- Adjunct Professor
- School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Omaha, NE 68182-0149
- 6001 Dodge Street, 218 CPACS
EducationMS, Public Administration, Bellevue University
Professional Experience and Expertise
Greg Gonzalez is an Omaha native whose 24-year (and counting) professional law enforcement career has led him to the deputy chief position of the 900+ sworn officer Omaha Police Department. He serves on numerous policing and community governing boards.
Greg launched his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, where he worked uniformed patrol and on a federal narcotics task force. He transferred to the Omaha Police Department in 1995 and has worked in two of the police department’s most high profile units, the gang unit and undercover narcotics unit.
Among Greg’s previous leadership roles: commander of the Traffic Unit, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau’s Investigations Unit. As deputy police chief, Greg is assigned to the Executive Services Bureau, where he oversees the Training Unit and Crime Prevention Unit and School Resource Program. Greg oversees the department’s Research and Planning Unit, and is responsible for maintaining its CALEA certification. He oversees the hiring of new police recruits.
In addition to attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Greg is an adjunct police academy instructor and has taught over 300 Omaha police recruits Command Spanish. Greg is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Major City Chiefs of Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI). Greg is also an adjunct instructor at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he teaches criminal justice courses. Greg was recognized by his alma mater as a distinguished alumnus.
Active in the Omaha community where he was raised, Greg serves on many governing boards, including the Midwest Mentoring Project (MMP) and the Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.). Greg is a past president of the Nebraska Chapter of the National Latino Police Officers Association (NLPOA). P.A.C.E. sponsors the free youth soccer and baseball program that serves over 4,000 youth in the summer months, a time when at-risk youth are most vulnerable. Greg is a supporter of community outreach efforts and understands the importance of mentoring youth and building tomorrow’s future.
For his work, Greg has received awards including: the high intensity drug trafficking case of the year award; police sergeant and captain of the month; Project Extra Mile law enforcement officer award of excellence in 2010. He was selected as Omaha’s Latino of the year in 2012 for his participation in the department’s police athletic league. Greg was recently awarded for his community service “above and beyond the call of duty” for his work with area youth. In 2018 Greg received the “Living the Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. award for his service to the Omaha community.