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Law Enforcement Standard Of Care Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Domestic Violence , Sexual Assault , Homicide, Child Abuse (Physical and Sexual) , Fraud and Embezzlement , Police Misconduct , Stalking Inappropriate Pursuit , Police Internal Affairs Investigations, Financial Crimes, Threat Assessment and Management , Psychological Testing , Child Custody Police Policy and Procedure , Employee Misconduct , Mental Illness Police Failure to Protect , Sexual Harassment , Police Use of Force, Vehicle Pursuit Policy and Practice , Traffic Collision Investigations , Law Enforcement Training, Law Enforcement Hiring Policy & Practice, Police Report Writing , Officer Involved Shootings, Police Pre-Employment Investigations, Police Pattern and Practice , False Arrest, Police Negligence and Failure to Supervise, Fitness for Duty , Hostile Work Environments, Police Administration , Police Press Information , Hostage Negotiations, Mass Shooting , Active Shooters , Interview and Interrogation, School & Workplace, Shooting & Violence, Domestic Terrorism, Sexual Abuse, Teacher SexualAbuse, Violence Prediction and Prevention


Consulting (2015-current) President Behavioral Services

  • Risk Assessment for Family Law Court, using investigators and mental health professionals
  • Collaborative approach proves or disproves allegations
  • Domestic Violence and Child abuse Experts
  • Evidence Based reports
  • Assessment reports used in family law, criminal and civil courts.

Evidence-Based, Incorporated (Previously Borders, McLaughlin& Associated) Irvine, CA. (2004-2015) Vice-President Behavioral Services / President

  • Media Relations
  • Press Releases
  • Liaison to Public Relations Firm
  • Manage Company Operations
  • Risk Assessments for Family Law Court, using investigators and mental health professionals
  • Collaborative approach proves or disproves allegations
  • Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Experts Evidence Based reports accepted under EC730
  • Assessment reports used in criminal courts

Palm Springs Police Department, Palm Springs, Ca (1982-2004) Police Officer/Detective

  • Media Relations
  • TV Show Co-Host- Law Enforcement Community Relations 1997-2003 w/Time Warner Cablevision
  • Media TV spots regarding news and guest appearances
  • Working Patrol/Responding to calls for service
  • Assisting the public in crisis situations
  • Writing police reports, investigating crimes in the field, arresting suspects, writing citations
  • Detective unit- Fraud, Property Crimes, CAP’s, Homicide, DV Investigating police reports written by officers, completing the follow up work to make an arrest or submit the report to the District Attorney’s Office for an arrest warrant or search warrant. Follow the report through to completion or close the case.
  • Started the domestic violence unit in 1996
  • Co-chair the domestic violence task force 1997-2002
  • Work with other agencies or departments to assist in our investigations or to coordinate victim needs (ie: Parole, Probation, CPS, Victim/Witness, Shelter from the Storm, etc.)
  • Compensated for speaking Spanish


  • Arizona Private Investigator
  • California Private Investigator


  • Domestic Violence Expert for Riverside County District Attorney’s Office
  • Board Member for Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • Justice Task Force Member-Saddleback Church
  • Member of Gavin de Becker’s Threat Assessment Practitioner Group
  • IVAT Committee Member for Yearly Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (2010-current)


  • Risk Assessment and the Court, LA Law Journal (January 2010)
  • Orange County Domestic Violence Examiner, on the internet (2009-current)
  • Risk Assessment and the Courts- Women in Crime Ink – (April 2009)
  • Domestic Violence Information Booklet / Resource Guide for Victims (2001)
  • 911 Magazine Article on Domestic Violence – (September/ October 2000)


  • Domestic Violence/Child Abuse (5/86)
  • Advanced Officer Course, Domestic Violence/Child Abuse (5/90)
  • On the Job Training w/ San Diego PD, Domestic Violence Unit (9/96)
  • DV, Tomorrow’s Solutions Today (10/96)
  • Community Policing to Combat Domestic Violence (6/97)
  • 7th Annual District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Conference (10/97)
  • In Touch With Teens (1/98)
  • Preventing Violence through Community Policing (3/98)
  • Domestic Violence Update (10/98)
  • Major Assault Crimes Invest. (DV, Stalking, Sexual Assault) w/ Honors (12/98)
  • Stalking Investigations (3/99)
  • Stop Family Violence (10/99)
  • 10th Annual District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Conference (10/00)
  • Workplace Violence (4/01)
  • Crisis Negotiations for Domestic Violence (7/02)
  • Advanced Threat Assessment and Management, Arrowhead (11/02)
  • End 6 Violence against Women, DV Conference (2/04)
  • International Conference on Sexual Assault, DV and Stalking (10/05)
  • Child Custody Evaluation Studies (2/06)
  • Domestic Violence: Trends New and Old
  • 38th Annual Family Law Symposium (LA County Bar)
  • 28th Annual Child Custody Colloquium (9/06)
  • Advanced Issues in Child Custody Cases
  • Dimensions of Domestic Violence (9/06)
  • 29th Annual Child Custody Colloquium (9/07)
  • Family Law Update (Beverly Hills Bar Association) (12/07)
  • Violence in Children Workshop (2/08)
  • 30th Annual Child Custody Colloquium (9/08)
  • Stalking Update (5/09)
  • The Changing Sex Offender: Critical Issues, San Diego (6/09)
  • 19th Annual Assoc. of Threat Assessment Professionals Conference, (8/09)
  • IVAT update, San Diego (9/09)
  • MDT Response to Child Sexual Abuse Investigations, Rialto (4/2010)
  • NCADV Conference, Anaheim (8/2010)
  • Sex Offenders and Paraphilia’s, Irvine (10/10)
  • Child Custody Evaluator Update, San Diego (9/11)
  • Child Custody Evaluator DV Update, San Diego (9/11)
  • Child Abuse: Is It Normal Typical and Atypical Sexual Behavior in Children
  • Child Abuse: Understanding Dynamics of Child Sexual Abuse (6/2012)
  • Threat Assessment- A Victim Centered Approach, San Diego (9/12)
  • Child Custody Evaluator Update, San Diego (9/12)
  • Child Custody Evaluator DV Update, San Diego (9/12)
  • Metallization Program for Preventing/Reducing Intimate Partner Violence
  • Trauma Informed MDT Investigations and Responses, CATTA (6/13)
  • IVAT Conference, San Diego (9/13)
  • IVAT – DV update (9/13)
  • IVAT- Child Custody Evaluator update (9/13)
  • Desert Bar Association, Minor’s Counsel/Update (10/13)
  • IVAT Conference, San Diego (9/14)
  • School and Campus Security (2015)
  • Threat Assessment Update (2015)
  • IVAT Conference, San Diego (8/15)
  • The Mentally Ill Student (2016)
  • IVAT Conference, San Diego (8/16)
  • Domestic Violence and Protective Orders, Phoenix (12/16)
  • IVAT Conference (La Jolla) (9/ 2017)


  • Crimes Against Persons Detective Unit for Palm Springs PD
  • Domestic Violence Detective/Expert-Palm Springs PD
  • Domestic Violence Educational Television Special (Media One)
  • (Hosted, Scripted and Assisted w/ Directing and Technical Direction)
  • 8 Hour P.O.S.T. Training for DV Specialists Working Patrol (PSPD)
  • 2 Hour P.O.S.T. Department Mandatory DV Update Training (PSPD)
  • On-Going Department Training Updates via Briefing and Memos (Case Law, Policy/Procedures, DV Information, Answer Questions)
  • Domestic Violence Information Booklet/Resource Guide for Victims
  • DV Training for Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
  • DV Training for Other PSPD units (Reserves, Explorers, Citizen’s on Patrol, Citizen’s Police Academy, etc.)
  • Peer Support Training- PSPD- D.V.- Law Enforcement as Suspect(s) and/or Victim(s) (Sept/Oct. 06)
  • Public Speaking Engagements- Reference Domestic Violence (Rotary, Soroptimist, Lions, TV Interviews and Shows, Churches)
  • Co-Chairperson for the Coachella Valley Domestic Violence Task Force 1997-2002
  • TAC TEAM Hostage Negotiator 2001-2004
  • Published 911 Magazine Article on Domestic Violence- September/October 2000


  • 2012 Lindsey v City of Fontana Domestic Violence-Entry- Search
  • 2010 Inglewood Police Department Officer Involved Shootings
  • 2009 Milan v. City of Carson Train related death
  • 2009 City of Desert Hot Springs
  • Domestic Violence by City Employee 2009 Benedict v. City of Seal Beach
  • Medical Marijuana
  • 2009 Wicks v. City of Inglewood
  • Excessive force – Officer involved shooting 2009 Brown v. City of Inglewood
  • Excessive force – Officer involved shooting 2009 Inglewood School District
  • Threat of domestic violence made by police officer 2009 Avalos v. City of Colton, California
  • Allegation of improper search warrant and excessive force.
  • 2008 Inglewood Unified School District
  • Domestic violence threat by school staff member 2008 Inglewood Unified School District
  • Internal Affairs investigations 2007 Eisenhower Medical Center
  • Domestic violence incident 2006 Soriano v. City of Banning
  • Review of a claim of excessive force.
  • 2006 Negrette v. City of Banning
  • False arrest and improper investigation.
  • 2005 Benavente v. City of Bell Gardens Review of an officer involved shooting.
  • 2005 Cardiff Transportation Workplace violence threat.
  • 2005 City of Palm Springs
  • Threat of Violence to City Employees 2004 Wilson v. City of Palm Springs
  • Unlawful arrest claim
  • 2004 Lanca v. City of Palm Springs Excessive force claim
  • 2004 Orozco v. City of Bell Gardens
  • Use of force, improper investigation and unlawful search claim 2003 Palm Springs Police
  • Officer involved sexual abuse involving juvenile Explorer 2003 Jackson v. City of Inglewood
  • Excessive force
  • 2003 Adelanto Police Department
  • Off-Duty Officer involved rape


  • Contra Costa County – Family Law Court (2010)
  • Riverside County – Family Law Court (2003 through Present) FC3111 & FC3118 – Court Appointed Custody Evaluator 2010-2016


  • Police Department- Award of Valor (1988 and 1994)
  • Crafton Hills Law Enforcement of the Year 1988
  • Who’s Who of American Women from 1995-2007
  • Outstanding Community Service Program- Domestic Violence Program (11/97)
  • Shelter from the Strom- On Going Support of Abused Women and Children (5/01)
  • Women Helping Women, Domestic Violence Issues, Soroptimist Award (2001-2002)

Available on full CV


  • Argosy University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Chapman University
  • University of Southern California


  • Doctoral Studies, Forensic Psychology
  • Chicago School of Psychology, September 2011-2013
  • Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology Pepperdine University, 2009, Cum Laude
  • Bachelors of Science in Business Management University of Redlands, 1992, Deans List
  • Associates of Science in Administration of Justice College of the Desert, 1985.


  • Spanish Speaking- Second Language


  • I enjoy reading, conducting research, spending time with my family, and walking my dog “Bella”.