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Professor Gregory Gilbertson, M.S.
A Police Expert with Integrity
If your client has been victimized by excessive force, false arrest, police misconduct, or acted in self defense, call Gilbertson Investigations. Gregory Gilbertson is a tenured criminal justice professor, private investigator, and nationally recognized expert in police practices. He has completed over 100 pretrial investigations for defense attorneys, and offered expert testimony in 82 civil rights and self defense cases in 17 states. During his career Greg has also served as a:
Professor 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 member. Advanced osteoarthritis and two orthopedic surgeries ended his career. He then became a criminal justice professor and private investigator in Washington State.
Greg has testified in federal court and state courts in Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas, and Connecticut. He has also authored reports for attorneys in California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, and Kentucky.
International Police Trainer: 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 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 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, with all aspects of academy operations for 2500 cadets and 500 faculty and staff. He also worked with a team of German police trainers to secure 50 million dollars for academy renovations.
In total, Professor Gilbertson lived and worked for over two years with NATO military forces in active war zones in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In Baghdad, Basrah, and Kabul he experienced insurgent car bombs, IED's, sniper, small arms, rocket, and mortar fire nearly every day for over two years.
Military Service: Professor Gilbertson enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983 after graduating from the University of Washington. He soon earned appointment to the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. 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. Professor Gilbertson earned numerous awards, decorations, and General Officer commendations during five years of military service.
Academic Service: Professor Gilbertson is a graduate of the University of Washington and Columbus State University where earned a Master’s degree in Justice Administration. Advanced 0steoarthritis and two major surgeries ended his police career. In 1997 he began teaching criminal justice courses for a faith based university in western Washington. In 1999 he became a full-time criminal justice professor at a nearby community college. He was tenured in 2002 and has been teaching criminal justice for 20 years.
The criminal justice program he developed over two decades was ranked by BestColleges.com in 2018 as a “Top 10” online associate's degree in the United States. In addition to his full-time college duties, Professor Gilbertson also served 18 years as a criminal justice instructor for two private universities based in Washington and California. The California university named him a Distinguished Faculty member in 2013.
In addition to classroom teaching, Professor Gilbertson also spearheaded a groundbreaking initiative known as a "Crosswalk Degree." Crosswalk Degrees align police academy training with existing criminal justice curriculum and coursework. As a result of this initiative, Washington State police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers now receive 45 college credits towards their Criminal Justice degree for police or state patrol academy training and one year of law enforcement experience.
Summary: Professor Gilbertson, his lovely and beloved wife Julie, and their remarkably mischievous Irish Terriers, "Fiona" and "Brody" reside in Olympia, Washington. Julie and Greg enjoy their pups, their friends and neighbors, and vacationing in Italy, Greece, and Belize.
Greg and his colleagues are available for expert witness or criminal defense casework anywhere in the United States.
Professor Gilbertson Qualified as Police Expert in U.S. District Court
In a recent U.S. District Court trial, Moises E. Ponce Alvarez v. King County Sheriff’s Office, the Presiding Judge for the Western District of Washington entered the following opinion on opposing counsel's motion to exclude Professor Gilbertson's testimony: “Mr. Gilbertson’s qualifications demonstrate extensive experience in policing. His experience includes work as a Georgia police officer, SWAT team officer, superior court investigator, school resource officer, stakeout squad officer, and senior patrolman. After his law enforcement career, Mr. Gilbertson became a college professor and private investigator. He has taught courses in criminal justice and conducted pretrial investigations for attorneys in criminal cases. The Court finds his testimony can be expected to have a reliable basis in knowledge and experience.”
In addition, Professor Gilbertson has testified in civil and criminal cases as a police practices expert in Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas, and Connecticut. He has consulted or has pending expert cases in California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, and Kentucky.