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

General Specialties:

Security and Premises Liability

Specialty Focus:

Premises Liability,Security,Security Negligence,Security Training,Security Supervision,Use of Force,Bar Security,Nightclub Security,Policies Procedures,standard, duty of care,practice,Foreseeability,Investigations, Employment Screening,Background Checks,pre-employment,Surveillance,Workplace Violence


BA - Criminal Justice, Washington State University

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Michael J. Canaan is a FORENSIC SECURITY PREMISES LIABILITY EXPERT with over forty years of professional security, investigative, military, and law enforcement experience. I am Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security and a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant by the Forensic Expert Witness Association. My background and training have allowed me to become familiar with professional security industry standards and best practices. I honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, supporting the Presidential Helicopter Mission aboard Marine One. I also served as a Military Police Watch Commander, K9 Handler, Kennel Master, and Trainer. My Bachelor of Science Degree is in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. I am a current or former instructor in security and law enforcement disciplines to include handgun, shotgun, patrol rifle, scope precision rifle, TASER, defensive sprays, handcuffing, baton, as well as, security and safety practices, policies, and procedures. My expert WORK typically involves evaluating failure to meet security industry best practices and standard of care involving hiring, training, supervision, policies and procedures, staffing, deployment, use of force, and physical security systems. Assignments have taken me from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska, across North America, and to countries in Central and South America. Assessments and evaluations have been conducted in educational settings, corporate campuses, manufacturing and processing, estate residences, assisted living, apartments, hotels, warehousing, large venues, casinos, nightclubs, sports bars, vessels, retail environments including malls and shopping centers. Review of negligent security cases ranged from voyeurism, improper installation of security systems, inadequate security, excessive force, unlawful imprisonment, harassment, stalking, threats, assaults, rape, robbery, vessel piracy, shootings, and homicide.