Greg Meyer

Use of Force Expert

Greg Meyer retired in 2006 as a captain with the Los Angeles Police Department after 30 years of police service. His final assignment was as captain of the Los Angeles Police Academy. He chaired both the LAPD’s Use of Force Best Practices Work Group and the Tactics Training Review Committee.

Since 1989, he has been engaged as a police tactics and procedures expert in numerous use-of-force and other police procedures cases. While most of his work is for the defense of officers and agencies, he has also been engaged by plaintiffs and prosecutors (federal and local). He has been an expert witness in numerous high-profile cases including Rodney King, Oscar Grant (the Oakland BART murder case), and George Floyd. He has been engaged in more than 400 civil and criminal cases as well as conducting outside independent reviews of use of force cases for a federal prosecutor and several district attorneys and police chiefs.

From 2015-2017, he was the designated Law Enforcement and Policing Practices Subject Matter Expert for the US Department of Homeland Security–Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, to conduct independent investigations and/or reviews of selected public complaints and use of force incidents, and to assist with policy changes for the Border Patrol, ICE, and other DHS components.

Greg specializes in risk management issues including policy, training, equipment, tactics, supervision, investigation, documentation, review processes, and law as it applies to police officers, with a focus on injury reduction during lethal and nonlethal encounters. Widely published, he lectures on these subjects. His master’s thesis, “Nonlethal Weapons vs. Conventional Police Tactics: The Los Angeles Police Department Experience” was published in 1991.

He helped redesign California POST’s 40-hour investigation course for officer-involved shootings and arrest related deaths, and he was an instructor at the course. He authored the “tactical lessons learned” for each chapter of retired Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley’s series of books about the murders of dozens of peace officers in Los Angeles County. He holds the Certified Force Analyst credential of the Force Science Institute and qualified for the Certified Litigation Specialist credential of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE). He is a member of AELE’s Faculty Advisory Committee and AELE’s Monthly Law Journal review panel.

Greg has more than 43 years of experience with TASER devices. He conducted LAPD’s research and testing of TASERs in 1979-1980. He used TASERs on the street when he was a sergeant. He trained and certified hundreds of TASER instructors around the country. Since 2001, he attended four TASER instructor certification courses. He has personally experienced the TASER effects several times. The “Greg Meyer TASER Collection” is archived at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

He is a life member of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF); a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the California Force Instructors Association (CALFIA). He was a member of the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Research Center from 2006-2014. He is past vice chairman of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET).

Greg chaired the Training Seminars Committee of the Peace Officers Association of Los Angeles County (POALAC) for ten years, and he continues to produce seminars on use of force, video issues, active shooters, and other topics for POALAC. He has served as a member of the POALAC board of directors since 2004, and he was honored to receive POALAC’s Career Achievement Award in 2012.

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