (2000), as a contributing chapter author for Extreme Violence; Understanding and Protecting People From Active Assailants, Hate Crimes and Terrorist Attacks (2021), and as the author of dozens of articles over the two decades in between, primarily addressing school safety concerns.