Forensic Expert Witness Profile


Michael Canaan


Trident Investigative Service, Inc.
PO Box 5909
Kent, WA 98064

Phone: 253-852-7000


  • FORENSIC SECURITY EXPERT in premises liability, investigations, and detection canine operations
  • Conducted security assessments throughout North, Central, and South America
  • Board Certified Protection Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security
  • Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant by the Forensic Expert Witness Association
  • Over 45 years' experience. Certified instructor in related disciplines
  • Law enforcement, corporate security, investigations, protective services, and detection canine operations
  • Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice
  • Trial experience as a testifying and consulting expert



Mr. Canaan is board certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security, International. The Certified Protection Professional credential is regarded as the preeminent security professional certification.

He is also a board certified by the Forensic Expert Witness Association as a Certified Forensic Litigation Consultant. Mr. Canaan offers expert opinion and testifies in security premises liability and negligence cases in both Federal and State Courts.

Mr. Canaan has provided investigative and security consulting services throughout North and South America, and has been a significant contributor to corporate risk assessment projects.

Mr. Canaan is a retired police officer with extensive experience in interagency, interdependency, and interoperability issues involving state and Federal jurisdictions. He is certified in numerous areas by the Federal Emergency Management Administration in the National Incident Management System, Incident Command System.

Mr. Canaan served honorably in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer providing physical security for Helicopter Marine Squadron-One (HMX-1), the Presidential helicopter mission; Military Working Dog Handler; and Military Police Watch Commander for the Third Marine Division.

In addition to ASIS and FEWA mentioned above, Mr. Canaan maintains membership in the following professional investigative and security associations:

• Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
• Pacific Northwest Network of Forensic Expert Witnesses
• Northwest Association of Fraud Investigators
• Pacific Northwest Association of Investigators
• National Council of Investigative and Security Services
• World Association of Detectives

Mr. Canaan maintains licensing, permits and certifications with a variety of Federal and State agencies; and certifications as a firearms and less-lethal instructor.

Curriculum vitae

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