PROFESSOR GREGORY GILBERTSON
Professor Gregory Gilbertson is a tenured criminal justice professor at a Washington State community college. He has 24 years of college and university teaching experience. He is also a former police officer and licensed private investigator with 26 years of criminal justice experience. As an expert witness, Greg has consulted with attorneys on over 100 civil rights and criminal defense cases in 18 states.
Prior to law enforcement, Professor Gilbertson served in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier and commissioned officer. He received his commission from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School; a Distinguished Military Graduate of Class 501-86. After his military service, Greg became a police officer in Atlanta and LaGrange, Georgia. He served as a SWAT Team officer, patrolman, juvenile court investigator, senior patrolman, school resource officer, and stakeout squad member. Advanced osteo-arthritis and two major surgeries prematurely ended Professor Gilbertson’s law enforcement career.
INTERNATIONAL POLICE TRAINING – IRAQ: The origins of Professor Gilbertson’s expert witness casework is found in his service as an International Police Trainer. As a tenured criminal justice professor, the U.S. Department of Justice designated him a Subject Matter Expert in Police Practices for a training mission in Iraq. Greg then deployed to Baghdad and worked for one year with Iraqi Generals developing a bachelor’s degree for the Baghdad Police College. He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Basrah Training Academy. In Basrah he supervised the training of 500 Iraqi police cadets by British and American officers.
INTERNATIONAL POLICE TRAINING – AFGHANISTAN: Professor Gilbertson was designated a Subject Matter Expert in Police Practices a second time by the U.S. Department of Defense. He then deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan and served 13 months as a Police Policy Developer, Senior Mentor, and NATO Liaison to the Commanding General of the Afghan National Police Academy. He assisted General Sayed Mohammad Qudoosi, the longest serving police officer in Afghanistan, with all aspects of daily operations for 3000 cadets, faculty, and staff on a 65-acre walled compound. He also secured 50 million dollars in NATO funding for academy renovations, curriculum and infrastructure improvements. In both overseas missions Professor Gilbertson worked with NATO police trainers from Germany, France, Norway, Canada, the Czech Republic, and United Kingdom.
EXPERT WITNESS CASEWORK: Professor Gilbertson has testified as an expert witness in use of force and police practices in U.S. District Court on several occasions. He has also testified as an expert witness in the state courts of Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas, and Connecticut. Greg has also consulted on casework in California, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Alabama, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Maine, Montana, Idaho, Georgia and Kentucky.
ACADEMIC SERVICE: Professor Gilbertson is a graduate of the University of Washington and Columbus State University (formerly Columbus College) where he earned a Master’s degree in Justice Administration. In 1996 he began teaching criminal justice courses for a private college in Tacoma, Washington. In 1997 he began teaching at a faith-based university in Lacey, Washington. In 1999 he became a full-time, tenure-track criminal justice professor at a Washington State community college. He has been teaching college and university courses for 24 years. The criminal justice degree he designed and developed was recently ranked by BestColleges.com as a “Top 10” online associate’s degree in the nation.
In addition, Professor Gilbertson recently completed a groundbreaking initiative known as a “Crosswalk Degree.” This degrees aligns Washington State police academy training with the criminal justice curriculum he developed for his college. As a result of this work, Washington State police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers can now receive 45 credits towards their criminal justice degree for academy training and work experience.