The 59-year-old is the Chief of Police for the Metropolis of Tusculum, a self-defense teacher, and a constitutional regulation lecturer.
Earlier than his regulation enforcement profession Greene was the son of a preacher transferring from state to state as his father adopted his calling. After graduating highschool, Greene seemed towards the army. When a full-time job provide got here for promotions director on the native TV station, he accepted and stayed in Greeneville.
Greene entered regulation enforcement as a reserve officer with the Greene County Sheriff’s Division whereas nonetheless working on the TV station. He went on to work safety at Takoma Hospital and joined the Tusculum Police Division earlier than getting employed full-time by the Sheriff’s Division.
Whereas with the Sheriff’s Division, Greene served on the SWAT group and pursued DUI arrests whereas on patrol. Returning to Tusculum in 2000, Greene turned Chief in 2006, the place he continues to serve at this time.
Obsessed with his work, Greene was motivated to cut back drunk drivers after the 1993 tragedy that took the lives of 5 native teenagers. That night time Greene was on obligation with the Sheriff’s division when the radio name requested he name the station. Nicely earlier than cell telephones have been commonplace difficulty, Greene and his companion stopped at a payphone to get the information in regards to the 5 teenagers. Greene and his companion spent the rest of the night time notifying the households of the loss of life of their family members.
Rising up, Greene went together with his father to provide loss of life notifications and knew how tough it’s for the households. Nevertheless, giving these 5 notifications and studying he and the motive force who struck the teenager’s automobile shared the identical identify, “Danny Greene,” gave him an indication he felt he couldn’t ignore.
Greene felt at that second, “Lord, if you’re making an attempt to inform me one thing, right here am I, ship me.”
This turned Greene’s motivational second, why he goes to work daily.
Later Greene was invited to be a part of the College students In opposition to Damaging Choices, previously College students In opposition to Driving Drunk, program at South Greene Excessive College. The chance to vary a pupil’s doubtlessly poor choice about consuming and driving motivates him. He’s additionally there to supply a constructive affect on the scholars’ lives.
Along with his work with the SADD program Greene additionally instructs lessons for rape prevention and church security groups inside the neighborhood.
“One factor this about this job, you’ll by no means know who’s life you impacted, however I can let you know what number of you impacted for those who by no means tried,” Greene stated.
Considered one of Greene’s different passions is defensive techniques within the type of martial arts he teaches on the police academy. He’s an authorized teacher in Krav Maga and Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, utilized in self-defense to complete an altercation rapidly.
Greene teaches from the standpoint not simply to outlive the encounter however to win it. He factors out the officer can survive the encounter, however asks, “What’s their high quality of life if they’re injured within the course of.”
“I’ve to win that encounter and are available out the opposite aspect, sturdy,” Greene stated, referring to the mindset that an officer must return to his or her household unhurt.
Greene can quote constitutional regulation, a topic he teaches on the police academy, as fluidly as he can quote scripture. Simply as essential because the bodily expertise of regulation enforcement, understanding constitutional regulation, which supplies the facility to ascertain and implement the legal guidelines, is important to being an efficient regulation enforcement officer.
Staying updated with the adjustments to the regulation requires fixed research. Greene says clever folks have libraries and everybody else has big-screen TVs.
The Tusculum Police Division has the duty to “defend and serve” the 4.4 square-mile neighborhood. Greene takes that personally.
“These are the folks we see inside our metropolis,” Greene stated. “Elementary faculty, center faculty, highschool, college, that could be a main duty.”
“We all know defend; we’re daddies, we’re grandfathers, we’re husbands and wives. We have now that defending half down as a result of we defend our household,” Inexperienced defined.
The “serve” half, Greene identified, is to be humble.
Recognizing the privilege of what he does, he considers himself a shepherd. It’s about defending his flock.
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