(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 Baltimore and Los Angeles 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. In fact, 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 several high-profile cases. These include: The Samantha Runnion Abduction/Murder, the Anthony Martinez Abduction/Murder, the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, and The Orange County’ s (CA) Fortune Teller murder.

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

Michael recognized law enforcement’ s need for a software-driven solution to create effective facial composites. In 2007 he founded SketchCop Solutions, Inc. and began working on what now is, SketchCop® Facial Composite System. Michael’s innovative software program addresses law enforcement’s desire to create digital facial composites while increasing the opportunity for non-artists, forensic science students and anyone else who wants to participate in the investigative process.

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. He’s also introducing true crime fans to a unique perspective on the true crime genre while at the same time encouraging artists to pursue their passion.

Michael is currently a member “in good standing” of the following professional organizations:

  • International Association for Identification
  • California Homicide Investigator’s Association
  • California Robbery Investigator’s Association
  • California Sexual Assault Investigator’s Association
  • International Homicide Investigator’s Association