Michael Pearl, CPP Police Practices & Premises Security Expert

Michael Pearl, Police Practices & Premises Security Expert

Michael Pearl is a premises security and police practices expert with over 20 years of professional experience. His security casework examines physical security, policies and procedures, and the actions of security personnel. Mike's police practices casework focuses on the actions of police departments and individual officers as they pertain to use of force, pursuits, and other incidents where the actions of law enforcement are the subject of a dispute.

Mike retired as a lieutenant from the Concord Police Department following two decades of diverse service. Over a period of twenty years, Mike was involved in patrol, undercover narcotics, the detective bureau, and the training and services bureau, where he was responsible for officer training throughout the agency. For over seven years he served as the SWAT commander of a 50-officer regional team. As lieutenant, Mike had oversight of the entire police department and responsibility for internal investigations. He handled tactical and logistical security plans for dignitary visits and large scale events, and oversaw all field force operations.

Throughout much of his law enforcement career, Mike provided security assessments and training to public organizations, institutions, municipal facilities, and private businesses. Motivated by that experience, Mike formed his own security consultancy, where he worked directly with private businesses including multi-residential properties to conduct security audits and collaborate on the development of protocols and response plans.

Michael earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and is a graduate of the Roger Williams University Command Training-First Line Supervisor Course.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.


2021 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of civil and criminal litigation pertaining to police practices along with duties and responsibilities of police officers and supervisory staff. Expertise also includes critical incident planning and execution, police training requirements, premise security and standards that include:

  • Emergency management
  • Use of force
  • Dignitary protection
  • Crowd control and special events
  • Internal investigations
  • Employment background investigations
  • Swat operations/supervision
  • Policy and procedure development
  • Criminal investigations and crime scenes
  • Vehicle accident investigations
  • Undercover and narcotics unit operations
  • Police leadership and supervision
  • Treatment of prisoners
  • Response, planning and training for active shooter incidents
  • Emergency vehicle operation and police pursuits
  • Training of law enforcement officers

Premises security expertise related to areas of event safety and security; identification and mitigation of physical hazards; security assessments and crime foreseeability; active shooter training and measures; active and passive security measures; access control; security personnel; use of force; workplace violence, background screening; critical incident response and training; emergency planning and operations at sites including:

  • Retail facilities and shopping malls
  • Restaurants, clubs and bars
  • Housing complexes
  • Parking lots and garages
  • Lodging and convention center facilities
  • Commercial and office buildings
  • Outdoor/indoor events and public gatherings
  • Government buildings
  • Schools
  • Utility companies
  • Hospital and Nursing Home Facilities

North Branch Construction

Safety Director

2020 to 2021
  • Maintained OSHA standards at all project sites
  • Conducted safety training and research PPE trends
  • OSHA 30 certification
  • Accident investigations
  • Established COVID-19 protocols

First Line Defense, LLC


2016 to 2020
  • Interactive workplace violence presentations
  • Conducted physical security assessments of property
  • Developed policies, procedures and protocol
  • Established business COOP plans
  • Orchestrated realistic training to exercise plan
  • Consulted with employee hiring, discipline and termination

Central New Hampshire Special Operations Unit Commander

2007 to 2019
Commander 2012-2019

Led a 50 person regional SWAT team covering 1500 square miles within 20 membership communities. Responsible for selection and training of SWAT personnel and the planning of high risk incidents

Team Leader 2010-2012
Responsible for oversight of 7-10 officers during SWAT operations

Operator 2007-2010
Responded to critical incidents including hostage and barricaded individuals at the direction of the Commander

City of Concord, Concord Police Department

2000 to 2020
Lieutenant-Day Shift Commander 2014-2020

Held position of Senior Patrol Watch Commander, supervised patrol officers, patrol sergeants, civilian dispatchers, and records personnel.

  • Reviewed and evaluated use of force, pursuits, and officer complaints
  • Conducted internal investigations
  • Directed group towards achievement of department goals
  • Oversight of overall daily police operations
  • Implemented run, hide, fight training for all district schools
  • Formulated directed patrols for business/apartment complexes
  • Frequent presenter at local businesses for crime prevention

Sergeant-Criminal Investigations and Youth Services Division 2013-2014
Supervised both the criminal investigations and youth services divisions.

  • Assignment of all investigations to appropriate detective and bureau
  • Oversaw 14 detectives including Computer Crimes Division/SROs
  • Responsible for internal investigations
  • Initiated all juvenile detectives to obtain forensic interview training
  • Established cross training between both divisions for knowledge depth
  • Responsible for crime scene preservation and evidence collection

Sergeant-Training and Services Division 2011-2013
Handled all training and equipment aspects for agency

  • Field Training Officer Program Commander
  • Oversaw records division, community resource unit and traffic unit
  • Developed mandatory training schedule for entire department
  • Secured funding for law enforcement equipment
  • Conducted the testing and evaluation of new equipment, firearms, and clothing
  • Conducted new hire onboarding with testing and training

Sergeant-Patrol Division 2008-2011
Midnight shift supervisor-responsible for 12 officers

  • Tasked with yearly officer evaluations
  • Championed training and promotional opportunities
  • Conducted police officer incident training
  • Adjusted goals tailored to midnight operations
  • Oversight of DWI enforcement

Detective-Drug Enforcement Unit (Undercover) 2005-2008
Purchased illicit drugs and investigation of vice crimes

  • Partnered with federal agencies including ATF, DEA and FBI
  • Conducted interviews and interrogations
  • Spearheaded 20 prostitution arrests within city
  • Compilation of hundreds of search and arrest warrants
  • Acquired video recording device for case evidence

SWAT Operator-Concord Police Tactical Apprehension Team 2002-2007
Specialized training and deployment for high risks incidents

  • Responsible for equipment inventory
  • Tasked with developing operational plans
  • Mentored new operators placed on team
  • Main entry team assignment

Police Officer-Patrol Division 2000-2005
Assigned primarily to Heights Division for patrol functions

  • Enforcement of criminal and motor vehicle laws
  • District, superior, federal courts and grand jury testimony
  • Active community policing involvement
  • Extensive criminal investigations as patrol officer
  • Honor guard member
  • Crime watch discussions with apartment complex residents

Pilgrim Insurance Company

Special Investigation Unit Investigator (SIU)

1998 to 2000
  • Responsible for investigations on all fraudulent claims
  • Referral to Mass Insurance Fraud Bureau (IFB) for criminal prosecution
  • Fifty percent client base of taxi services and liveries
  • Conducted hundreds of recorded interviews of claimants
  • Participated in several examinations under oath (EUOs)
  • Active member in New England Association of Insurance Fraud Investigators (NEAIFI)

Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Field Investigator

1995 to 1998
  • Handled all insured at fault crash investigations
  • Determined liability with both involved parties
  • Set reserves for bodily injury and property damage cases
  • Authority to settle cases and obtain release
  • Negotiated settlements with claimant attorneys
  • Trained incoming field investigators
  • Utilized accident recon experts for low impact analysis/recon issues

American Drug/OSCO Drug

Loss Prevention Agent

1994 to 1995
  • Responsible for apprehension of shoplifters
  • Conducted employee theft investigations
  • Handled monies for all cash drawers and lottery


Assistant Manager Loss Prevention

1992 to 1994

Supervised loss prevention personnel

  • Coordinated schedules for appropriate store coverage
  • Conducted evaluations and training for subordinates
  • Monitored CCTV and transaction history 1988 to Massachusetts Army National Guard, Newburyport

Massachusetts Army National Guard, Newburyport, MA

Sergeant-E5 Section Sgt.

1988 to 1994
  • Enlisted delayed entry program as junior in high school
  • Attended basic training and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO
  • Job title-Combat Engineer 12C MOS
  • Boat Commander for Ribbon Bridge Assembly
  • Honor graduate from Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC)
  • Honorable discharge after six years of service

Professional Credentials

Certified Protection Professional


B.S. Criminal Justice/Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA

Continuing Education

  • Disrupting the Extremist, Blue Line Security Consulting, 2018
  • Crowd Management/Control Strategies for Command Staff, Modern Tactical Services, 2015
  • Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, NH Department of Safety Division of Fire Standards and Training, 2013
  • Pandemic Planning and Preparedness, Center of Domestic Preparedness, 2012
  • SWAT Team Commander, LEAD Consultants, 2012
  • Field Force Operations, Center of Domestic Preparedness, 2012
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, New Mexico Tech, 2012
  • Creating Your Risk Management Program, FEMA, 2012
  • Introduction to Exercises, FEMA, 2012
  • Operational Value of Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Assessment Training, (OpValTRVA), FEMA, 2011
  • Improvised Explosive Device Counterterrorism Workshop, FEMA, 2011
  • Introduction to Incident Command System ICS-100, FEMA, 2011
  • ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident ICS-200, FEMA, 2011
  • ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents for Operational First Responders, New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission, 2011
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), FEMA, 2011
  • ICS 400 Advanced ICS for Command and General Staff Complex Incidents and MACS for Operational, New Hampshire Fire Standards and Training Commission/National Fire Academy, 2011
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) IS-700.A, FEMA, 2011
  • NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS), IS-701.A FEMA, 2011
  • NIMS Public Information Systems, IS-702.A, FEMA, 2011
  • NIMS Resource Management, IS-703.A, FEMA, 2011
  • National Response Framework, IS-800.B, FEMA, 2010
  • Introduction to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), FEMA, 2010
  • SWAT Team Leader, LEAD Consultants, 2010
  • Field Training and Evaluation Program-Coordinator Seminar, Roger Williams University, 2010
  • Critical Infrastructure Key Resource Asset Protection Technical Assistance Program (CAPTAP), Department of Homeland Security, 2010
  • Command Training: First Line Supervisor Course, Roger Williams University, 2008
  • Leadership/Team Building for Law Enforcement, TEAM Training Associates, 2007
  • Methamphetamine Investigation Management, Bureau of Justice, 2006
  • DEA Basic Narcotics Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, 2006
  • Hostage Rescue Techniques, LEAD Consultants, 2005 MP-5/Colt M-4 Basic Operators Course, Concord Police Department, 2004
  • Interview and Interrogations, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2005
  • Commercial Vehicle Crash Recon, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2003
  • SWAT II: Advanced Tactical and Hostage Rescue, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2003
  • Motorcycle Safety Accident Investigations Course, Joseph DiGregorio, 2003
  • Inspection and investigation of Commercial Vehicle Crashes, IPTM, 2003
  • Latent Recovery Techniques, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2003
  • SWAT I: Basic Tactical Operations and High-Risk Warrant Service, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2002
  • Advanced Traffic Crash Investigations, IPTM, 2002
  • At Scene Traffic Crash Investigation, IPTM, 2002
  • Technical Crash Investigation, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2002
  • Field Training Officer, New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2001
  • Street Survival 2001-The Tactical Edge Seminar, Calibre Press, Inc, 2001
  • Seminar for the Field Training Officer, IPTM, 2001
  • Full Time Police Officer Academy, State of New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2000
  • Gaze Nystagmus/DWI, State of New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council, 2000
  • Fraud Claim Law Specialist, American Educational Institute, Inc, 1998

Professional Memberships

  • International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • ASIS International

Speaking Engagements

  • Associated Grocers of New England (AGNE) Trade Show Conference “Active Shooter/Workplace Aggressor,” August 2019
  • Concord Hospital Impact of Trauma-Trauma Conference 2017
  • “EMS in the Warm Zone: Rescue Task Force,” June 2017
  • Manchester New Hampshire Human Resources Association (MAHRA) “Active Shooter Awareness,” September 2016
  • Oil Heat Council of New Hampshire General Membership Meeting “Keeping you and your employees safe in the workplace and on the road,” December 2016

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