The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences will present “When the Shooting Stops: The Hidden Effects on Police Officers” on Tuesday, March 28. Featured speakers include Staff Sergeant Jason Burgess, Oklahoma City Police Department; Greg Giltner, Chief of Police, Oklahoma Christian University; and Staff Sergeant Cody Koelsch, Oklahoma City Police Department. The presentation is open to the public at no charge and will take place in the Shepler Ballroom and start at 9 a.m. Police officers who attend are eligible to receive two hours of mental health CLEET continuing education credit.
Each of the three guest speakers has been involved in deadly force incidents. Giltner, Burgess and Koelsch will share personal experiences involving deadly force incidents and the everlasting impact that those encounters has had on their lives.
Burgess, a Staff Sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Department, has been a police officer since 2003. He has worked in Patrol, Training, plain-clothes assignments, and law enforcement peer support. He was shot in the line of duty in 2014 during a traffic stop. Burgess’ primary teaching specialties are surviving critical incidents and coping with the stress of law enforcement. He travels statewide and assists first responders that have been in critical incidents. Burgess was awarded the Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Medal of Valor, and two Life Saving Awards. He is a graduate of the Oklahoma City Police Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southwestern College.
Giltner served on the Oklahoma City Police Department for more than 26 years before retiring in 2015. He was in the Patrol Division for 12 years, serving as a Field Training Officer for eight years. He worked in the Hit and Run unit for three years before transferring to the department’s peer support unit, where he served as the coordinator. In 2011, he was asked by the Chief of Police to serve as the department's full- time Chaplain, becoming the first commissioned officer to serve in that capacity. Giltner was involved in several critical incidents during his tenure with OCPD. In August 1991, he was involved in a fatality wreck with a drunk pedestrian, and in 1992, while training a recruit, was involved in a deadly force when a person armed with a 14-inch butcher knife attacked him and his rookie partner. Giltner is a Master Trainer for a suicide intervention organization, senior chaplain in Oklahoma and an instructor for a critical stress management organization. He currently serves as the Chief of Police for Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.
A police officer since 2006, Koelsch is a Sergeant with the Oklahoma City Police Department. He has worked in patrol out of the Santa Fe Division his entire career. He is a firearms instructor, member of the department’s pistol team, commander of the department’s honor guard unit and a team leader for the departments peer support group. Koelsch has been involved in two critical incidents while with OCPD. In August 2013, he was involved in an officer-involved shooting while training a new officer. In October 2014, he was shot twice while investigating a kidnapping call. Koelsch is the recipient of the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor. He was also inducted into the Safariland Saves Club as Save #1903 and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Dupont Survivors Club. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University-OKC with an associate’s degree in Police Science.
“When the Shooting Stops: The Hidden Effects on the Officer” is the third presentation of CU’s Justice For All speaker series. The forum is sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies and is made possible by the GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
March 21, 2017