Curriculum Vitae

LARRY D. WATSON, CDI

EDUCATION: 141 hours college credit

  • Major: Business Administration - Management
  • Minor: Criminal Justice
  • University of Oklahoma; Norman, Oklahoma

SPECIALIZED TRAINING:

  • Military Customs School; Territory of Guam and Port Hueneme, California

  • U. S. Customs School; Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California

  • Correctional Officer Academy; Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Huntsville, Texas

  • Commissioned Security Officer Course; Alamo Area Law Enforcement Academy, San Antonio College, San Antonio, Texas

  • Private Investigator Course (Basic and Advanced); Rouse School of Private Investigations, Costa Mesa, California

  • Advanced Private Investigator Course; Central Security & Investigations; Provo, Utah

  • C.L.E.E.T. Phase III, Private Investigator Course, Foster-Estes VoTech; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • C.L.E.E.T. Phase IV, Marksmanship Course, Foster-Estes VoTech; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Highest score.

  • "Tactical Security Operations/Tactical Response Team Course", VANCE International; Oakton, Virginia

  • Orientation: Criminal Defense Investigations; Oklahoma Indigent Defense System; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • "Operations Security"; National Security Agency; Ft. Meade, Maryland

  • "Blood Evidence At The Crime Scene", Tommy Bevel; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • "STREET WISE: Gangs In Oklahoma"; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • "Video & Audio Surveillance & Counter Surveillance"; Executive Protection Products; Napa, California

  • "The Lawyer’s Investigator" - Automated Investigation, Edmund J. Pankau; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • National Rifle Association Instructor Certification Courses in Personal Protection, Home Firearm Safety and Pistol Shooting; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • "Rules of Ethical Conduct", Mario Conte, FPD & Royce Rutherford; San Antonio, Texas

  • "Defending White Collar Cases", Guy Iversen, AFPD; Los Angeles, California

  • "Needs For The Scientific Identification Of Methamphetamine And Applications To All Controlled Substances", James Woodford, Ph.D.; San Antonio, Texas

  • "The Team Approach To Habeas Litigation", John Lambrose; Las Vegas, Nevada

  • "Forensic Document Examination", Janet F. Masson; Houston, Texas

  • "Do You Have A Valid Toxicology Test?", Christopher Long, Ph.D., DABFT, Berkeley, Missouri

  • "Investigating Eyewitness Evidence", Gary Wells, MD; Ames, Iowa

  • "Public Access For Investigators and Inside Operation Court Broom", Brian McGuinness, PI; Miami, Florida

  • "Legal Resources & Factual Investigation On The Internet", Jeff Flax, National Systems Support Analyst, Federal Public Defender’s Office; Denver, Colorado

  • "Expert Testimony On Witness Chemical Dependency", Heidi Israel; San Antonio, Texas

  • "Coerced Statements & False Confessions", Richard A. Leo, Law Professor

  • "Challenging Admissibility of Evidence Under Rules 404(b), 413 and 609 -or- How To Bring the Street Into the Courtroom", Steven T. Flax; Federal Public Defender

  • "Sentencing Mitigation", Larry Nathans, Attorney

  • "Challenges in Defending Clients Accused of Internet Pornography", Jeffrey M. Flax and Kari Bourg; Federal Justice System

  • "Mail & Wire Fraud; Redefining the Boundaries", Ellen S. Podgar, Law Professor

  • "Witness’ Credibility; A View From the Bench, The Honorable Irma Gonzales and Napoleon Jones, U. S. District Court; San Diego, California

  • "Gangs", Jerry Marynik, California Department of Justice Group; Sacramento, California and Isaac Guillen, Law Student and former Los Angeles gang member

  • "The Effective Defense Investigator", Barry Tarlow, Los Angeles Defense Attorney

  • "Computerized Homicide Investigations", Paul Hackerson, Attorney; Rockford, Illinois

  • "Eyewitness Testimony", Dr. Spurgeon Cole; North Carolina

  • "Introduction to Electronic Evidence", Jeff Flax, National Support Analyst; Federal Justice System

  • "Pros and Cons of Psychiatric Defense and Testimony, Kent Kalish, Forensic Psychiatrist; San Diego, California

  • "Interviewing Children", Susan Clemens, Attorney; San Diego County Public Defenders

  • "Constitutional Issues for the Defender Staff", U. S. Congressman Bob Filner

  • "Practical Kinesic Interview & Interrogation:, James Alsup; Oklahoma City, OK

  • "Fingerprint Review - Rolled Prints", Charlie Spencer; Oklahoma City, OK

  • Industry Ethics & Laws for Private Investigators, Scott Harrell; Austin, Texas

 

COLLEGE ACTIVITIES:

Honors Society; Selected from students State-wide for Scholastic Leadership Enrichment Program; Mu Kappa Tau Marketing Club; Outstanding College Students of America.

EXPERIENCE:

May 1993 to Present: American Professional Services, Inc.; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Founder and President: Licensed, armed private investigations and security. Coordinate and conduct comprehensive investigative assignments for defense lawyers, insurance companies, businesses and private citizens. Full service legal support, discovery, exhibit preparation, pre-trial and trial assistance and executive protection. Program Manager for American Academy of Private Investigation & Security.

December 1990 to May 1993: TRACE Detective Agency; Norman, Oklahoma - Private Investigator. Licensed, armed private investigations. Involved in a variety of investigative assignments, including criminal (capital and non-capital), civil, insurance fraud, background, and civil rights. Comprehensive investigations including photography, video surveillance, database research, and advanced interviewing techniques. Exhibit preparation and litigation assistance. Executive Protection.

November 1991 to November 2004: United States Naval Reserve - Master Chief Personnelman/ Command Chief. Primary Assignment: Senior Enlisted Advisor/ Admin Chief for reserve command components, including Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Twenty-Two, Military Sealift Command Det Japan, Commander-In-Chief, United States Pacific Forces (Detachment 111) and Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 113. 

March 1992 to March 2000: Asset Protection Team, VANCE International, Oakton, Virginia; On-call Evidence Photographer. Licensed for tactical security operations in Virginia/District of Columbia and Pennsylvania. Photographer for APT Tactical Response Team responsible for photo documentation of large-scale operation involving the protection of client’s property and interests.

January 1977 to February 1991: United States Navy - Chief Personnelman. Performed in supervisory capacity in all facets of personnel administration and legal departmental functions. Collateral assignments in combat communications and intelligence.

March 1987 to December 1987: Pinkerton Security Service; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Unarmed, uniformed security, responsible for lock-up, visitor log, client liaison, and perimeter security for three sites.

March 1980 to November 1980: Neighborhood Rangers; San Antonio, Texas. Commissioned, uniformed security/dispatcher for security patrol service. Conducted radio operations, client and law enforcement liaison.

March 1979 to January 1980: Blackstone Detective Agency; Norfolk, Virginia. Private investigator with assignments ranging from background and insurance investigations to surveillance. Clandestine operations involving direct subject contact and client liaison.

August 1978 to March 1979: Safeguard Security; Norfolk, Virginia: Armed, uniformed security patrol service supervisor for exclusive Norfolk neighborhood and site security for numerous commercial clients including N.O.A.A.. Responsible for client and law enforcement liaison.

October 1976 to January 1977: Professional Investigators and Security Consultants; Austin, Texas. Private investigator conducting full-field background investigations and industrial security. Assignments involved completion of background investigations of potential employees for commercial firms through a national network and industrial/corporate security for client firms.

May 1975 to January 1977: Legal Investigator and Paralegal Assistant for David Williams, Attorney-at-Law; Austin, Texas. Responsible for skip-tracing, legal research, collections, and correspondence for an Austin-based law firm. Personally handled accounts for client store, recovering over 84% of previously uncollectible accounts.

January 1976 to October 1976: Longhorn Security, Inc.; Austin, Texas. Commissioned, uniformed security officer and supervisor for commercial clients and special events. Responsibilities included client and law enforcement liaison.

MILITARY AWARDS:

Navy Achievement Medal (Fourth award); Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (Second award); Navy "E" Ribbon (Third award); Good Conduct Medal (Third award); Reserve Meritorious Service Medal  with Hour Glass and "M" Device; Sea Service Ribbon  (Fourth award); Overseas Service Ribbon; Recruiting Service Ribbon (Second award); Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (Second award); Expert Rifle Medal; Expert Pistol Medal; Numerous Letters of Commendation.

OTHER:

Fiscal Year 1990 candidate for White House Fellowship

American Directory of Who’s Who In Executives & Businesses, 1997 - 1998 Edition

Fully licensed by the Oklahoma Commission on Law Enforcement Education and Training for Armed Security and/or Private Investigations

Approved for Capital and Non-Capital Criminal Investigations for the Oklahoma County Public Defender and Federal Public Defender. Experienced testifying in State and Federal Court

Former Editor, The Informer, newsletter for the Oklahoma Private Investigators Association

Instructor, C.L.E.E.T. Basic Private Investigative Training; Phases I - III, Security Officer and Private Investigator Licensing Courses

Author & Lecturer, Private Investigative Continuing Education Training Courses - Networking - Clients, Sources and Experts, Report Writing, Investigative Interviewing Techniques, Collection & Preservation of Evidence, Database Investigation, Successful Surveillance, and Testifying In Court

Certified by the National Rifle Federation to instruct Home Firearm Safety, Personal Protection, and Pistol Shooting

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

OKLAHOMA vs. JAMES TRIBBLE
Bill of Particulars filed
The Tumbleweed Bar Murders
 Mass Murder - Enid, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA vs. FRANK GILLEY
Bill of Particulars filed
The Lovers Lane Murders
 Dual Homicide - Norman, Oklahoma
UNITED STATES vs. THOMAS GUADALUPE  Chiaf’s Chiropractic Clinic Bombing- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA vs. LATONAGE LAWRENCE Infant Murder - Perry, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA vs. RONNIE FLOYD,
ALFREDO OMALZA & PATRICIA JONES
Bill of Particulars Filed; Trial & Retrial
The Draper Lake Murders (3 of 4 co-
co-defendants) Dual Homicide
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA vs. RITA JEAN LOVE Murder I - Idabel, Oklahoma Acquittal / Battered Wife Syndrome
OKLAHOMA vs. DALE LIVINGSTON
For the Prosecution
Arson / Homicide - Vinita, Oklahoma
Featured on "Case Closed" 2/94
UNITED STATES vs. RAYMOND SLOAN Drug Conspiracy - Oklahoma City, OK; First finding for the Defendant in Oklahoma Federal Courts
STATE vs. VICTOR VELEZ Child Molestation Retrial - Acquittal
STATE vs. NESTOR "CHICO" VILLAR Child Molestation - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MEMBERSHIPS:

Member NATIONAL DEFENDER INVESTIGATOR ASSOCIATION
First Nationally Certified Defender Investigator (CDI) in Oklahoma
Associate Member OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Member ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN INVESTIGATORS
Member  TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED INVESTIGATORS
Member UNITED STATES PROCESS SERVERS ASSOCIATION
Member [Preferred] PUBLIC RECORD RETRIEVER NETWORK
Past - Secretary OKLAHOMA PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
Former Member INVESTIGATOR'S ON-LINE NETWORK (ION)
Member OKLAHOMA CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Member APARTMENT ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Past Vice President  Executive Committee, MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION
Past - Secretary OKLAHOMA CITY CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Member NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES
Member NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION
Member OKLAHOMA SHERIFFS & PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
Member NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE PROCESS SERVERS
Member AMERICAN LEGION, POST 13