Michael Brasfield

In addition to his prior law enforcement management career, Michael Brasfield has been active as a consultant and expert in public safety and police procedures, policy development, evaluation and training since 1986.  He specializes in police issues.  His clients have included federal, state, and municipal governments, private non-profit foundations, corporations, educational institutions, and attorneys.

He served as the Chief of Police for the Fort Lauderdale, Florida Police Department for 6 years.  Prior to that he served for 26 years with the Seattle Police Department through the ranks - from police officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, and then retired as an assistant chief.  Mr. Brasfield was elected as Sheriff of Jefferson County, Washington in 2003.  He was overwhelmingly re-elected to that position by an 80% majority in the November 2006 general election.  Mr. Brasfield retired from active law enforcement in 2009.

He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Washington, D.C.

Over the last 40 years Mr. Brasfield has received extensive, specialized professional training in nearly all areas of law enforcement.  There has been particular emphasis in the areas of the use of force, training, internal investigations, and police liability.

Mr. Brasfield has held a gubernatorial appointment to the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission, and is the past chair of the state Board on Law Enforcement Training, Standards, and Education.  He also served as an advisor to the Peninsula College Criminal Justice Program, and was the Vice-President of the Washington State Sheriffs' Association.  He has regularly served as either a member and/or chair of Washington State law enforcement certification revocation boards.

Past memberships include the Police Executive Research Forum, National Sheriffs' Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and Washington State Sheriffs' Association. In addition, he was awarded “life member” status with both the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and with the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs. He is also a past associate member of the American Bar Association.

  • Litigation Support, Discovery, Statements and Interviews
  • Criminal Case Review
  • Expert Witness
  • Pre-Trial Case Review
  • Preparation of Opinion Reports
  • Affidavits and Depositions
  • Rebuttal Declarations
  • Court Testimony

He conducted hundreds of due process hearings for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission related to Petitions to Revoke Police Officer's State Certification.

Michael's Curriculum Vitae Page


Task and project specific references available upon request.  I have numerous professional references within the governmental, legal, and police professional arenas.  References will be tailored to your areas of interest.  Please contact me with your specific requests.

My professional career is well documented and you may make independent inquiries of elected officials, civil and criminal defense attorneys and prosecutors, professional organizations, local news outlets.


Rates are based on individual circumstances and needs of the client.  Contact me for an initial discussion of your particular project.  I will discuss the general circumstances of the case or project in the strictest confidence, and/or my experience and qualifications at no charge.  If I am unable to be of assistance, or if I should decline the case, I will be happy to refer you to another appropriate resource. I limit the number of projects I work on to better devote the required time and attention to each one.

Police Procedures Review

·        Police Practices

·        Arrest, Search and Seizure

·        Negligent Selection and Hiring

·        Police Discipline and Ethics

·        Discovery of Brady materials


·        Internal Affairs Investigations

·        Use of Force

·        Less-than-lethal Force

·        Negligent Discipline and Retention

·        Police Pursuits

Court Preparation, Review, and Testimony

·        Pre-Trial Case Review

·        Preparation of Opinion Reports

·        Affidavits and Depositions

·        Rebuttal Reports

·        Court Testimony


·        Expert Witness

·        Policy Development

·        Internal Investigation Reviews

·        Police Best Practices

·        Training


  • Contributor - IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC) publications:

  • False Alarm Perspectives (Brasfield, M.D., & Medley, S. - False Alarms: A Growing Problem)

  • Use of CCTV/Video Cameras in Law Enforcement

  • Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence

  • Private Security Officer Selection, Training and Licensing Guidelines

  • Contributor - National Institute of Justice - Off-Duty Police Employment Practices

  • Citation - Federal Bureau of Investigation article on joint Police-Community Partnerships

  • Author of national and state articles – alarm reduction issues and strategies

  • Author of several historical articles - homicides of police officers

  • Contributor - Washington State text book on police deaths



Police Procedures Review examination and audit of current or proposed policies and procedures.
Court Preparation, Review, and Testimony review, analysis, critique, case preparation, and expert witness in law enforcement related litigation.
Training and Public Safety Consulting customized training for a wide range of commercial, industrial and public entities.


Health Industry Fraud and Business Risk Management review, analysis, investigation, and expert witness.