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 Expert  726584

Expert in Police and Jail Procedures and Practices; Use of Force in Patrol and in the Jail


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California (CA)
USA
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With a lifetime of service in the public sector encompassing patrol, jail/custody, and investigatory procedures, Expert Lichten is now a police and jail procedures consultant for attorneys, public agencies, and the media. He has been accepted as an expert to testify in United States District Courts and in the State of California Superior Courts in:

• Use of force • Use of the TASER • Police practices • Emergency Vehicle Operations • Sexual assault investigations • Use of private security guards • Prison inmate culture: - jail-made weapons - gang vs. non-gang attacks on staff

and has authored numerous Rule 26 reports for cases in federal court.

He served as a Lieutenant for various Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stations as well as correctional facilities throughout Los Angeles County, and commanded many large-scale operations during major natural disasters such as wildfires and earthquakes. Other functions included Sergeant (supervising 200+ deputies per shift), Narcotics Investigator, Detective, Patrol Deputy, and Training Officer. He was consistently commended for his professionalism, his outstanding performance, and his dedicated service to the community.

He has provided training in the proper handling of various public interactions such as high-risk incidents, tactical command science in tense situations, use of force, proper patrol procedures, emergency skills preparedness and training, officer safety, incident report writing, California penal codes, police ethics, and supervision and leadership skills for newly promoted sergeants and lieutenants.

In his career Mr. Lichten has conducted over 1,800 use of force investigations concerning sheriff deputies and has investigated more than 1,000 various complaints from other deputy personnel and private citizens—including inmates—concerning allegations of deputy misconduct. Mr. Lichten commanded and investigated numerous high speed pursuits. Mr. Lichten was a participating member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Pursuit Evaluation Committee. As a patrol watch commander, Mr. Lichten commanded numerous high-risk barricaded suspect operations as well as deploying K9s after dangerous suspects.

As a command officer in various divisions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Mr. Lichten ensured that all staff followed proper protocol and procedures concerning high-risk incidents, officer involved shootings, vehicle pursuits, etc. In a custody environment, Mr. Lichten commanded responses to over 100 major inmate disturbances/riots within large correctional facilities (up to 4,000 inmates), dealing with barricaded inmates, forced cell removals, hostage situations, medical emergencies, fires, evacuations, earthquakes, and jail suicide prevention. As a lieutenant he lectured at the Sheriff's academy on the POST certified topic of Crimes Against Persons. As a sergeant he attended the POST Career Integrity and Police Ethics facilitator trainer course on police ethics, and held over twenty ethics workshops for deputy personnel. As a narcotics investigator, Mr. Lichten testified over 100 times as a narcotics expert in over a dozen courts throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County.

Mr. Lichten frequently provides media entities with information and perspective concerning law enforcement policies and procedures. He has also assisted public agencies with opinion, recommendations, and assistance in regard to training manuals, and has written numerous emergency procedures, evacuation plans, response plans, and operations plans. Mr. Lichten has lectured to the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office and to the Riverside Public Defender's Office about police use of force issues.

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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
2004   Assoc of Science   Admin of Justice   College of the Canyons  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2008 to

 

Expert's Firm

 

Consultant

 

Lt. Lichten (Retired) is a consultant/expert witness to law firms and the media on law enforcement matters

1978 to 2008

 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept

 

Lieutenant

 

As a patrol and jail watch commander, Lieutenant Lichten has successfully taught criminal law, narcotics, officer safety, patrol procedures and tactics, and as a certified law enforcement ethics instructor, taught numerous ethics classes to patrol personnel. Was a department designated mentor to young deputy sheriffs. Performed numerous skills training for emergencies; repetition of drills needed to accustom staff to any and all emergent situations. Has instructed deputies and sergeants from everything to the law to report writing to safety tactics. Trained newly promoted sergeants in leadership, supervision skills, and the tactical science of commanding high risk field incidents and jail disturbances/riots. Lectured to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Custody Incident Command School and to the American Jail Association in various other states on commanding responses to jail disturbances/riots and to cases of violent barricaded jail inmates. Successfully coached subordinates to pass promotional exams. Lieutenant Lichten has conducted over 1,800 uses of force investigations, over 1,000 personnel/citizen/inmate complaint investigations, and commanded over 17 high risk vehicle pursuits. He is an experienced on-scene senior officer commanding responses to over 100 major inmate disturbances/riots within a large, violent jail (4000+ inmates), as well as commanding high risk patrol incidents. Expert has detective and narcotics investigation experience. Has decades of experience supervising up to 200 deputies per shift. Has years of practice managing command post operations and in emergency preparedness such as in planning for earthquakes and terrorism events, etc.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

• Professional Peace Officer's Association (PPOA) • Association of Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS) • International Police Association (IPA) • National Tactical Officer's Association

Awards/Recognition

MAJOR AWARDS • Outstanding Service to Community from the City of Santa Clarita for actions taken during a shootout with a sniper in a residential neighborhood, 1993. • Meritorious Service Award from Sheriff Sherman Block for actions taken in providing emergency preparedness procedures for the City of Santa Clarita, 1994. • Outstanding Service to Community from the City of Santa Clarita for actions taken during the Northridge earthquake, 1994. • Sheriff's Commendation for actions taken during the North County Correctional Facility jail major inmate disturbance (riot) involving over 2000 inmates, 2006. • Sheriff's Commendation and Fire Department Commendation for actions taken in overseeing command post operations during the 2007 massive Los Angeles wildfires. • Recipient of more than 100 other formal or written commendations

Medical/Professional Internships

Los Angeles County paramedic 2006


Publications:

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1978 to 2008   Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept   Lieutenant   For years Lieutenant Lichten has successfully taught criminal law, narcotics, officer safety, patrol procedures and tactics, and as a certified law enforcement ethics instructor, taught numerous ethics classes to patrol personnel. Was a department designated mentor to young deputy sheriffs. Performed numerous skills training for emergencies; repetition of drills needed to accustom staff to any and all emergent situations. Has instructed deputies and sergeants from everything to the law to report writing to safety tactics. Trained newly promoted sergeants in leadership, supervision skills, and the tactical science of commanding high risk field incidents and jail disturbances/riots. Lectured to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Custody Incident Command School and to the American Jail Association in various other states on commanding responses to jail disturbances/riots and to cases of violent barricaded jail inmates. Successfully coached subordinates to pass promotional exams. Lieutenant Lichten has conducted over 1,800 uses of force investigations, over 1,000 personnel/citizen/inmate complaint investigations, and commanded over 17 high risk vehicle pursuits. He is an experienced on-scene senior officer commanding responses to over 100 major inmate disturbances/riots within a large, violent jail (4000+ inmates), as well as commanding high risk patrol incidents. Expert has detective and narcotics investigation experience. Has decades of experience supervising up to 200 deputies per shift. Has years of practice managing command post operations and in emergency preparedness such as in planning for earthquakes and terrorism events, etc. Based on Lt. Lichten's experience, training, and knowledge, he is well suited to consult and render opinions in police and jail matters.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Mr. Lichten can provide a full an up to date list of all of his cases upon request.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
A complete list of all of Mr. Lichten's cases as well as a complete list of all of his testimony is available.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

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Additional Skills and Services:
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A complete list is available on his CV.

Other Skills and Services

Ability to train law enforcement and jail personnel. Also, In 2007, Expert joined Envioservices, Inc. (Environmental, health and safety consulting company) as an emergency planning specialist. In addition to consulting on emergency planning concerns, he also conducts Department of Homeland Security Vulnerability Assessment and Site Security Plans. Expert has experience lecturing private business and community groups about earthquake preparedness. Lieutenant Lichten is a current team member of the Disaster Response Cadre for Dewberry which is a nationally known disaster response and mitigation, and engineering company based out of Virginia.


 

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