A nuisance call saw Captain Gilbert responding to an Apex teen skateboarding at his home. “I told him he couldn’t skate in his own driveway. That frustrated me and it frustrated him. He asked me, ‘Where am I supposed to skate?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but you have to figure it out.’ When I rode away that didn’t sit well with me. So I drove back to his house and I told him, ‘we’re going to work on this project together’,” said Gilbert. After much discussion over pizza, Jacques and a group of local skateboarders came up with a solution: Apex needed a skatepark. Two years later, the Rodgers Family Skate Plaza is bustling with passionate teens sharing their skills and bonding over the board. In fact, in 2015, Jacques was recognized as a Champion for Change at the White House for positively connecting law enforcement with the community.
Humbled and inspired by the impact his actions had on the community, Jacques wasn’t ready to stop there. Identifying the need to nourish positive connections between the community and police, and recognizing that our police force currently struggles with the humanity of law enforcement, he engineered a program determined to train new police officers to respond to conflict with compassion and respect. This is Blue Lights College. You are the solution.
MAYOR – RETIRED CAPTAIN JACQUES GILBERT
Jacques Gilbert served with the Apex Police Department for 29 years, retiring at the rank of captain. In addition to graduating in the 220th FBI National Academy, he has written three books, is a certified personal trainer, and is the CEO of TheVine919. In 2015, Jacques was recognized by President Obama as a Champion for Change due to his work with the Rodgers Family Skate Plaza in downtown Apex, and he was also recognized by the city with the Community Service Award. And in 2016, Jacques was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Apex Chamber of Commerce. On November 5, 2019, Jacques was elected as Mayor for Town of Apex.
Jacques is also a North Carolina Certified Police Instructor for Subject Control and Arrest Techniques, Unarmed Self-Defense, SPEAR, TASER, Physical Fitness, Rapid Deployment, Officer Survival I, and Officer Survival II.
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