DET. SGT. (RET) HOMICIDE BUREAU, METROPOLITAN DADE CO., FL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Expert Witness Categories:
Use of Force | Deadly Force | Officer Involved Shooting
David Rivers retired as a Detective Sergeant in the Homicide Bureau of the Metropolitan Dade County Police Department after over 27 years. As a lead investigator and supervisor he assisted in the investigation of several hundred homicides, suicides, accidental and other death investigations. On April 11, 1986 he supervised the crime scene portion of the investigation of the largest shootout in the history of the F.B.I. He and several of the involved agents have given presentations on this incident for 32 years as of 2018.
In 1988 David was assigned as Supervisor of the “Cold Case Squad” which was responsible for the continuing investigation of information received on over 1,800 open homicides dating back to 1951. He has consulted on cases in the United States, Canada, Holland and the United Kingdom.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters of Science degree from Florida International University, both in Criminal Justice.
David is a charter member and past board of director’s member of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association. On June 21, 2012 he received the Award for Excellence, Career Achievement in Death Investigation, Cold Case, and Homicide Training from the International Homicide Investigator’s Association at the 19th Annual Symposium, New Orleans, Louisiana.
In the fall of 2014 was hired as a consultant by CNA’s Institute for Public Research, Arlington, VA, to assist in the examination of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Police Involved Shootings over the last two decades. An evaluation tool was developed and each shooting was examined and the data entered into to tool for further evaluation.
During his career he received the Silver Medal of Valor in 1996 for biohazard exposure during the Valu-Jet crash investigation.