(Ret.) Police Sergeant Michael W. Streed is an award-winning, internationally-recognized Forensic Facial Imaging Expert.

For nearly 40 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 Police Department and Baltimore City Police Departments.

As Baltimore Police Department’ s first ever, full-time, I.A.I. Certified Forensic Artist; Michael was tasked with building their  Forensic Facial Imaging Unit from the ‘ground up’. Once established, he handled one of the country’s busiest caseloads, distinguishing his unit as the first-of-its-kind to be awarded 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 as if he was still 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, made Michael one of Southern California’ s most sought after police sketch artists. Orange Coast Magazine once referred to Michael as “one of California’s most vital artists.”

It was those skills, combined with his law enforcement experience that 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.

Those successes fueled Michael’s passion to become a forensic facial imaging entrepreneur and innovator.

In 2007 he founded SketchCop Solutions, Inc.The Digital Difference in Facial Imaging and Identification.

Michael recognized law enforcement’ s need for a software-driven solution to create effective facial composites. His innovative software program, SketchCop® Facial Composite System addresses law enforcement’s desire to create digital facial composites and increases the opportunity for non-artists to participate in the investigative process. This includes, forensic science students entering law enforcement and academic forensic science programs.

To support them, Michael provides training through his SketchCop® Online Academy. By combining his experience as an investigator and police sketch artist; Michael’s software program allows interested persons 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 also introducing true crime fans to a unique perspective on the true crime genre and encouraging artists to pursue their passion.