(Ret.) Police Sergeant Michael W. Streed is an internationally-recognized forensic facial imaging expert based in Southern California. For 38 years, Michael has blended his rich law enforcement experience and artistic skills to provide forensic facial imaging services to some of the largest, most diverse, police agencies in the United States, including the Los Angeles and Baltimore City Police Departments. As Baltimore Police Department’ s first ever, full-time, Forensic Artist, Michael was tasked with establishing the Forensic Services Division’ s Forensic Facial Imaging Unit. He built the unit from the ‘ground up’. At the same time he managed one of the busiest forensic art caseloads in the country. Michael’s efforts were rewarded when his Forensic Facial Imaging Unit was the first-of-its-kind to receive ISO 17020 accreditation.
In 2015, Michael converted Baltimore Police Department’ s Forensic Facial Imaging Unit to an online operation; the first major police agency in the country to do so. Today, he remains the department’ s Forensic Artist, providing them remote services with the same efficiency similar to when he was onsite.
Michael’ s long and distinguished career as a forensic artist paralleled his successful law enforcement career. The experience he gained investigating violent crimes, sexual assaults and juvenile crime helped him develop highly-specialized interview skills which Michael adapted for his role as a police sketch artist. His unique perspective on eyewitnesses, coupled with strong communication skills, has made Michael one of Southern California’ s most sought after police sketch artists. Combining those skills with his law enforcement experience helped him develop successful police sketches in many high-profile cases such as: The Samantha Runnion murder, the Anthony Martinez murder, the Baton Rouge serial killer, and Orange County’ s (CA) Fortune Teller murder.
Throughout his career, Michael has been recognized for his contributions to law enforcement. He’s been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including: The Orange Police Department Award of Merit, United States Congressional Certificate of Recognition, The American Legion Award and was nominated for the Orange County Sheriff’ s Department Medal of Valor. In 2013, Michael became certified by the International Association for Identification after completing a comprehensive testing and portfolio review process.
Michael’ s cases have been profiled on: ‘ America’ s Most Wanted’ and ‘ Unsolved Mysteries’ . He’s also been profiled in several major newspapers and interviewed on: CNN with Connie Chung, Fox News Channel, ABC 20/20 with Barbara Walters and ID Discovery’ s show “Wicked Attraction: Bad Fortune.”
In 2015, Michael appeared on the History Channel special, Alcatraz: Search for the Truth. The program examined new evidence leading to speculation that the Anglin Brothers (John and Clarence) survived the infamous 1962 escape from Alcatraz Penitentiary.
Michael was asked to compare prison booking photographs of the Anglin Brothers against those alleged to have been taken in the mid-1970’ s. After reviewing the photographs, he concluded that it was ‘ highly-likely’ the Anglin Brothers survived their trip across the cold and treacherous San Francisco Bay. This startling revelation grabbed the attention of United States Marshal’s investigators and helped breath new life into the decades-long investigation.
Most recently, Michael appeared in HLN – “Unmasking A Killer”, a five-part documentary detailing a series of unsolved murders committed by the Golden State Killer, also known as ‘GSK’ and/or ‘EARONS’ – East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker. For nearly 40 years, this killer has committed 12 murders and 51 rapes throughout California. To date, police have not been able to identify him and the cases remain unsolved. Michael appears in Episode 2, ‘The Pattern of a Killer’, where he provides riveting commentary about the case.
Michael is a noted author and popular lecturer. His true crime/memoir, SketchCop –Drawing A Line Against Crime (WildBlue Press) was released in January 2016. Michael’ s book is a collection of true crimes stories that describe his role as a police sketch artist and the significant contributions he made to many high-profile investigations. His latest book, Creating Digital Faces for Law Enforcement (Elsevier/Academic Press) was released in February 2017. This textbook is designed for law enforcement and academics who wish to learn how to create software-driven facial composites. Michael’ s currently completing his second true crime, non-fiction book.
Facial Imaging Entrepreneur
Michael is a forensic facial imaging entrepreneur and innovator. In 2007 he founded SketchCop Solutions, Inc. – The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging and Identification. Since the beginning of his law enforcement career, Michael recognized law enforcement’ s need for software-driven facial composites. His innovative software program, Frontalis® Facial Composite System addresses law enforcement’s desire to create digital facial composites. Michael trains law enforcement personnel and forensic science students how to use his software. By combining his experience as an investigator and police sketch artist, Michael’s software programs allow law enforcement to put his skills to work on their PC’ s, laptop and tablet computers. Through SketchCop® Solutions Inc., Michael continues to provide facial imaging support to law enforcement, corporations and private entities, while introducing true crime fans to a unique perspective on the true crime genre.