Gregory Gilbertson was a criminal justice professor and university lecturer for 25 years. He’s also a former police officer, international police advisor, 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, he became a police officer in Atlanta and La Grange, Georgia. In La Grange he served as a SWAT Team member, senior patrolman, school resource officer, juvenile court investigator, and stakeout squad officer. In Atlanta he served as a police patrolman assigned to Zone 3 Precinct.
Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Washington, and a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Columbus College (Columbus State University). From 1997 – 2016 he served as a Senior Lecturer of Criminal Justice for Saint Martin’s University and Brandman University (University of Massachusetts Global). In 1999 he became a criminal justice professor at Centralia College. The criminal justice degree he designed and developed was ranked a “Top 10″ online degree in 2018 by BestColleges.com. He retired from Centralia College in March 2022 with an unblemished academic record over 22 years of service.
Greg became a private investigator in 2002. He specialized in criminal defense casework for 12 years. In 2014 he began consulting with attorneys nationwide as an expert witness in police use of force, false arrest, criminal and self-defense casework. To date he has consulted on over 130 civil rights and criminal cases in 25 states. He has testified as an expert witness in the U.S. District courts of Washington and Arizona. He has also testified and in the state courts of Washington, Oregon. Illinois, Kansas, and Connecticut. He has helped attorneys nationwide secure over 10 million dollars in settlements and judgements for their clients.
The origins of Greg’s expert witness casework is found in his service as an International Police Advisor in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2008 he deployed to Kabul for 13 months and served as a police policy developer, senior mentor, and NATO liaison to the Afghan National Police Academy. He assisted the Afghan academy commander with all aspects of daily operations for 3000 cadets, faculty, and staff. He also secured 50 million dollars in NATO funding for academy renovations. Previously, in 2005 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq and worked with a committee of Iraqi general officers on a Bachelor’s degree in democratic policing for the Baghdad Police College. In summation, Greg left Centralia College for 25 months to serve his nation and the people of Afghanistan and Iraq as an International Police Advisor in two active war zones.