Thaddeus Gamory is a retired Police Lieutenant from the New York City Police Department. A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC, with a degree in Public and Government Administration. He was a Certified New York State Police Instructor and held positions in the NYPD Police Academy: member of the Executive Development Program – Trainer/Coordinator, Chair of the Social Sciences Department, Commanding Officer Management Training Unit, Police Cadet Corps Training Coordinator. He was also assigned as Platoon Commander, Midtown Precinct North (includes Times Square). He was and is currently a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
During his time with the NYPD, he routinely practiced forms of meditation and mindfulness, such as Tai Chi, and was an avid basketball player, triathlete and a competitive swimmer. He was a certified New York City Public School Mentor for at-risk-youth, and Program Coordinator for a Mentoring Program for Boys called Hoop-Brothers. After an undercover assignment with the Organized Crime Control Bureau, where his life was threatened and his cover blown, he began experiencing symptoms of PTSD, but recovered on his own initially, only for a few years later to have the symptoms return. With the support of a mentor, he was able to enroll in Law School. When the symptoms returned again, he dropped out and started attending professional counseling, experiencing a process of growth and healing, and was working on returning to Law School.
Then the attack on the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001, happened, triggering a slow but deep slide into depression and a collection of PTSD Symptoms. Thaddeus moved to Broward County Florida in 2003 with a focus on healing and recovering from PTSD and a new challenge, lyme disease. He gained certifications as: Wholistic Health Educator, Swimming/Triathlon/Running/ Cycling Coach/ Instructor, Qigong Instructor, Advanced Scuba Diver and Lifeguard. He is the Director of Community Engagement and Programs for Diversity in Aquatics and the President of the SWIMS Foundation, a member of the Drowning Prevention Taskforce of Broward County, as well as the Founder – Mind Body Aquatics and the Blue-Mindfulness Training method (a trauma informed anxiety sensitive approach to gaining wellness through water). He is also a Certified SMART Recovery Meeting/Family and Friends Facilitator. After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Thaddeus seized the opportunity to be of service to the traumatized residents and communities of Broward County, and registered for the Center for The Mind Body Medicine training, and is now Certified with CMBM. The CMBM training and facilitating Mind Body Skills Groups, has accelerated his personal healing and he has seen “post traumatic growth”, with an invigorated sense of direction and purpose.