Behavioral Analysis, Threat Assessment, Violent Crime, Premises Liability Expert Witness
The majority of his career was spent in the enforcement of violent crime related to homicide, sexual assault, stalking, threat assessment and management in the Behavioral Science Unit as a certified criminal profiler.
Mr. LaRosa investigated police involved shootings and assisted local law enforcement with solving difficult violent crime cases. He is very comfortable on the stand and has testified numerous times in General Sessions Court as well as at local, state and Federal trials.
Mr. LaRosa is a consultant and expert witness for Eagle where he delivers consultation, investigations support, litigation support and subject matter expertise including strategy and testimony in the areas of Behavioral Analysis to include Threat Assessment, Deterrability and Foreseeability; Premises Liability; Negligent Security; Reasonableness of Security; Workplace Violence (WPV) to include Concerning Communications, Threatening Employees, and Difficult Terminations; Police Practices including Wrongful Convictions; Crime Scene Reconstruction and Violent Crime.
Litigation Support Services
We recommend obtaining legal counsel prior to retaining expert services. CV available upon request. Please contact Eagle at 540-314-0731 to set up a complimentary consultation call or to request our fee schedule.
Areas of Expertise
Reasonableness of Security; Foreseeability and Deterrability Issues; Difficult Terminations; Threatening Employees; Concerning Communications; Violent Crime; Mass Shootings; School Shooting; Police Involved Shooting; Homicide; Stalking; Sexual Homicide; Violence Risk Assessment; Crime Scene Analysis; Reconstruction Processing; Police Practices; and Wrongful Conviction Matters.
Mr. LaRosa's career with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) spanned 28 years and included extensive investigative, operational, leadership and training experience in various roles throughout the Division. He began his career with the Crime Scene Unit where he responded throughout the State of South Carolina processing and reconstructing crime scenes to aid both in the investigative and prosecutorial portions of the case. As a member of SLED's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, he assisted in numerous incidents as the team leader of the perimeter team and negotiated with subjects in critical situations and successfully deescalated the crisis resulting in peaceful resolutions. While a member of the Midlands Investigative Unit, which conducts professional investigations for the purpose of solving crime and promoting public order, Mr. LaRosa investigated public corruption, police involved shootings and assisted local law enforcement with solving difficult violent crime cases. The majority of his career was spent in the enforcement of violent crime related to homicide, sexual assault, stalking, threat assessment and management in the Behavioral Science Unit as a certified criminal profiler. During his understudy training for certification as a criminal profiler, Mr. LaRosa, received specialized training throughout the United States in homicide, sexually motivated crime, stalking, violent risk assessment, threat assessment/threat management, blackmail, employee termination, inappropriate communications and statement analysis. He completed his training by working in house with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). During his time with the FBI BAU, he consulted on numerous national cases. Once certified by the Association of Law Enforcement Profilers (ALEP) and the International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF), he worked hundreds of cases specific to his expertise in all areas of behavioral science. Mr. LaRosa has also trained numerous understudies from other agencies throughout the United States and Canada. He was promoted in 2018 to Lieutenant Supervisor of SLED's BSU. While a member of the BSU, he was a key contributor to the School Based Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management: Best Practices Guide for South Carolina K-12 Schools and has extensive experience in assisting both government agencies and private sector groups in establishing independent Threat Assessment Group Teams (TAG). Mr. LaRosa has provided expert testimony in US District Court, South Carolina Circuit Court and South Carolina Probate Court in the areas of violent crime and threat assessment/threat management.
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2022 to Present Consultant and Expert Witness for Eagle Security Group, Fredericksburg, VA
Serves as a consultant and expert witness for Eagle where he delivers consultation, investigations support, litigation support and subject matter expertise including strategy and testimony in the areas of Behavioral Analysis to include Threat Assessment, Deterrability and Foreseeability; Premises Liability; Negligent Security; Reasonableness of Security; Workplace Violence (WPV) to include Concerning Communications, Threatening Employees, and Difficult Terminations; Police Practices including Wrongful Convictions; Crime Scene Reconstruction and Violent Crime.
2010-2022 Lieutenant/Supervisor and Senior Special Agent (SSA) at SLED's Behavioral Science Unit (BSU)
Managed and supervised the day-to-day operations of SLED's Behavioral Science Unit to include all assigned case work produced by the unit. Created training programs provided by the BSU to local law enforcement, state and local governments and public/private schools that concentrated in the areas of threat recognition, foreseeability and deterrability of offender actions. Coordinated case consultations with local law enforcement on difficult violent crime cases utilizing structured professional judgement based upon training, research and extensive case experience.
Conducted investigations involving threat/assessment, workplace violence, harassment, stalking, inappropriate communications, assault, sexually motivated crimes, equivocal death investigations, suicide, and homicide to include complex, high-profile and/or bizarre cases. Responded statewide to assist local agencies throughout the state and guide cases to compilation. Analyzed overall investigations and directed them using industry standards for best practices to avoid organizational traps and overcome investigative errors.
Lead Agent on cases that required interviews of violent offenders to determine motive and ritualistic behavior. Utilized well-developed interview strategies to illicit vital information, obtain confessions from subjects or obtain new investigative leads. Provided in-depth criminal investigative analysis (colloquially known as criminal profiling) and guided prosecutorial strategies for federal, state and local law enforcement entities.
Provided detailed examinations of inappropriate communications and targeted violence. Reviewed target locations, examined intended targets victimology, and conducted detailed assessments of offender background. Utilized established sources such as the “Pathway to Violence” model to ascertain the offender's progression towards an act of targeted violence.
Trained civilian state and county employees on threat recognition and developed internal threat assessment teams in these organizations to manage difficult customers and employees. Provided guidance on the foreseeability and deterrability of offender behavior for a safe environment.
Instructed law enforcement officers throughout South Carolina on aspects of violent crime to include homicide and sexual assault of both adult and child victims. Introduced basic criminal investigative analysis methods as part of training to expand law enforcement officers' skill set to utilize a behavior-based approach to processing the violent crime scene, conducting interviews of subjects and witnesses, researching victimology and re-examining cold cases. Special emphasis of the training was avoiding investigative failures and pitfalls of organizational traps.
Provided training to understudy members of the ICIAF as part of the certification process to become a certified criminal profiler. As point person during this training, was responsible for instructing the understudy on all aspects of criminal investigative analysis. The understudies were both law enforcement officers throughout the United States and Canada. Performed duties as a board reviewer for the final testing and certification process for new Fellows of the ICIAF.
Received training in homicide, violent assaults, sexual assault, and threat assessment/management. Performed the duties as a lead case agent upon request by local law enforcement from crime scene to court adjudication and guided case to completion in the criminal justice system. Coordinated complex case response with local, state, and federal partners. Utilized appropriate resources throughout the judicial system on juvenile offenders and those that required mental health resources.
• Certified Crime Scene Investigator (International Association for Identification) 1999
• Certified Criminal Profiler (Association of Law Enforcement Profilers) 2012
• Emergency Medical Technician (National Registry) 2002-2010
• Full Fellow, International Criminal Investigative Analysis Fellowship (ICIAF) 2018
• Licensed Mediator (Columbia College, SC) 2001
Legal Experience & Services
As a Special Agent assigned to the SLED Crime Scene Unit and as lead agent, testified on numerous occasions in South Carolina General Sessions Court as an expert witness in multiple forensic disciplines; Testified as an expert witness in federal and state court in threat assessment/threat management, crime scene reconstruction and criminal investigative analysis.
Seminars & Training
2014 - Present Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC
Provide training to law enforcement professionals in criminal profiling and processing the violent crime scene. Training includes case studies and scenario based forensic processing and profiling of crime scenes. Course work is accepted by the State of North Carolina as accreditation hours for law enforcement certification.
School-Based Behavioral Threat Assessment & Management: Best Practices Guide for South Carolina K-12 Schools
Key committee member and contributor to the guide, which provides a multidisciplinary approach to public schools throughout South Carolina in addressing the rise of school-based mass shootings. The purpose of the guide was to provide steps that needed to be taken from recognizing threats, determining the type of threat and then establishing intervention plans for long term safety of all involved. Provided insight on the pathway to violence and management of potentially dangerous individuals. Assisted in developing teams in each school that would establish best practices when dealing with a potential threat to students, faculty and staff.
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Please see Mr. LaRosa's CV for full list of education including seminars and training.