Top Police Sketch Artist Authors New Book: 'SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime'

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SketchCop Solutions announces release of true crime and police procedural book by Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed.

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One of my motivations for writing this book was to pay respect to the victims of violent crime in a way that's unique...courageous people are often forgotten....

Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is "The SketchCop." He is frequently called into action by police departments seeking help solving their most difficult cases. For over three decades, Streed has provided signature images for the country's most notorious murders, rapes, and kidnappings, including cases such as the kidnapping and murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion, as well as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer. He has fought crime coast-to-coast, from Los Angeles to Baltimore, Salt Lake City to Baton Rouge. Along the way, he has papered the walls of police squad rooms with sketches of their city's most dangerous criminals. A collection of some of these true crime stories, taken from Streed’s portfolio, are detailed in his recently published book, "SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime" (WildBlue Press).

"SketchCop" describes how Streed connects with and empowers courageous victims and eyewitnesses from all walks of life. Using their descriptions, he creates life-like sketches of the assailants with an accuracy that has led to quick identifications and captures. "One of my motivations for writing this book was to pay respect to the victims of violent crime in a way that’s unique," says Streed. "These courageous people are often forgotten about in the criminal justice system. I thought that telling their stories, in a factual, non-sensational format, was the best way to honor them. Without their contributions, many vicious criminals might still be walking the streets today.”

The former police sergeant also believes that "SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime" will provide law enforcement with a better understanding of how they can effectively use police sketches--a valuable tool to engage in collaborative efforts with victims of violent crime--to quickly close investigations. "People want to help police and can become easily frustrated if they’re not allowed to assist with solving their own cases. Working with a police sketch artist is great psychological first-aid. Many underestimate the value of the sketch and how it becomes an important empowerment tool that promotes healing. What follows is a sense of ownership that encourages the victim to remain committed and follow their case through to prosecution,” says Streed.

SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime is available on

Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed is the owner of SketchCop Solutions, LLC, Law Enforcement’s Source for Facial Imaging and Biometric Identification. SketchCop Solutions provides advanced facial identification software solutions and training for law enforcement as well as media consulting for the entertainment industry.

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