G I L B E R T S O N I N V E S T I G A T I O N S
T h e T r u t h B e g i n s H e r e .
E X P E R T W I T N E S S C A S E W O R K
Excessive Force, Police Misconduct,
False Arrest, and Self Defense
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"Hic sunt leones, stamus contra malum."
PROFESSOR GREGORY GILBERTSON
A Lifetime of Service
Public Service: Professor Gregory Gilbertson was a police officer for eight years in the cities of Atlanta and LaGrange, Georgia. In Atlanta he served as a police patrolman. In LaGrange he served as a SWAT Team officer, juvenile court investigator, senior patrolman, school resource officer, and stakeout squad officer. Advanced osteoarthritis and two major surgeries ended his law enforcement career. He then became a tenured criminal justice professor and licensed private investigator in Washington State. As a college professor, he also served two years as a superior court Parenting Investigator for at-risk children, and two years as an International Police Trainer.
Professor Gilbertson became a licensed private investigator to maintain currency as a criminal justice professor. He specialized in criminal defense casework for 12 years, completing over 100 pretrial investigations for attorneys. In 2014 he expanded his practice to expert witness casework. To date, Professor Gilbertson has consulted on over 80 criminal defense and civil rights cases in 17 states. He has testified in both state and federal courts as an expert witness in Excessive Force, Police Misconduct, False Arrest, and Self Defense cases.
International Service: The origin of Professor Gilbertson’s expert witness work is found in his service as an International Police Trainer. In 2005-2006 the U.S. Department of Justice designated him a Subject Matter Expert in police practices and procedures for a training mission in Iraq. He deployed to Baghdad and worked with Iraqi Police General Officers to develop a Bachelor’s degree in Democratic Policing for the Baghdad Police College. He also supervised the training of 500 Iraqi police cadets by American and British police trainers as Deputy Director of the Basrah Training Academy.
In 2008-2009 Professor Gilbertson served again as an International Police Trainer, this time for the U.S. Department of Defense. He deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and produced a comprehensive policy and procedures manual for the Afghan National Police. This manual was based upon model policies authored, developed, and used with the permission of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Professor Gilbertson then served as Senior Mentor and NATO Liaison to the Commanding General of the Afghan National Police Academy. In this role he assisted Lieutenant General Sayed Mohammad Qudoosi, the longest serving police officer in Afghanistan, in all aspects of academy operations for 2500 cadets and 500 faculty and staff. He also worked with German, Norwegian, Italian, and Canadian police trainers to secure 50 million dollars for academy renovations and technology upgrades. In total, Professor Gilbertson lived and worked for over two years in active war zones in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In both Iraq and Afghanistan Professor Gilbertson experienced Al Qaeda and Taliban IED’s, small arms, rocket, and mortar fire nearly every day.
Military Service: Professor Gilbertson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983 after graduating from the University of Washington. He then earned an appointment to the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. At graduation, 2nd Lieutenant Gilbertson was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate of O.C.S. Class 501-86. He then attended Infantry Officer Basic School, Airborne School, and served as a commissioned officer of infantry soldiers. In five years of military service Professor Gilbertson received numerous awards, decorations, and General Officer commendations.
Academic Service: Professor Gilbertson is a graduate of the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelor's degree in History, and Columbus State University where earned a Master’s degree in Justice Administration. When advanced 0steoarthritis and two disabling surgeries ended his police career, he began teaching criminal justice courses for Saint Martin’s University (1997 – 2008). In 1999 he became a full-time criminal justice professor at Centralia College. He was awarded tenure on March 15, 2002 by the Centralia College Board of Trustees. The criminal justice program he's developed over two decades was ranked by BestColleges.com in 2018 as a “Top 10” criminal justice associate's degree. In addition to teaching for Saint Martin's University and Centralia College, Professor Gilbertson also served seven years as an adjunct professor for Brandman University (2010-2017). He was also named the Brandman University Distinguished Faculty in 2013.
In addition to teaching, Professor Gilbertson recently spearheaded a academic initiative at Centralia College called a "Criminal Justice Crosswalk Degree." The Crosswalk Degree aligns Washington State police academy training with Centralia College criminal justice curriculum. As a result of this work, Centralia College is the only Washington State college that confers 45 of 90 credits required for an associate’s degree to police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers for their academy training and work experience.
Professor Gilbertson, his beloved wife Julie, and their two Irish Terriers, "Fiona" and "Brody", reside in Olympia, Washington. He is available for expert witness casework anywhere in the United States.
"Never be afraid to do what’s right, especially when the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.