Michael W. Streed is a (Ret.) Police Sergeant and award-winning, internationally recognized Forensic Facial Imaging Expert based in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.
For over 40 years, he’s combined his extensive law enforcement experience and artistic skills to help investigators solve their toughest cases.
During his career Michael has helped dozens of law enforcement agencies identify those who have murdered law enforcement officers, serial killers, serial rapists and violent predators who have robbed, shot or stabbed innocent victims.
Some of these cases include:
- Escape from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
- Kidnap & Murder of DEA/Federal Drug Agent Enrique Camarena
- Baton Rouge Serial Killer
- Kidnap & Murder of 5 year old Samantha Runnion
- Kidnap & Murder of 10 year old Anthony Martinez
- Murder of 5 year old Anna Palmer
- Orange County, CA Fortune Teller Murder
Though many of his cases are never highlighted in the media, he approaches each case like author Michael Connelly’s fictional LAPD Detective Harry Bosch who’s credo is…“Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts.”
Coincidentally, Michael’s career as a forensic artist began in 1980 under the tutelage and mentorship of LAPD’s famed Police Composite Artist Fernando G. Ponce. Since then, Michael has continued serving LAPD detectives throughout the city’s twenty-two police stations and several specialty units.
In 2011, Michael reached a career milestone when Baltimore Police selected him to become their first, full-time Forensic Artist. He was tasked with building their Forensic Facial Imaging Unit from the ‘ground up’ at the same time managing one of the country’s busiest forensic art caseloads in one of America’s most violent cities. Michael would later lead the unit to become the ‘first-of-its-kind’ to be awarded ISO 17020 accreditation.
In 2015 Michael converted the department’s Forensic Facial Imaging Unit to an online, digital operation. The first major police agency to do so. Today, he remains Baltimore Police Department’s Forensic Artist.
Michael continues to adapt to new technology that helps clients respond to violent crime. Most recently, in 2022, Michael became certified in the use of Skeleton ID software. This cutting edge, AI assisted software solution helps match 3D models of unidentified human remains to 2D photographs of missing persons in cases where DNA or other identification techniques are limited.
As CEO/President of SketchCop® Solutions, Inc. Michael has invested in state-of-the-art communications platforms and digital tools that connect him with law enforcement agencies throughout the continental United States and beyond. His facial composite software app – SketchCop® is used by law enforcement agencies around the world.
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