Gordon Goodrow is a retired senior detective with the Lower Paxton Police Department, Harrisburg, PA, Dauphin County. He received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the Lower Paxton Police from 1986 until his retirement in January of 2012.
Detective Goodrow worked three years of patrol, eight years as a fugitive investigator assigned to the U.S. Marshals, and the last fourteen years of his career had been assigned to investigate sex crimes and child exploitation, suspicious deaths, and homicides. He has received extensive training in the areas of sexual assault investigations, child pornography, child abuse, interview and interrogation, and homicide.
Additionally, Detective Goodrow was a hostage negotiator with the Dauphin County Crisis Response Team, a member of the Department of Homeland Security ICE Child Exploitation Task Force, a member of the Dauphin County Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and was a peer counselor for the police department’s employee assistance program.
Detective Goodrow twice received the Police Office of the Year award from the Lower Paxton Police Department, the Pennsylvania Chief’s of Police Career Service Award,The Joe Allegrini Children’s Hero Award, Criminal Investigation Unit citations, U.S. Marshal awards for Operation Capital Fist, Operation Trident, and for his work on the Dauphin County Fugitive Task Force.
Detective Goodrow has presented to various professionals and the community in the areas of forensic and minimal facts interviewing, multidisciplinary team approaches, sexual assault investigations, interview and interrogation, and SAFE examinations. He is also an instructor at the Harrisburg University.
Since January of 2012 Detective Goodrow has been employed as a Special Agent with the PA Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Investigative Services, Computer Forensics Unit.