Lt. Richard Goerling

Lt. Richard Goerling, TEDxWashingtonSquare, 10.15.16

LT. RICHARD GOERLING has served in civilian law enforcement for twenty years, including 27 years in the United States Coast Guard before retiring at the rank of Commander in 2015. He’s held both federal and municipal level positions and has served as a criminal investigator, patrol officer, detective, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, and currently serves as a patrol lieutenant in Hillsboro, Oregon. Over the last decade, Richard has spearheaded the introduction of mindfulness training into policing in the United States as part of a larger cultural transformation toward a compassionate, skillful and resilient warrior ethos. He also serves as an affiliate assistant professor at Pacific University, where he participates in mindfulness training and research, and holds an adjunct faculty position at Portland Community College teaching in the Criminal Justice program, where he developed a groundbreaking curriculum titled Leading Resilience.