Frank R. Vanecek

Frank R. Vanecek

Full Spectrum Investigations and Consulting
316 SE Pioneer Way # 178
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Office: 805-801-4094

Police Practices Expert with over 38 years of law enforcement experience at city, county, state and federal level California Private Investigator and member of the California Association of Licensed Investigators. Assignments worked included Patrol, K-9, Detectives, Narcotics/Task Force (DEA), Special Investigations and Internal Affairs, Organized Crime, Gaming, Metro Fugitive, Metro Gang, Major Crimes/Homicide, Dignitary Protection, Security Manager, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Identification and NICS Manager, Investigations in Indian Country, Officer Involved Shooting Team Coordinator, Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI), Crime Scenes.

Recent consultation and testimony in civil cases involving claims of Wrongful Arrest/Improper Interrogations/Improper Identification Procedures and False Conviction/Imprisonment involving multiple municipal and county agencies in the state of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Washington.

Adjunct Professor (Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA) since 2014 teaching Criminal Investigation, Investigative Report Writing, Legal Aspects of Evidence and Introduction to Criminal Justice. Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police, International Managers of Police Academy and College Training (IMPACT). Member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Areas of Expertise
  • Crime Scene Analysis
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Fingerprints
  • Gangs
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Procedures
  • RICO/Racketeering
  • Surveillance
  • Terrorism
  • Violent Crimes

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Certified California Private Investigator, Masters Degree - Western Governor's University; Police Staff and Command (Northwestern University). Previously California and Colorado POST certified. FEMA certifications for National Incident Management System-Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) to the Command Staff level. Previous National Security Clearance as member of FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (Colorado Western Slope). More than 125 training certifications in a broad array of law enforcement areas.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Member International Managers of Police Academies and College Training; Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA).
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Adjunct Professor at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California, 2014 to present; Principles of Investigation, Legal Aspects of Evidence, Investigative Report Writing, Introduction to Criminal Justice. Provided instruction at Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy (Colorado), Western Colorado Police and Sheriff's Association - Critical Incident Response; Colorado Welfare Investigators Association - Interview and Interrogation; National Forest Service-Critical Incident Management trainin.
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: 10+ (in addition to numerous as a government employee).
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Police Practices, Wrongful Conviction/Confinement, Due Process/ Brady Violations, Deprivation of Civil Rights, Conspiracy, Improper Identification and Interrogation, Monell Policy Claims, Homicide Investigation, Gangs, Forensics, Workplace Investigations, Police Internal Affairs.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 80%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 20%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 8-10
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 4/18/2023
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 30-40
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 30-40
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: As a private (non-government) expert since 2021.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, in-depth case analysis, reports (incl. Rule 26 FRCP), testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Free initial consultation; thereafter $300/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $300/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $300/hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $300/hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses as noted in standard retention agreement


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