Gerald W. Garner is Chief of Police of the Greeley
Police Department (Colorado). He is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement, having commenced his policing
career as a patrolman at the Victoria, Texas Police Department in 1969. He spent 30 years with the nationally
acknowledged Lakewood, Colorado Police Department, retiring at the rank of division chief in 2003. He then
went on to become the Chief of Police for the Fort Lupton Police Department (Colorado), and now, the Chief of Police for the
Greeley Police Department.
Chief Gerald Garner has amassed extensive experience
in grass-roots policing. In addition to his work as a patrol officer, he has served as a patrol sergeant,
detective supervisor, patrol watch commander, crime prevention and public information specialist, academy director internal
affairs commander, and patrol division chief.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author of over 200 magazine
and journal articles on law enforcement topics. Many of the articles address officer safety subjects.
He has also authored six books on policing. He instructs widely and has served as a guest lecturer
at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy at Quantico, Virginia and for the International Association
for Chiefs of Police.
Chief Gerald Garner is the author of Surviving
the Street: Officer Safety and Survival Techniques; Common Sense Police Supervision: Practical Tips for the First-Line Leader;
Chief, the Reporters Are Here: The Police Executive's Personal Guide to Press Relations; High Risk Patrol: Reducing the
Danger to You; Police Role in Alcohol-Related Crises; and, Police supervision: A common sense approach.
About the Greeley Police Department
Public Safety was addressed in Greeley in 1871 with the establishment of a
police force under the leadership of its first Police Chief, S.B. Wright. Today,
the Greeley Police Department has more than 205 sworn and civilian employees. In October, 2006, the department received an
award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for its participation in Neighborhood Building Blocks, a city-wide
program aimed at solving neighborhood quality of life problems with the help of the residents of those same neighborhoods.
According to their Chief of Police, “The department's sworn and civilian
employees serve our customers via special assignments and well as the more "traditional" police roles. GPD maintains a SWAT
team, bomb unit, traffic enforcement team, and a group of dedicated Victim Assistance employees and volunteers. We staff an
E911 Call and Dispatch Center for the entire county in cooperation with the Weld County Sheriff's Office. We participate in
both drug and gang task forces. And we are active state-wide in police professional groups and committees.”