From volunteering for the draft, working as a motorcycle cop in Los Angeles, providing security for the royal family of Brunei, to moving to Mount Shasta, officer Frank Goulart said he has enjoyed “a wonderful career.”
“He loves being a police officer,” Mount Shasta Police Chief Parish Cross said of Goulart, who retired Jan. 31 after about 12 years with the MSPD.
Goulart isn’t completely retired. He plans to continue on the reserves and will work as needed.
During an interview, Goulart said his motto is, “If you can help one person every single day, you’ve been successful for that day.”
A 2010 newspaper story reported about Goulart performing a wellness check on a couple in their 70s and finding they were without electricity and heat during a storm. The woman said Goulart didn’t hesitate to help, even paying for gas for their generator with his own money.
Goulart said that while he patrolled at night in Mount Shasta, he often drove people home after they had too much to drink. Once he even rescued a cat stuck under a dryer. He said he has “slim-jim’d” (a tool used to unlock a car door from the outside) and jump-started a lot of cars.
“It’s nice to be able to do that,” he said. “There’s a great sense of satisfaction when you help people.”
Energetic and upbeat, when he smiles his eyes smile too. At 68, Goulart has had many adventures that make being a MSPD officer seem calm.
Although last September when a suspect ran, he chased him a ways before tackling him. After a brief struggle, he subdued the suspect.
“I look at everything as a challenge and a lot of fun,” he said during the interview.
Security in Brunei
Before coming to work at the MSPD, Goulart was in charge of providing security for the royal family of Brunei whenever and wherever they traveled.
Brunei is located on the island of Borneo. It’s a small country, but is oil and natural gas rich. The climate is hot and humid with rainforest jungles, explained Goulart.
The job took him to Europe, Asia, South America, and all over the United States.
He said he organized security in the United States and internationally at airports, hotels, theme parks, concerts, malls, casinos; every where the royal family traveled.
Goulart said the family often traveled with millions of dollars in cash that was part of his job to protect.
“It was a crazy lifestyle,” he said. It involved a lot of travel abroad and a lot of stress.
He hand picked retired police officers for his security teams.
Ensuring every detail concerning the family’s security, their travels, and even accommodating their whims went smoothly required extensive advance work. Goulart said he liaisoned with the airport officials, law enforcement, transportation, lodging, and many organizations to set up security.
When the family attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, his security preparations began a year in advance.
He started working for the Brunei royal family part-time in the late 1980s while working as a security supervisor at the Disneyland Hotel.
One of the Brunei princesses wanted armed services while vacationing at the hotel, and Goulart organized and provided it. It eventually turned into a fulltime job that lasted 10 years.
Goulart said he learned how to do advance security work while working for the Disneyland hotel. During that time he showed the United States secret service around while they performed their advance work in preparation for presidential visits.
Providing security was not a career Goulart sought out. His real passion was being a motorcycle cop.
He said he wanted to be a cop since he was five. A Torrance police sergeant that lived across the street and played baseball with neighborhood kids was a mentor, said Goulart.
From draft volunteer
to motorcycle cop
After graduating high school, Goulart volunteered for the draft and served 19 months, 15 in Korea, where he was sent instead of Vietnam. Driving an armored personnel carrier there “was an adventure!,” he said.
Within days of leaving the Army, he wanted to join the highway patrol. But, he said, they were done testing, so he went to the Los Angeles Police Department. He started the police academy in Oct 1969.
Before becoming a motorcycle cop, he was assigned to a foot-beat on skid row at night.
“It was an eye opener for a young police officer, working with the older beat cops.”
He said he learned you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, to treat people with respect, and to let them maintain their dignity no matter what the situation.
He recalls arresting an old World War II bomber crewman who was homeless on skid row. “When he was sober we’d have a conversation. This guy talked about a bombing mission over Germany.”
Goulart said the man knew the plane, the crew members and how many planes were shot down. Years later, Goulart said he saw a documentary about the raid and, “It was like the man could have written the script.”
“You never know what life experience other people have,” he said.
Eventually he became a motorcycle cop. He said it was an adrenaline rush, interesting, and exciting. He loved the camaraderie.
“As motor cops you were on call for any unusual occurrences,” he said. And Los Angeles was “action packed.”
After attending the funeral of another officer, Goulart invested $50 into a bullet-proof vest. The department didn’t issue vests at the time. Nine months later he was shot during a traffic stop. The bullet hit his name tag and indented 5/8 inch into the vest. He said he spun around, but didn’t get knocked down. After a gun battle, the suspect finally gave up.
He said his claim to fame is that he’s the first cop to get shot wearing a bullet proof vest. After that, the LAPD did research and began providing their officers with vests.
Goulart’s career as a motorcycle cop ended just nine years after it began. While on duty, he was struck by a car on the freeway. Seriously injured, with multiple broken bones, it took a year to recover.
Goulart said he was “medically pensioned off,” ending his career. He said he was 32 years old and devastated.
“That’s all I ever wanted to do was be a police officer, and motors was the ultimate job for me,” he said.
Married with two children, he said he frantically looked for another job, because he wanted to work.
Eventually, through friendships he made on the LAPD, he began working at the Disneyland hotel.
Goulart said he’s always had two jobs and a landscape business. He would attend college classes whenever he could and jokes that he’s got enough college credit for two BAs.
He finished his AA at College of the Siskiyous in Criminal Adminstration when he first moved here more than 20 years ago. He said he plans to get his bachelor’s degree now that he’s retired.
While rehab’ing after his motorcycle accident, Goulart took up scuba diving. One of his first plans is traveling to the Cayman Islands with his 12 year-old granddaughter who wants to become a certified scuba diver.
Goulart also enjoys target shooting and landscaping.
He’s been married to his second wife, Judi, for 34 years. She’s a “phenomenal lady” he said. “She put up with this stuff.”
He said if he could, he’d still be a motorcycle cop in LA. “That’s my passion. I loved it.”
At 68, Goulart was one of only 178 officers in the state of California still in active service at age 68 or older. There are approximately 80,000 active officers in the state, and most retire at a younger age, according to CA Peace Officer Standards and Training Public Information Officer Dave Althausen.