Gary Green, a retired member of the Victoria Police Department (1973-2001) retiring as the sergeant in charge of the Forensic Identification Section. During his career he served in Patrol, Traffic, Forensic Identification, and Joint Forces Operations. For the last two years of his service he was the Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the department working to bring First Nations and the Victoria Police into partnership.
Gary was also involved as a resource person for alcohol issues with members seeking assistance. During his police service he has been awarded the Canada 125 medal, 2 Police Recognition Awards presented by the Lt. Governor of BC – one for the Wilderness Youth Program and one for the Aboriginal Awareness Program, Award of Excellence from the Canadian Center for Police Race Relations, and the Police Exemplary Service Medal.
After retirement Gary obtained a Masters in Applied Communication at Royal Roads University. He then became contract faculty at the Justice Institute of BC teaching Aboriginal Justice, Diversity Skills for Law Enforcement, and Business Communications in the Law Enforcement Studies Diploma Program.
Gary innovative teaching utilizes ventriloquism, storytelling, and field trips to develop the emotional intelligence of students so they could better understand the social issues facing Canada’s First Nations and marginalized people. For these innovations Gary was awarded the Instructor of the Year for 2010. HE presently teaches an Introduction to Policing course at North Island College in Courtenay, BC.
Gary’s goal as a teacher and presenter is to bring awareness regarding the effects of alcohol abuse and wellness in first responders. Gary in his policing career has experienced depression, alcohol abuse, and issues related to PSTD. What saved him from the downward spiral is his connection to nature through photography, First Nation’s spirituality, and storytelling.
Our police officers receive tremendous amounts of training in the use of force and street survival. What is lacking in police training is soul survival – surviving the job physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. The sad reality is many police officers die from their own hand and they are the forgotten fallen.
Gary’s Web Site: Soul Survival – A Police Officer’s Journey