Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC Expert Witness
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General Specialties: Security and Premises Liability

Specialty Focus: Premises Liability, Security, Training, Inadequate Supervision, Use of Force, Venue, Negligence, Foreseeability, Inadequate Investigation, Due Diligence, Employment Screening, Background, Surveillance, Privacy, Investigations, Executive Protection, Narcotic Canine, Canine Workplace Violence, alarm

Education: BA - Criminal Justice, Washington State University

Years in Practice: 37


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Michael J. Canaan, CPP CFLC provides forensic expert services in three areas: SECURITY: premises liability; inadequate security; negligent hiring and retention; inadequate supervision and training; excessive use-of-force; crime prevention, foreseeability; security policies and procedures. DETECTION CANINE OPERATIONS: deployment; training. INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations; employee misconduct; due diligence; stalking; threat analysis; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; surveillance; covert video; personal injury; fraud. I have conducted security risk and threat assessments throughout the North, Central and South America for individuals and corporations in educational settings, manufacturing, corporate campuses, estates, and large venue events. In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) awarded me the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP). This Board Certification in Security Management highlights 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 me 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. I have over 40 years’ experience in law enforcement; corporate loss prevention, security and investigations; canine operations; 27 years as President of Trident Investigative Service, Inc.; recently retired Washington State Certified Police Officer/Narcotics Detector Dog Handler. I am a certified instructor in related disciplines and maintain active membership in numerous professional associations.