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3 Cops Talk - Rebuilding Community Trust
59 minutes | Aug 11, 2022
89: Mo' Problems, Mo' Money - Understanding On-Call Pay for the Police
Recently, a 12-member jury delivered a verdict against officers of the Louisville (Kentucky) Metro Police Department's SWAT team. The lawsuit was filed by the officers in 2016 and sought millions of dollars of back pay for "on-call" time, dating back to 2002. The case garnered much attention in the police world based upon its potential impact to work-life balance, as well as the ability for officers to obtain additional compensation for special skills and assignments while in service to their communities.To help listeners better understand the concept of police officer on-call pay, the guys discuss some of the common conditions that officers are paid to be “off duty” but still on “standby” for public safety emergencies.They also provide some of their personal experiences, compensation expectations and further discuss some of the possible implications created by the jury’s decision.
56 minutes | Aug 4, 2022
88: The Warrior vs. Guardian Cop
This week, the boys from 3CT provide some personal perspectives regarding the ongoing debate surrounding police officers acting as either “guardians” or “warriors” in service to their communities. They discuss the concepts associated with each mindset and how they don’t necessarily need to be mutually exclusive. They also offer sone thoughts on how a proper balance of the two may help to better address the modern challenges faced by both the police and the communities that they serve.
47 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
87: Limitless Momentum with Officer Ariana Stone
3CT meets with a fellow cop that literally puts her challenging experiences as a police officer to the aid of communities that we all serve. The guys have an entertaining conversation with Entrepreneur and Police Officer, Ariana Stone, about how she formed a clothing line that donates a percentage of its earnings to the mental health community. Officer Stone hopes to shed light on a long-standing factor that impacts everyone by asking the question that's common among cops; “Are You Good?” In an attempt to meaningfully answer that question, 3CT looks to further promote her message and her clothing brand of Limitless Momentum. https://www.limitlessmomentum.co/ Check it out, purchase some product and support the cause!
55 minutes | Jul 21, 2022
86: How Dare You…..
Chris and Shaun discuss how the perpetual “culture of offense” impacts the current state of our deeply divided society. Initially, they provide examples of how often innocuous events and words can be contaminated through the low-level triggers of offense that often distract us from the real issues. Later in the conversation, they cover how common it has become for the mere indication of “offense” allows for misinformation to grow and eventually destroy logical responses during any debate. Finally, they consider how “offense” has led to the lack of responsibility that all citizens should have in seeking individual responsibility and self-improvement, to remain engaged and informed, as well as a willingness to compromise.
55 minutes | Jul 14, 2022
85: Then and Now: Starting Over As a Cop
Starting over as a cop can be challenging, but for many officers, it’s a great way to grow both professionally and personally. After retiring with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, Chris and Shaun discuss their decisions to relocate from the Chicago area and to continue their police careers in the southeastern United States. Chris details his second run at field training and how he now approaches the process as an accomplished “rookie.” As a recent police applicant, Shaun discusses the many current differences in the police officer recruiting and screening process versus those practiced in the late 90’s. Whether you’re on the job and considering an agency switch or are just interested in knowing how officers deal with such a significant change, this show is a great listen.
58 minutes | Jul 9, 2022
84: Leadership Through Crisis
On this week’s show, Chris and Shaun welcome back Retired Chief Tony Pustizzi (Episode 58): https://www.buzzsprout.com/1342087/episodes/9698408 Chief Pustizzi discusses some of the reported leadership issues associated with the tragic school shooting that occurred at the Robb Elementary School on May 24th, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. Chief Pustizzi’s shares his unique and unfortunate experiences in the realm of school shooter response to shed some better light on some of the crisis leadership that is now impacting modern policing. Chief Tony Pustizzi (Ret.) began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 1988. Over his 30-year tenure, he supervised every unit within the agency with a strong emphasis on investigations, including homicide and special victims. Tony served on the SWAT team for 15 years where the last eight he was team commander. Tony rose through the ranks to ultimately become chief of police in 2012. He also served as the city’s interim city manager and retired in March 2018 as the chief of police/deputy city manager. In January 2019, Tony came out of retirement to serve as the special counsel to the new sheriff of Broward County upon his appointment by the governor of the state of Florida. During the school massacre on February 14, 2018, where a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and killed 17 innocent people and injured another 17 students, Chief Pustizzi, along with members of his agency, arrived at the school within minutes of being notified and was instrumental in organizing a complex law enforcement approach, including stopping and capturing the killer and extracting victims from within the school was initiated. Tony now conducts trainings nationwide on school and workplace violence preparedness as he is a firm believer that seconds save lives and can attest that the Hero911 app for police would have alerted his officers minutes earlier, possibly saving lives during the incident he was directly involved in. Resources/Links/Websites: https://fourstarstrategies.com email@example.com
47 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
83: Hot Sauce, Summer in the City
This week’s stranger-than-fiction-dispatch finds the boys from 3CT addressing a real-world call involving the unreasonable use of a particularly spicy condiment on a subject’s body part that should normally garner a significant expectation of privacy. The guys then discuss their favorite season- Riot season! The warmer summer weather often lends itself to more civil unrest, with a higher frequency of mass gatherings and the unhinged rhetoric that regularly accompanies modern political discontent. As of late, both the police and public seem conflicted when considering the appropriate response to this type of destructive and dangerous mob violence. Resident subject matter expert, Sergeant Scott, covers some of the realities of dealing with violent civil unrest, as well as the current police responses to both lawful and unlawful mass gatherings.
61 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
82: The Buck Stops There and the Pride in Exclusion
After opening with another “Stranger-Than-Fiction Dispatch,” the guys from 3CT offer their thoughts on the Uvalde (Texas) School Police Chief’s first public statements regarding the tragic school shooting that occurred at the Robb Elementary School on May 24th, 2022. They provide a line-level cop’s point of view regarding the Chief’s deflecting statements surrounding both his individual and agency’s actions during the incident. They close with the confusing trend of risking public safety by excluding uniformed police officers from many Gay Pride Parades across the United States. Despite many of the event organizer’s heralded mantra of “acceptance and inclusion for all,” the police are often placed in the precarious position of attempting to provide community outreach, safety and security for events where organizers often publicly denounce the mere presence of the police.
54 minutes | Jun 16, 2022
81: A Democracy, While It Lasts...
On this episode, all of the boys get together and respond to a “stranger-than-fiction dispatch” to humorously illustrate the all-too-common calls that police officers regularly receive. The conversation then transitions to the dangers of society’s selective indifference surrounding the regular murder of police officers and how that type of threat to a civil society likely won’t end there. They discuss how the unhealthy political divisions in America are undermining democracy as illustrated through the violent harassment of elected officials and planned violence against judges. The boys close with how folks shouldn’t think that the current quality of life issues that may create a “red wave” in the U.S. mid-term congressional elections will provide any real solutions without the involvement of rational players. They stress the need to stay informed, stay engaged and come together in helping to responsibly solve the problems that if left unresolved, could further undermine our Republic.
51 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
80: The Uvalde Shooting, and Orlando Podfest Update
On this episode, Chris and Shaun discuss their experiences at Podfest 2022 in Orlando, Florida and also how the full story from the tragic Uvalde, Texas school Shooting has yet to be told. They also ponder why we can’t seem to stay focused long enough to present viable solutions, rooted in common sense and cooperation, to better address these problems.
52 minutes | May 24, 2022
79: 2 Cops Vent
On this episode, Scott and Shaun lampoon some current events that are likely distracting us from the more pressing issues truly facing our society. They air some of their personal and professional frustrations but also point a way forward through these trying days.
63 minutes | May 12, 2022
78: “Hopecasting” with Rachel Flick
On this episode, Scott and Shaun welcome to 3CT, mother, widowed police wife, writer, counselor and fellow podcast host, Rachel Flick. Rachel discusses her on-going inspirational journey through grief and emotional growth due to the loss of her husband, Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick of the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office. Rachel also provides a realistic and frank example of resilience to anyone that has experienced any tragedy or hardship. Rachael tragically lost her husband of ten years on February 5, 2018. Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a car thief. Now a young widow with two young children, Rachael is walking through her own journey of grief while challenging others to persevere and triumph through great loss. A professional therapist, Rachael speaks poignantly about the internal transformation necessary to restore a divided nation. Always resilient and able to find humor even in hardship, Rachael weaves hope and laughter into every message. Resources/Links/Websites: www.rachaelflick.com https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-hopecast-with-rachael-flick/id1530321428 firstname.lastname@example.org
64 minutes | May 2, 2022
77: Criminal Justice Course Correction?
This week’s episode of 3CT has the guys discussing the confusing lack of incessant media coverage of two recent high-profile and concerning incidents related to crime and police accountability. They also delve into the realities we currently face with the now politically liable “anti-police” and “soft-on-crime” positions and what it may take to bring policing to the proper place it belongs in a safe and free society. They also answer a listener’s questions and talk about their favorite “disguises.”
56 minutes | Apr 22, 2022
76: Discussing The Grand Rapids Shooting, with Dave Smith
Renowned police trainer, Dave Smith, rejoins 3CT to provide some perspective on the officer involved shooting of Patrick Loyoya in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dave discusses the need to consider all of the circumstances beyond the often inaccurate and harmful media narratives of policing and race in America. He helps to shed light on some of the possible issues that surround these unfortunate circumstances and what may be done to help avoid future police/civilian encounters of a similar nature. Full video of the incident: https://youtu.be/inuQELf75lo
7 minutes | Apr 16, 2022
75: 3 Cops Talk Show Updates!
Shaun provides us with some quick programming notes for the state of the podcast, recognizes our 911 Dispatchers and acknowledges the need to further discuss the officer involved shooting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also does a horrible impression of Marlon Brando as Colonel Kurtz from the film Apocalypse Now. Check it out, then catch up on some old episodes and leave us a rating and review. Click here: 1. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/3-cops-talk-rebuilding-community-trust/id1538638452 2. Once iTunes has loaded, scroll to 'Ratings and Reviews'. 3. Click on the text 'Write a review' 4. Enter your feedback in the space provided and leave us a 5 star rating You can also send us a note at email@example.com Thanks for listening!
55 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
74: The Power of Perspective, with Sergeant Bob Christopherson
This episode reunites the guys from 3CT with their long-time police academy friend, Sergeant Bob Christopherson. Bob is a veteran police officer that recounts how he and his wife weathered the premature birth of their twin daughters, the significant health issues his family faced throughout, and the eventual passing of one of the twins. Bob chronicles both the tragedy and the triumphs that he and his wife experienced and how they widened their “family” and became more resilient in the process. He also discusses how the profession helped him to prepare for the harsh realities of their circumstances. It’s a truly moving episode that will give any listener better perspective on dealing with adversity and an excellent example of how resiliency can be built through gratitude.
0 minutes | Mar 26, 2022
73: Avoiding Financial Scams
This week, the guys from 3CT discuss the methodology of some of the most common financial scams and how to avoid them. They also offer some insight and experience on how and who the criminals target when committing financial fraud. Tax season in the United States opens an annual window of opportunity for financial criminals worldwide, so this show is a must listen! Check it out and leave us your thoughts at: firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.justice.gov/archives/stopfraud-archive/elder-fraud-and-financial-exploitation https://ovc.ojp.gov/program/stop-elder-fraud/providing-help-restoring-hopehttps://www.financialforce.com/library/a-guide-to-protecting-yourself-from-financial-scams/
49 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
72: What’s the Deal with Confrontations?
This week’s episode is a mix of nostalgia and commentary that covers the expanse of grand-parental interior design, dentistry and the need to return to a balanced approach of dealing with violence and human confrontation. The boys also discuss how some of the conditions of our current social construct have helped to remove the realities of accountability and simply “doing what’s right.” There’s also audio confirmation of the existence of the third wife! It’s a less than traditional show that is worth your time and your feedback. Give it a listen and then send your thoughts to: email@example.com
59 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
71: The Blue Divide with Author Will Moravits
On this week’s episode, the boys from 3CT talk with former police officer, author and professor Will Moravits about his recently published book, The Blue Divide; Policing and Race in America. Will discusses his police roots, his eventual transition to academia and some of his experiences from both of these often-polarized worlds. He hopes to better educate the public and the police on the facts behind some of the most controversial cases involving race and policing in the United States. Much like his life and book, this show is a down-to-earth conversation with Will that helps to bridge the gap between people and the police. Resources/Links/Websites: The Blue Divide: Policing and Race in America - Will Moravits - Google BooksWill Moravits is a professor of political science for Alamo Community Colleges and Texas State University. For three years, he was a police officer for the City of San Marcos, Texas, having graduated Top Cadet from the Basic Training Academy of University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master of arts in political science from Texas State University and a PhD in public policy and administration from Walden University. He is a native of Uvalde, Texas.
62 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
70: The Difficult Conversation about Police Suicide
On this episode, Scott and Shaun welcome Officer “Sus” to begin the difficult conversation surrounding police suicide. Sus and the boys discuss some of the conditions both inside and outside of the profession that, in some cases, places police officers at a 60% higher chance of taking their own lives than any other profession. Police Officers also die by their own hands at twice the rate they do by that of violent offenders. In the United States, Police Officers in small to midsize agencies will witness approximately 188 critical incidents during a 20-year career, while the average person only experiences 1 in their lifetime. Sus is a cop that comes from a family whose history is steeped in law enforcement, so he understands this problem both historically and from the current conditions that the police face. He offers credible experience, study and advice regarding this often-ignored fixture of the profession. He also discusses some of the more effective tools, such as Peer Support, that are currently being utilized within the profession to help remove the stigma of asking for help. If you or a police officer that you know needs help with depression, PTS or thoughts of suicide, please visit the following resources: https://bluehelp.org/. https://www.copline.orgIf you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org Guest Bio: Sus, is a graduate of two police academies and has achieved the honor of being a top academic recruit. During his 11 years as a police officer, he has been awarded 3 Life-Saving Awards, 3 Department Commendations, over 80 Honorable Mentions and a Violence Reduction Award. He has also worked in various districts in a major municipality in Illinois, serving in tactical and robbery teams, gang enforcement and as an undercover narcotics investigator. After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University, Sus is also a Graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received a Master’s Degree in Threat and Response Management. He also serves as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Bastion Emergency Consultants. https://bastionemergencyconsultants.com/
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