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: 41

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


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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; use-of-force; crime prevention; foreseeability; security policies and procedures. DETECTION CANINE OPERATIONS: deployment; training. INVESTIGATIONS: internal investigations and employee misconduct; due diligence, stalking, and threat assessment; targeted violence mitigation and violence risk management; surveillance; personal injury; fraud. Mr. Canaan has conducted security assessments throughout North America, and in several Central and South American countries for individuals and corporations in manufacturing, corporate and educational campuses, estates, and at large venue events. In June 1997, the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) 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 41 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; Narcotics Detector Dog Handler; certified instructor in related disciplines and maintains active membership in numerous professional associations.