DR. PHILIP HAYDEN, a retired Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI, provides the resources of a large firm while maintaining the personalized service and cost-effectiveness of a small firm. He is a court-certified expert witness in the areas of:


  • Police Use of Force
  • Law Enforcement Tactics
  • Police Tactical Training
  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • High Risk Arrests
  • Use of Electronic Control Devices
  • Tactical Rappelling
  • Helicopter Tactical Operations 
Dr. Hayden has a background and level of expertise unlike anyone else in the Use of Force/Special Tactics expert witness arena. As a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in multiple major metropolitan areas, Dr. Hayden participated in several hundred arrests of violent criminals. Additionally, he has been certified by the FBI as an instructor in tactical concepts for law enforcement officers; defensive tactics; special weapons and tactics (SWAT); crisis management; firearms; sniper; rappelling; helicopter tactical operations; hostage negotiations; bomb investigations; and pilot-in-command for fixed-winged aircrafts.
He entered the U.S. Army as a Private in 1964 and retired on a disability as a Captain in 1968 due to wounds received while serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. Training received was Advanced Infantry and Demolitions; Non-Commissioned and Officers Candidate; and Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Jungle, and Sniper Schools. He received the Purple Heart, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Conspicuous Service Cross, Army Commendation for Valor, Bronze Star for Valor, and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Dr. Hayden also has been a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI Academy. For more than 15 years he carried out training and instruction for the Law Enforcement Training for Safety and Survival program as a tactical instructor for new agent training. He has written dozens of articles and instruction manuals for the FBI, such as How to Conduct High-Risk Arrests, and Safe Apprehension of Dangerous Criminals; and defined the FBI Deadly Force Policy for Federal Violent Crimes Task Forces for practical, on-the-street use by the task force personnel.
Dr. Hayden has testified as an expert witness and has been deposed in both criminal and civil cases. He has consulted on cases with the following:
U.S. Attorney’s Offices in New York City, NY; District of New Jersey; Washington, DC; El Paso, TX; Portland, OR; Alexandria, VA; Eastern District of Pennsylvania
State Attorney’s Offices for the cities of Lafayette, LA; Miami–Dade and Sarasota, FL; Wilmington, DE; and County Attorney’s Office for Prince Georges County, MD; City Attorney’s Office for Trumbull, CT
Defense and Plaintiff Attorneys in Richmond, VA; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Las Vegas, NV; Denver, CO; Kansas City, KS; Pasadena, TX; Birmingham, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Virginia Beach, VA; Lynchburg, VA; Virgin Islands
Swedish Defense Ministry in Stockholm, Sweden


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