Scott J Hilden

Mr. Scott J Hilden

SJ Hilden Consulting LLC
South Lyon, MI 48178
Office: 248-880-3521


I am a highly accomplished professional with a strong educational background. I hold a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a master's degree in liberal studies from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, I have completed the prestigious Police Staff and Command School program at Eastern Michigan University, further enhancing my expertise in law enforcement.

I am a highly experienced and skilled Chief of Police with 31 years of law enforcement experience, including 21 years in supervision and management. I am extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of law enforcement operations, including policing best practices, policy, procedures, use of force, risk mitigation, police liability, policing in schools, institutes of higher education, police training, and emergency management planning to name a few. I have a strong commitment to public safety, and I provide the highest level of service to my community. I am a highly effective leader and manager with a proven ability to motivate and inspire others. I am also a strategic thinker with a deep understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement today.

Summary of areas of expertise:
1. Law enforcement policies and procedures
2. Criminal law and procedure
3. Use of force and defensive tactics
4. Forensic science and evidence collection
5. Crime scene investigation and reconstruction
6. Police training and standards
7. Police culture and organizational behavior
8. Civil rights and constitutional law
9. De-escalation, Emergency response and crisis management
10. Community policing and engagement.
11. Police tactics and decision-making
12 Arrest and detention procedures
13. Use of firearms and less-lethal weapons
14. Management, Supervision, and Leadership
15. Accreditation and policing best practice
16. Policing in schools, K-12 as well as Institutes of Higher Education
17. Clery act and Title IX Investigations
18. Crime prevention
19. School resource officer training, duties, and responsibilities
20. Premise liability
21. Risk management and reduction
22. Police misconduct/internal investigations
23. Emergency vehicle operation/pursuits/policy/risk management

Areas of Expertise
  • Crime Foreseeability
  • Criminal Law
  • Deadly/Excessive Force
  • Emergency Communications & 911
  • Evidence Analysis & Preservation
  • Law Enforcement
  • Police Procedures
  • Police Traffic Radar
  • Security Management

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Certified Law Enforcement Officer in the state of Michigan. Masters Degree Liberal Studies, Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. I am an active Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police, current on policing issues and trends. My associations, contacts, and day-to-day work ensure that as the field of law enforcement changes, technology improves, and societal expectations shift, I remain current on all issues.
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Chiefs of Police
Police Executive Research Forum
Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
Wayne County Association of Chiefs of Police
Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police
Western Wayne County Association of Chiefs of Police
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Extensive experience in police training and instructing. I was a defensive tactics/use of force instructor and an emergency vehicle operations/pursuit driving instructor for over 12 years. I have taught hundreds of officers in these areas. I have taught at the police academy, schools, churches, businesses, and more. I am a crime prevention practitioner and an expert in nearly all areas of law enforcement operations, training, policy, and procedures.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: none
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: I am new to the field and have been retained as an expert four times in the last six months. My lack of experience in the consulting field is a non-issue as I have 32 years of law enforcement experience and the last 22 years in supervision and management.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Use of force
Police emergency vehicle operation
Policing in schools
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 75%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 25%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: One
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 15 years ago, in a wrongful termination lawsuit against my agency
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: None, however, I am a 32-year career law enforcement officer, the last 22 years as a supervisor, and the last 10 in the position of deputy chief, chief of police, and now Director of Public Safety. My qualifications are substantial.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: I have testified before an arbitrator one time. I have testified in my career a number of times in criminal and traffic cases.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: One year
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Law enforcement consulting and expert witness services.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: There is no cost for a consultation.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $295.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $395.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $3900.00 per day
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Trial preparation and travel are billed at 295.00 per hour plus expenses.


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