David T Sweeney

Mr. David T Sweeney

DT Sweeney Consulting, LLC
4616 25th Ave. NE Suite #156
Seattle, WA 98105
Mobile: 206-883-6238
Office: 206-883-6238

My name is David T. Sweeney. I am a Police Policy and Procedure expert and a retired 35-year veteran police leader with Seattle Police and Oregon State University PD. I have decades of experience supervising a large number of police officers and supervisors. I am currently employed as adjunct faculty in the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University. I enjoy assisting with expert reviews of policing best practices for a variety of legal standards for police departments. As an expert witness, I have been pleased to work with both plaintiff and defense attorneys. I will give you an honest assessment of your case, so that I can provide the best reports and helpful testimony. I have experience with 35 total cases: 13 for the defense and 22 for the plaintiff.

Litigation Support - My goal is to improve best practices in policing by offering expert witness and police consultation services. I am also a trained mediator specializing in workplace conflicts. I provide honest, unbiased opinions. I will be happy to review and discuss your case. I will point out strengths and weaknesses of the case, and we can work on next steps, whether it be further case review, expert report, deposition, or trial testimony. I have spent 21 years as a sergeant and lieutenant, responsible for training and reviewing topics such as police pursuits, use of force, police tactics, de-escalation, police supervision, less lethal weapons, active shooter, SWAT, crowd control, legal standards, EEO, Human Resources, U.S. 1983 cases, and more.

Areas of Expertise:

Police Policy and Procedure; Police Pursuits / Collisions; Use of Force Analysis; Less Lethal Weapons; Emergency Vehicle Operator's Course (EVOC); Early Intervention; Legal Standards for Police; De-escalation; EEO; Human Resources; SWAT, Training; Internal Investigations; Operations; Performance Reviews; FTO; 1983 Litigation.

Areas of Expertise
  • 1983 Litigation
  • Alcohol, Drug & DUI Testing
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Crowd Control
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Procedures
  • Security Management
  • Wrongful Death

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Oregon State University - Master of Public Policy.
University of Washington - B.A., Law Societies and Justice.
Northwestern School of Police Staffing and Command - Certificate.
Shoreline Community College - A.A. Police Science.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Adjunct Faculty - Northwestern University
International Association of Chiefs of Police
National Tactical Officer's Association
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: I train others in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Performance Reviews for Employees, Early Intervention for Police Officers, Early Intervention for Police Supervisors, Effective Supervision of Police Personnel, Tactical De-Escalation, Care Under Fire, Integrated Tactics and Use of Force, Active Shooter/Rapid-Intervention, Crisis Intervention Training, Post-Academy Training for New Officers, Taser Instructor, CPR Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, & Legal Standards for Police.
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: 35
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Police pursuits, use of force, police legal standards, firearms, wrongful death, EEO, security, police pursuits and law enforcement best practices.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 63%.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 37%.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Seven.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2023.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: One.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Two.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: Eight.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, Case Review, Reports, Depositions, Testimony, Opinions, site inspections.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Minimum of 4 hours, $2,000 fee. $550/hr. after the first 4 hours.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Daily rate of $2500 plus expenses. This fee is negotiable, depending on location and services requested.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expense fees to be negotiated.


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