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A veteran of the Washington, D.C. Capitol Police, Gary Goines set his sights on The Chicago School as a way to delve into the psychology of why good people do bad things.

For three decades, Gary Goines was the man behind the badge. He protected members of Congress and other dignitaries. He ran the U.S. Congress Speaker of the House security detail.

And he worked as a supervisory special agent with the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.

gary goines“It was at The Chicago School that I started working on an active shooter study, which has since inspired me to write a book about active shooters and individual warning signs,” says Goines, who completed his degree online while continuing to work for U.S. Capitol Police’s Containment Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Goines’ ongoing research on active shooters is a timely topic, one that he sees as an opportunity to give back—both by providing recommendations for mental health care to potential offenders and also helping to educate the public about how troubled individuals can get help before a situation goes too far.

Today, Goines is retired from the U.S. Capitol Police and works as a private consultant. He is often tapped to speak at panels about the psychology of active shooters. He also works as an adjunct professor at The Chicago School.

“For 30 years, the U.S. Capitol Police was my family. Now The Chicago School is my family, too,” explains Goines, who remains involved in The American Psychological AssociationThe American Society of Criminology, and The International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology.

“As an alumnus, my goal is to bring us together and help to assist other alumni after graduation,” he says. “I look forward to giving back to the institution that has given me so much.”

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