Richard Goerling

Richard has served in civilian law enforcement for over twenty years. 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.

A member of the United States Coast Guard for 27 years, both active and reserve, Richard retired in 2015 at the rank of Commander while assigned to Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC. His early active-duty tours include serving as a deck watch officer and law enforcement officer aboard a high endurance cutter, and as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s maritime law enforcement academy. He left active-duty to pursue a civilian police career. After September 11, 2001 he was recalled to active-duty for two years serving as an intelligence officer. He had the privilege of serving as a strategic planner during the nation’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill within the National Incident Command at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

He serves as an affiliate assistant professor at Pacific University and participates in mindfulness training and research at this institution. Richard also holds an adjunct faculty position at Portland Community College teaching in the Criminal Justice program. There he developed groundbreaking curriculum, titled "Leading Resilience".

Article, "Mindful Policing", in Mindful Magazine.


Richard completed the year-long facilitator training at the University of California at Los Angeles Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) under the direction of Diana Winston, Dr. Susan Smalley, and Dr. Marvin Belzer. Richard regularly trains athletes in mindfulness at StrengthFarm, a Portland Crossfit community. He regularly gives talks to groups in healthcare & medicine, public safety and the private sector.

Richard continues to train and speak about resiliency for first responders around the nation and has recently developed a weekend mindfulness immersion training for first responders. He facilitates a social media presence at and has a history of published academic and professional work. He is an avid swimmer and meditator, and a contented introvert that enjoys time with his family to recharge.

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