Professor Gregory Gilbertson has consulted as an expert witness with attorneys and clients in 14 states on 70 cases in just four years. He has provided insightful analysis and opinion on incidents involving police excessive force, false arrest, officer misconduct, police pursuits, self-defense, abuse of authority, and wrongful terminations. He has testified as a police expert witness in over two-dozen depositions, civil, and criminal trials in both state and federal courts. Two decades of college and university teaching experience enables Greg to explain complex incidents, concepts, and issues to jurors in a manner they can easily understand.
As a subject matter expert in police practices and procedures for the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Defense, Greg deployed for 13 months to Kabul, Afghanistan writing police policy and serving as Senior Mentor and NATO Liaison to the Commander of the Afghan National Police Academy. In Baghdad, Iraq he initially authored academic curriculum for the Baghdad Police College, and then served as Deputy Director of the United Kingdom’s Basrah Police Academy. He may be the only American professor to serve as a civilian police trainer in both Iraq and Afghanistan during time of war. While living in Kabul, Baghdad, and Basrah for over two years, Greg’s operational areas were routinely attacked by insurgents with rockets, mortars, car bombs, sniper, and small arms fire.
During a career spanning over three decades, Greg has been recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. While in the Army, he served as a commissioned officer of infantry soldiers. Greg then became a police officer with the cities of Atlanta and La Grange, Georgia. In Atlanta, Greg served as a Zone 3 police patrolman. As a La Grange police officer, he served as a SWAT team tactical officer, senior patrolman (Corporal) , stakeout squad member, school resource officer, and superior court investigator assigned to juvenile court. He also completed the following specialized training courses:
- Tactical Rifle
- Tactical Shotgun
- SWAT Certification
- Criminal Procedures
- SWAT Submachine Gun
- VIP Executive Protection
- U.S. Army Special Weapons & Tactics
Duty related injuries and two major orthopedic surgeries ended Greg’s law enforcement career after only eight years. He then became a tenured criminal justice professor, licensed private investigator specializing in criminal defense casework, international police trainer, and Guardian ad Litem. Greg has been a full-time, tenured professor at Centralia College since 1999. He currently serves as the faculty director of the criminal justice program.
He has designed and developed an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice for Centralia College, and recently spearheaded Washington State’s first “Crosswalk” degree program for working police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state troopers. The Centralia College “Crosswalk”program awards 45 credits to working police officers for their academy training and work experience. Under Professor Gilbertson’s leadership, Centralia College was recently recognized by BestColleges.com as having one of the “Top 10” criminal justice programs in the United States.
Greg has also instructed criminal justice courses for a combined total of 17 years at Saint Martin’s University, Brandman University, and South Puget Sound Community Collge. He holds a Master’s degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Washington. Greg has also been a contributor to NewsMaxTV, the Gannet Newspapers, the Associated Press, Alternet.org, the Washington Post, and many other newspaper, television, and radio outlets nationwide.
Greg resides with his wife Julie in Olympia, Washington. He is available for casework anywhere in the United States.