Police officers are required to have “Reasonable Suspicion” to stop, detain, and investigate an individual for a crime.  Police officers must further develop their suspicion to “Probable Cause” to make a lawful arrest (see “Frequently Asked Questions” page for definitions of Reasonable Suspicion and Probable Cause). A startling fact is that many police officers have never received proper instruction in the definition and application of Reasonable Suspicion and Probable Cause during their academy training.

Furthermore, most law enforcement agencies have no requirements for officers to hold college degrees in criminal justice or related disciplines. The unfortunate fact is far too many police officers have no formal education beyond a high school diploma or GED.

The academic rigor of some police academy training has been seriously diminished in recent years. Important legal concepts like Special Knowledge, Reasonable Suspicion, Probable Cause, and Exigent Circumstances do not seem to receive the academic emphasis they deserve. As a private investigator specializing in criminal defense casework for over 15 years, Professor Gilbertson has interviewed hundreds of police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers who cannot properly define, explain, nor apply these legal concepts. These deficiencies in education and training commonly result in false arrests by police.

In light of these facts, the vast majority of all local, state, and federal law enforcement officers are good, honorable, and trustworthy public servants. They have earned and deserve our gratitude and respect. These brave men and women have dedicated their lives to safeguarding our communities and nation. Police officers, deputy sheriffs, state troopers, and federal agents are personally responsible for countless compassionate, selfless, and courageous acts every day.

However, it must also be recognized a small percentage of law enforcement officers do not perform their duties and responsibilities in a manner consistent with their education, training, and oath of office. These officers are not above the law and must be held accountable for their actions. Working with attorneys, Professor Gregory Gilbertson is committed to pursuing this important work on behalf of individuals that have been victimized by false arrest.

While Professor Gilbertson has consulted with nearly 50 attorneys and law firms in 14 states over the past three years, he does not accept every case. Professor Gilbertson carefully evaluates the unique facts and circumstances of every case with counsel before accepting or declining work. In addition, Professor Gilbertson does not accept non-attorney clients unless or until they are represented by a lawyer.

If you’re an attorney or client who has a false arrest claim, call Professor Gilbertson at (360) 237-4247, or email him at gilbertson_investigations@reagan.com. His experience, insights, knowledge, and analytical ability has helped dozens of attorneys and clients achieve positive outcomes, and he can help you too.