Gonzalo Jar Couselo

Birth Date: 14th august 1949 (†25th december 2009)
Birth Place: Lérez (Pontevedra)

He spent his childhood on the family house on the banks of River Lérez opposite San Benito de Lérez Monastery. Despite the difficult economical situations of the Galician rural areas in those years, both he and his brother, Gonzalo, could study Secondary Education in Pontevedra and then enter the General Military Academy in Zaragoza.
After spending three years in this Academy and another two more at the Special Academy of the Civil Guard in Madrid, Gonzalo Jar took up his post as lieutenant of the Civil Guard (1972-73) at the Academy of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where he met his wife.
After his brief stay in this small village, he was appointed as chief lieutenant to Pola de Lena (Asturias). Although he had many problems, he always had happy memories of his first destiny, not only because it was his first experience as head of detachment when he was hardly 24 but also because of the difficulties of that mining area with a hard working tradition in the last years of Franco. On 23rd March 1976 he married Mariluz, his wife, at the Romanesque shrine of Santa María de Ervas.
In 1977, Gonzalo Jar he worked in Lugo as the chief lieutenant of Traffic Detachment, where he stayed for two years and two years later he moved to Torrelavega (Cantabria).
In 1979 he moved to Torrelavega (Cantabria) as head captain of the company of this city where his first daughter, Ana, was born in 1980. Then they moved to Guadarrama (Madrid).
He developed his activity as captain teacher first and commander then in the Corporal School of Guadarrama (until 1989) and the School of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (from 1989 to 1993).
In 1984 he graduated in Criminology and began to study Political Sciences and Sociology at the University of Alcalá de Henares. He presented his thesis about the Spanish police model, which would be published by Dykinson in 1995.
In 1993, he promoted to lieutenant colonel and moved to Madrid with his family. From that moment onwards, he started a successful professional career and published many articles and books about police and security, collaborating with several Spanish and foreign universities and educational institutions (Holland, France, Argentina and Dominican Republic).During these years he also formed part of the Centre for Human Rights Law of the Red Cross, which was one of his great passions and let him stay in Mozambique for two months, giving courses to the military commands of that country and in Mexico. He also collaborated as an expert in the trial of the National Audience for José Couso’s death in the Iraq war.
In his position as a Civil Guard, he filled different offices.
He never forgot Galicia, he always took his land in his heart as well as his native language. In the last years of his life, he collaborated with an association for the standardization of Galician language. He took part in numerous meetings and events for the defence of Galician language and culture.
His contributions to the linguistic standardization are collected in “En galego,con toda seguridade” and “En galego, agora e sempre”.
 On two occasions he participated as a member of the panel of the Critic Prizes in Mondariz. In 2009, he sent to Galicia “Viaxe ó fin do mundo”, one of his last works.