A LIFETIME OF SERVICE: Professor Gregory Gilbertson has been a tenured criminal justice professor for 21 years. He’s also a former police officer, international police trainer, Guardian ad Litem, U.S. Army Infantry officer, and Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. After completing his military service, Professor Gilbertson became a police officer in Atlanta and LaGrange, Georgia. In LaGrange he served as a SWAT team member, senior patrolman, school resource officer, juvenile court investigator, and stakeout squad member.
ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS: Professor Gilbertson holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Washington and a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Columbus College. In 1997 he began teaching criminal justice courses for Saint Martin’s University. In 1999 he became a full-time professor at Centralia College. His classes routinely enroll up to 50 students, has been called a “Flagship Program” by college administrators, and was ranked a “Top 10″ Criminal Justice degree by BestColleges.com for 2018.
PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS & EXPERT WITNESS CASEWORK: As a private investigator, Professor Gilbertson specialized in criminal defense casework for 12 years. In 2014 he began consulting as an Expert Witness in Police Practices. To date he has consulted on over 100 civil rights and criminal cases in 18 states. He has testified as an expert witness in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the District of Arizona, and in the state courts of Washington, Oregon. Illinois, Kansas, and Connecticut. He has also consulted on casework with attorneys in California, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, Montana, Idaho, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Kentucky.
INTERNATIONAL POLICE TRAINER – IRAQ: The origins of Professor Gilbertson’s expert witness casework is found in his service as an International Police Trainer. In 2005 the U.S. Department of Justice recognized him as a Subject Matter Expert in Police Practices for a 12 month deployment to Iraq. In Baghdad he worked with Iraqi General Officers on a Bachelor’s degree for the Baghdad Police College. He was then appointed Deputy Director of the United Kingdom’s Basrah Police Academy.
INTERNATIONAL POLICE TRAINER – AFGHANISTAN: In 2008 Professor Gilbertson was again recognized as a Subject Matter Expert in Police Practices, this time by the U.S. Department of Defense. He then deployed to Afghanistan for 13 months. In Kabul he served as a Ministry of Interior Policy Advisor, Senior Mentor, and NATO Liaison to the Afghan National Police Academy. In this role he assisted Lieutenant General Sayed Mohammad Qudoosi with all aspects of daily operations for 3000 cadets, faculty, and staff. He also worked with NATO General Officers to secure 50 million dollars in funding for academy renovations.