Michael J. Canaan, CPP, CFLC Expert Witness
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Security and Premises Liability

Specialty Focus: Premises Liability, Security, Training, Supervision, Use of Force, Bar, Night Club, Negligence, Foreseeability, Investigation, Due Diligence, Employment Screening, Background, Surveillance, Privacy, Investigations, Executive Protection, Narcotic Canine, Workplace, Violence, Alarm, Burglar, Camera

Education: BA - Criminal Justice, Washington State University

Years in Practice: 42

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 3


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Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC is a FORENSIC SECURITY PREMISES LIABILITY EXPERT. Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: SECURITY: inadequate security, supervision, and training; negligent hiring and retention; use-of-force; crime prevention; foreseeability; security policies and procedures. DETECTION CANINE: deployment; training. INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations and employee misconduct; due diligence, stalking, and threat assessment; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; surveillance; fraud. Mr. Canaan has conducted security assessments throughout North America, and in several Central and South American countries for individuals and corporations in manufacturing, distribution, food processing, corporate and educational campuses, estates, large venue events, and religious facilities. In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security awarded Mr. Canaan the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP). This Board Certification in Security Management highlights the 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, the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) designated Mr. Canaan as a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant (CFLC) after having met established eligibility criteria. The criteria require significant participation in FEWA activities and completion of educational courses in the subjects of forensic analysis, litigation consulting, and expert witnessing. Mr. Canaan has over 42 years’ experience in law enforcement, corporate loss prevention, security, and investigations. He has been President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc. since 1991. Mr. Canaan is a retired Washington State Certified Police Officer. He is a certified instructor in related disciplines and maintains active membership in numerous professional associations.