Mar 2008 - Present
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College of the Canyons
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Richard Lichten amassed 30 years of experience with Southern California law enforcement agencies before becoming a private consultant on police procedures and jail management in 2008. Starting out as a paramedic for Los Angeles County from 1976 to 1978, Richard Lichten subsequently attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. After completing his training, Mr. Lichten served as a Patrol Deputy Training Officer detailed to the Carson station, the West Hollywood station, the Los Angeles men’s central jail, and the Santa Clarita station.
Promoted to Detective in 1986, he worked as a narcotics investigator for almost 3 years, testifying as an expert in more than 100 trials in the Los Angeles and Ventura County court systems. Richard Lichten received his promotion to Sergeant in 1989. His tours of duty during this period saw him assigned to the North County Correctional Facility from 1989 to 1992, and the Santa Clarita Valley station for the next four years. Mr. Lichten often supervised more than 200 deputies on a shift. He attended training on police ethics facilitation, and thereafter organized more than 20 workshops to train Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in law enforcement ethics issues. The Sheriff promoted him to the grade of Lieutenant in 1996. Over the next 12 years, Mr. Lichten managed operations at the Lancaster Station and the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic.
Over the course of his public and private careers, Richard Lichten has investigated more than 1,800 cases of use of force by deputies, as well as 1,000 other complaints concerning possible misconduct. He headed numerous probes of high-speed pursuit incidents, and served on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Pursuit Evaluation Committee. With regard to jails and prisons, he commanded the department’s response to more than 100 major inmate uprisings, in facilities that held up to 4,000 prisoners. Mr. Lichten also qualifies as an expert in the use of Tasers, sexual assault investigation, and the use of private security guards. For more information, see PoliceAndJailProcedures.com.