Mr. Donald 'Don' L. Merrell

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Mr. Donald 'Don' L. Merrell

Merrell Enterprises

P.O. Box 5426
Bend OR, 97708
US

Short Description:
CHiP - California Highway Patrol Officer (retired), Police Academy Administrator / Instructor, Private Consultant, Collision Expert Consultant
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AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Accident Reconstruction;
Speed and Speed Change Analysis
Human Perception and Reaction
Vehicle Momentum in Collision Systems
Vehicle Collision time and Distance Analysis
Lamp Analysis for On/Off

Expert Witness and Testimonial Experience


EDUCATION:

B.A./M.A., Political Science/Public Administration-- San Jose State University, San Jose, California
A.S. Criminal Justice–West Valley College, Campbell, California
Attended the University of California, Riverside for four (4) terms pursuing a doctoral degree in Applied Statistics

SPECIALIZED TRAINING:
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy - Cadet Training (900 hours)
On-the-job-training with Senior Officer - CHP (6 weeks)
Collision Report Revision and Determining Speed from Skids - CHP Academy (40 hours)
Advanced Traffic Accident Investigation - CHP Academy (40 hours)
Intermediate Traffic Accident Investigation - San Diego Law Enforcement Training Center (40 hours)
Advanced Accident Investigation - Arizona Law Enforcement Officers Advisory Council (ALEOAC) (40 hours)
Introduction to Accident Reconstruction - ALEOAC (24 hours)
Accident Reconstruction II - ALEOAC (24 hours)
Investigation of Pedestrian Accidents and Human Factors - Institute of Police Technology and Management (IPTM), University of North Florida (40 hours)
Inspection and Investigation of Commercial Vehicle Accidents - IPTM (40 hours)
Traffic Accident Reconstruction - IPTM (80 hours)
Advanced Accident Reconstruction With the Use of Microcomputers - IPTM (40 hours)
Investigation of Motorcycle Accidents - IPTM (40 hours)
Forensic Animation of Traffic Crashes - IPTM (40 hours)
Tire Forensics for the Accident Investigator - IPTM (24 hours)
Biomechanics of Injury from Traffic Collisions - National Institute of Forensic Studies (18 hours)
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Collision Reconstruction - Forensics Accident Reconstructionists of Oregon, (FARO), (23 hours)
Crash Data Retrieval (CDR) System Operator - Collision Safety Institute, Inc. (CSI), (16 hours)


TEACHING/TRAINING EXPERIENCE:

Riverside City College
- Traffic Control and Regulation and Courtroom Testifying

Southern California Basic Peace Officer Academy
- Traffic Accident Investigation including scene documentation, hit and run investigation, skid-mark
- analysis, and determining speed from skid-marks.

Riverside County Academy of Justice
- Traffic Safety and Defensive Driving

Field Training Officer
- Santa Maria Police Department and California Highway Patrol


PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

2001-Present - Long Beach, California
Accident Reconstructionist
Perform automobile accident reconstruction, investigations and analysis

1993-Present
Legal Investigator and Collision Consultant
Provide a full range of investigative services and related expert testimony

1987-1993 OREGON PAROLE AND PROBATION
1996-1997 Parole/Probation Officer
Supervise and provide services for caseload of parolees and probationers

1988-1989 GRANT COUNTY (OREGON) JUSTICE COURT
Justice of the Peace, Pro Tem
Conduct regular business of the Court in the absence of the permanent Justice of the Peace

1973-1986 RIVERSIDE (CALIFORNIA) CITY COLLEGE
Associate Professor, Administration of Justice
Taught criminal justice subjects to college students and police academy trainees.
Served as administrator for two (2) years

1965-1973 CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
State Traffic Officer
Enforcement of traffic law with concentration on laws regulating safe operation of motor vehicles, investigate and reconstruct traffic accidents

1960-1965 SANTA MARIA (CALIFORNIA) POLICE DEPARTMENT
Patrolman
Investigate and reconstruct major injury, fatal, hit and run traffic collisions and testify in Court

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators
American Society of Professional Investigators
National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction Specialists
Forensic Accident Reconstructionists of Oregon
California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists
International Network of Collision Reconstructionists

NATIONAL MEDIA:

Television appearance;
“The Perfect Cop”, CBS 60 Minutes, January and June 1985

PUBLICATIONS:

“Peace Officer Expectations of Retirement Programs”, Journal of California Law Enforcement,
July, 1973

Co-authored “Open Enrollment, Boon or Bust”, Journal of California Law Enforcement, January 1979

Co-authored course material utilized in teach all facets of traffic law enforcement and accident
investigation in California police academies.
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