Mr. Robert A. Gardner, CPP

Santa Paula, CA / Sacramento, CA
Las Vegas, NV / Scottsdale, AZ
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Phone: CA-South: 805-659-4294 / CA-North: 916-668-6026 / NV: 702-733-8711 / AZ: 480-347-0211

"Expert Professional Not Professional Expert" - I am a Board Certified security professional with multi-state security consultant, private patrol and private investigator "Qualified Manager" licenses. My background includes more than 40 years of training and "hands on" experience in evaluating, developing, and managing security and crime prevention programs. For 25 of those years I served as both a private sector security consultant and a public sector Peace Officer. I am a former corporate security manager, police crime prevention specialist, detective supervisor, police training manager, internal affairs sergeant, and Firearm Instructor/Rangemaster.

I have qualified and testified as a security expert in United States District Court and various California, Nevada, and South Dakota State Courts. I have provided deposition testimony, expert reports, and written declarations in various California, Nevada, Arizona, and U.S. District Court proceedings.

If you are seeking an expert to advise and educate you honestly and objectively - for better or worse - regarding the merits of your case, I can help. I am not a "professional expert witness" but rather, a working security professional with impeccable credentials to support my opinions and the communications skills to explain them clearly and concisely to judges and juries. The diversity and depth of my training and experience gives me a unique and original perspective on security issues. My clients often find that I can offer them insight, theories, and arguments that they had not previously considered. I will provide you with the best possible assistance in evaluating, preparing, and presenting your case.

Serving California, Nevada and Arizona exclusively from offices in Santa Paula, CA (Main Office); Sacramento, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Scottsdale, AZ

Expertise

Issue:

Detention, Arrest and Use of Force by Security Officers, Bouncers, Bodyguards and Non-Security Personnel

Qualifications:

» Extensive Law Enforcement and Private Security training and experience with regard to legal and tactical considerations affecting detentions and arrests by Private Security Personnel
» Extensive Law Enforcement and Private Security training and experience with regard to Use of Force in detention and arrest situations by Private Security Personnel
» Court Qualification as a expert in Detention, Arrest and Use of Force by Private Security Personnel
» Author: "Citizen's Arrest (Private Person's Arrest)" in Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention - An Encyclopedic Reference

Issue:

Conduct, Operational Policies, Standards & Procedures, Licensing Requirements and Unlicensed Practices involving Private Patrol Companies, Contract and In-House Security Officers, Bouncers, Retail Loss Prevention Agents, Bodyguards, Private Investigators, Security Consultants, Security Expert Witnesses, and other security related personnel

Qualifications:

» Industry Certified as a Certified Security Professional
» Forty years of experience in the Security and Investigation Industry
» Certification Auditor for the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards, and Associates - "Certified Security Services Provider Program"
» Ethics & Regulatory Compliance Committee Member - California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards, and Associates
» Unlicensed Practices Committee Member - California Association of Licensed Investigators
» Active Member - International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators
» Security Officer Quality Assurance Representative for security agency providing guard services to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
» Qualified Manager for a security agency providing guard services for the U.S. Government's NASA/Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex
» Professional Certification Committee member - ASIS International, Santa Barbara Chapter
» Professional Certification Committee member - California Association of Licensed Investigators
» Licensed Private Investigator in California, Nevada, and Arizona
» Licensed Private Patrol "Qualified Manager" in California and Nevada
» Nevada Licensed Security Consultant
» Retail Loss Prevention Agent and Manager; Retail Corporation Headquarters and Warehousing Security Supervisor
» Police Supervisor enforcing Alcoholic Beverage Control laws in bars, restaurants and other liquor sales establishments
» Active involvement with regard to Regulatory Issues and Professional Standards in several professional security and investigation organizations
» Certified Firearms Instructor; Baton and Chemical Weapons training and experience

Issue:

Premises Security Adequacy & Negligence, Building & Site Design for Security, Security and Crime Prevention Standards and Practices in Casinos, Nightclubs/Bars, Multi-Housing, Lodging, Parking and Special Use Facilities, Security Related Employment Practices, Crime Foreseeability, Security of sensitive personal and business records

Qualifications:

» Board Certified in Security Management as a Certified Protection Professional
» Nationally recognized expert on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
» Training and experience in the development and implementation of Security and Crime Prevention Programs
» Training and experience in the Assessment and Recognition of Security and Crime risks
» Training and experience in Physical Security planning and management
» Law Enforcement Crime Prevention Unit Supervisor
» Experience as a Police Officer and Detective Sergeant investigating crimes against property and persons
» Author of numerous articles and manuals on Security and Crime Prevention subjects
» Certified Crime Free Multi-Housing Instructor

Issue:

Standards and Practices relating to Workplace Violence, Employee Screening and Supervision, and Violent Third-Party Crime Incidents

Qualifications:

» Training and experience in Workplace Violence Prevention
» Training and experience in Violent Crime Prevention
» Training and experience with regard to Employee Screening and Employment Investigations
» Training and experience with regard to Assault and Robbery Prevention
» Experience as a Police Crime Prevention Specialist and Private Sector Security Consultant providing Workplace Violence Prevention education
» Experience as a Police Officer and Detective Sergeant investigating Workplace Violence and Violent Stranger-On-Stranger Crime
» Author on the subject of Workplace Violence Prevention

Issue:

Firearm use, training, safety, self-defense

Qualifications:

» California State Certified Firearm Instructor (POST, BSIS & DOJ)
» Police Firearm Trainer and Rangemaster
» Private Security Firearm Trainer

Issue:

Small Airport and General Aviation Security, Theft and Vandalism of Aircraft and Avionics, Protection of Airport Property, Employees, Tenants, and Guests

Qualifications:

» Experience conducting numerous small airport security assessments under a grant from a prominent aviation foundation
» Author or the "Rural and Small Town Airport Security Manual" developed under a grant from a prominent aviation foundation
» Contributing author to the National Air Transportation Association's - "General Aviation Security Guide"
» Training and experience in Security and Crime Prevention in Special Use Facilities
» Training in Aircraft Security for Executive Protection
» Licensed Pilot

Issue:

If you have a security or crime related issue that I haven't already addressed, perhaps I can still help. In some instance my training and experience may enable me to provide the assistance you require. If not, through my network of security associations and contacts with individual security practitioners I may be able to assist in identifying the right expert for your needs.

Qualifications:

» Extensive training and experience as a Security and Crime Prevention Professional
» Membership in a variety of security and investigation associations.

I am in full compliance with all applicable licensing laws in every state in which I do business.

Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: "Board Certified In Security Management"
Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
Certified Security Professional (CSP)
California Private Investigator License #6477
California Private Patrol Operator License #10770
California Private Security Officer License #1827979
Nevada Security Consultant/PI License # 852
Nevada Private Patrol License # 852A
Arizona Private Investigator License # 1003680
CA/NV/AZ Concealed Weapon Authorization
California Advanced & Supervisory Peace Officer Certification
Crime Free Multi-Housing Instructor
Risk Assessment Methodology Certification
California Lifetime Teaching Credential
Police Firearms Instructor Certification
California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services - Firearm Instructor
California Department of Justice Handgun Safety Instructor

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: American Society for Industrial Security
International Association of Security and Investigative Regulators
Nevada Society of Professional Investigators
California Association of Licensed Investigators
California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards & Associates
International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners
California Crime Prevention Officers Association
International CPTED Association
Forensic Expert Witness Association
Professional Investigators of California

Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: California Teaching Credential. Numerous presentations over a 40+ year period to community groups, professional organizations, corporations, and educational institutions on subjects including: security management, burglary and robbery prevention, business security, community crime prevention, crime prevention through environmental design, apartment security, office security, emergency planning and management, workplace violence, risk assessment, professional development, security officer conduct, personal and home security, and other security and law enforcement topics. Periodic guest appearances on various TV and radio shows. Over 10 years experience as a Police Public Information Officer.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.

Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 275+

Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Security standards and practices, crime prevention theory, crime foreseeability, workplace violence, security adequacy, building and site security design, night club security and "bouncer" conduct, security officer conduct, casino security, parking lot security, retail security, airport security, more...

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Approximately Fifty Percent (50%)

Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Approximately Fifty Percent (50%)

Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 70+

Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: March 2015

Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Twenty (20)

100% of Appearances

Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Twenty (20)

Last Trial Appearance: April 2015

Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Twenty Four (24)

Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Case evaluation, investigation, trial preparation, expert reports & testimony for matters involving:

- Guard/Bouncer/PI Negligence
- Use of Force / Detention & Arrest
- Security Industry Standards & Practices
- Premises Security Issues
- Security Adequacy Assessment
- Crime Prevention Theory
- Workplace Violence Issues
- Building & Site Design for Security
- Security Licensing Issues
- Standard of Care
- Firearm Safety Training

Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Please call for details.

Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please call for details.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please call for details.

Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please call for details.

Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Please call for details.

References

References available upon request.

Publications