About the Author


The author, Ed Nordskog is an active lecturer/instructor in the field of arson investigation. He is currently a developer/instructor for the State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) for the 40 hour course of Arson and Explosion Investigation. He is also an instructor for California State POST Homicide Investigator’s Course (Fire Death). He is an instructor at the 40 hour Basic Post Blast Investigation Course co-sponsored by the FBI and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

He has lectured on various arson/explosion subjects for the California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI), the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the FBI and the ATF. He has been a guest lecturer on criminal investigation topics for California State University, Los Angeles; and an expert for advanced attorney training at Loyola Marymount University Law School, Los Angeles. He is currently teaching various arson related courses for LAHIDTA in Los Angeles.

In 2004, Detective Nordskog was named the Investigator of the Year by the International Association of Arson Investigators; and also was named “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the International Association of Special Investigations Units for his role as the lead investigator of a massive arson-for-profit ring.

He is an active instructor for classes including:

-Major Arson Investigations- Major fraud, arson for hire, arson conspiracies
-Arson Murders and Fire Death Investigation-Homicide, suicide, accidents
-Serial Arson Investigations
All of his lecture materials are based on his 16 plus years of experience in the Arson and Explosives fields and all materials are from real cases that have been adjudicated through the criminal court system.

To facilitate training please contact Ed Nordskog at: ednordskog@gmail.com

Ed Nordskog is a Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department since 1986. He graduated as the “Honor Cadet” of his academy class. He was assigned to custody duties for two years, patrol duties in the Compton, Watts, Lynwood areas for two years and was promoted to Detective in 1990. He worked plain clothes and undercover units as a Detective in the South Los Angeles area specializing in the crimes of auto theft, fraud, burglary/robbery and assaults. He was transferred to an undercover Narcotics detail in 1994 where he conducted hundreds of undercover surveillances, stings, “reverse operations”, “buy/bust” operations, search warrant services and arrests. From 1990 to 1997 he conducted over 5,000 criminal investigations in the fields of street gangs, narcotics, auto theft, major fraud, assaults, attempt murders, and criminal conspiracies. He was involved in the arrest and prosecution of over 1,000 persons for these crimes and other special cases to include vice operations, murder for hire schemes, murder, criminal conspiracies, extortion and major insurance fraud. He has testified in criminal court on over 700 occasions.

Since 1997, Detective Nordskog has been assigned to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Arson and Explosives Detail (Bomb Squad). This is one of the largest and most active arson/bomb units in the United States. As of 2011, he has personally conducted over 1,700 fire scene investigations, and arrested over 275 persons for the crime of arson or fraud related to arson. He has testified as an arson/fire expert in criminal and civil court on 60 occasions.

Detective Nordskog has also personally responded to and rendered safe over 400 suspected hazardous devices (bombs).

Detective Nordskog has received over 80 commendations and medals for successful criminal investigations.

Prior to joining the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Ed Nordskog was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served in both active and reserve units from 1979-1990. He attained the rank of Captain. He was assigned as an artillery officer, nuclear weapons specialist and with a terrorist counter action team.

Ed Nordskog has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Bemidji State University (Minnesota). He was a Dean’s List student and named the first “Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice” from that institution in 1982.

He has a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Management from California State University, Long Beach.

Detective Nordskog’s criminal investigations have been featured on various television shows to include “American Detectives”, “L.A. Detectives”, “Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer”, and “North Mission Road”. He has provided consultation and expertise to other shows to include “CSI” and “CSI-Miami”.x