Patrick T. O'Neill

Senior Consultant / ACTAR / Las Vegas

Background

A retired police officer, Mr. O’Neill served 22 years with the Tacoma Police Department in Washington State as a Police Patrol Officer, Police Motor Officer (Traffic), Community Liaison Officer and Range Safety Officer during which time he documented and investigated over 1,000 collisions and performed/assisted with the reconstruction of approximately 100 felony level collisions involving serious injuries or fatalities. During his service, he received extensive training in police procedures and practices covering a wide range of topics. He was also a lead investigator for the Tacoma Police Department’s Accident Investigation Team for eight years. 

Mr. O’Neill operated as a Police Motorcycle Officer for over six years, accumulating more than 480 hours of motorcycle-specific operator training including operator safety, collision avoidance, high-speed pursuit riding, low speed technical riding, emergency braking, formation riding, dignitary escort including Presidential escort, equipment preparation and equipment maintenance. With tens of thousands of miles riding motorcycles personally and professionally, Mr. O’Neill has experienced first-hand how motorcycles and other vehicles interact and, sometimes, come into conflict. 

Mr. O’Neill is  accredited as a Vehicle Accident Reconstructionist by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) #2139. He has experience in all levels of passenger vehicle collision investigation to include car pedestrian/bicycle, motorcycle collisions, low and high-speed collision analysis, damage consistency, vehicle download and analysis. He was an active member of several specialty police units including: Motorcycle Officer, Disorder Response Team, Incident Management Team. He was also a department instructor in basic, technical and advanced accident investigation techniques. 

Education and Certifications

• Basic Law Enforcement Academy: Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 
• Commissioned Police Officer: Washington State (Retired/2018)
• Police Motor Officer (Retired)
• Police Range Safety Officer (Retired)
• Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction: ACTAR # 2139 (2009)