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34 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
E26 | Out of Ammunition
“OUT OF AMMUNITION” That is the quote to the news media that Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Florida is best known for in law enforcement circles. He is our special guest on this week’s episode. Sheriff Judd has a fascinating back ground with more than 40 years on the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He has been on the national news and highlighted as a true “law and order” Sheriff with a common sense approach to law enforcement, always with the public’s safety in mind. As he begins his 17th year as Sheriff of Polk County, Sheriff Judd’s leadership skills and willingness to work together with his community has allowed him to shape Polk County Sheriff’s Office into a state of the art model. Cannot help but love this man. We could use more like him. ENJOY!
46 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
E25 | Jerry Sherridan for Maricopa County Sheriff
Republican Candidate for Maricopa County Sheriff, Jerry Sheridan, is undoubtedly the most qualified candidate in the race this year. Beginning his career with Maricopa Sheriff’s Office as an 18 year old Corrections Officer, Jerry Sheridan worked his way up through the ranks to the position Chief Deputy and recently retired after more than 40 years with MCSO. This podcast will give you an insight into the passion and commitment Jerry has for not only the Maricopa Sheriffs’ Office, but for the safety of the citizens of Maricopa County as well. I am behind Jerry Sheridan 100%. After you hear just some of his qualifications I am sure you will be as well.
39 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
E24 | Who's Got Your Back with Jim Fotis
WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK? In today’s anti-law enforcement atmosphere, a police officer can be fired, charged with a crime, and basically be “thrown under the bus” by the very system he is trying to protect and serve. Our guest today is JIM FOTIS, a retired New York police officer who is now president of the National Center for Police Defense (NCPD).NCPD is a nonprofit organization that not only provides legal defense funding for police officers, but assists them with the financial burdens of being fired, forced to relocate their family for safety concerns, emotional issues, etc. JIM FOTIS can be reached at www.nationalcenterforpolicedefense.com
40 minutes | Aug 28, 2020
E23 | Officer Keegan DeShontel with Scottsdale Mounted Patrol PD!
Scottsdale Police Department Mounted Patrol Officer Keegan DeShotel is our guest today on the “Boys in Blue” podcast. Officer DeShotel can be found on his trusted steed, ‘Sir Aiden’, most weekend nights patrolling the night life scene in Old Town Scottsdale. So what is it like to be a Mounted Patrol Police Officer? Listen in as Officer DeShotel relates the patient training that goes into producing an effective Mounted Patrol Unit.
38 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
E22 | Law Enforcement Move
Retired San Bernardino Reserve Deputy Sheriff Dr. Paul Chabot is the founder of the real estate relocation company, “Law Enforcement Move”. Dr. Chabot’s background in law enforcement has given him a special insight into the many challenges our police officers face when serving in the far left, anti-police culture of many of our Democratic led cities. “Law Enforcement Move” assist police officers in relocating to more conservative, police friendly communities in 40 different states across the country where they can live, work, and raise their families in a safer, police friendly, conservative atmosphere. Dr. Chabot,s actions tell the real story of his commitment to law enforcement officers and their families.Dr. Chabot can be reached through his website www.LawEnforcementMove.com
45 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
E21 | Sergeant Nate Gafvert with Mesa PD
From rescuing drowning infants, to using nonlethal “Bean-Bag” guns to take down felony suspects, Sergeant Nate Gafvert has been protecting and serving the citizens of Mesa, AZ for over 20 years. Enjoy this fascinating episode as Sergeant Gafvert relates his vast street cop experiences, as well as his many years as president of the police union, Mesa Police Association.
30 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
E20 | Cigars and Swimming Pools!
After 37 years of protecting and serving the public as a Pierce County Deputy Sheriff, our guest today has earned some time poolside.Detective Lloyd Bird is 2 weeks into his well planned retirement. Lloyd not only reflects on his long career as a Deputy with a variety of assignments (patrol, traffic investigator, detective), but also his yearlong plan of transition into retirement / civilian life. Lloyd share his insights on the optimal mindset needed to make 37 years in Law Enforcement a satisfying journey. Sense of humor a must. Oh yeah, Lloyd shot a Camero.
44 minutes | Jun 26, 2020
E19 | 3rd Term Sheriff of Gila County Adam Shepherd!
Our special guest on the “Boys in Blue” podcast today is soon to be 3rd term Sheriff of Gila County, AZ, SHERIFF ADAM SHEPHERD. To Sheriff Shepherd, law enforcement has been a calling on his life rather than just a career. Starting as a patrol deputy with Gila County, Sheriff Shepherd worked his way up the ranks to the position of Under Sheriff before being elected as Gila County Sheriff in 2012 . Along this journey Sheriff Shepherd took advantage of opportunities to make himself a more proficient officer………becoming a Certified Paramedic, fire arms instructor, baton instructor, commercial airplane pilot, Certified Diver and member of the underwater dive team, as well becoming proficient in the area of IT and policy /procedures. Sheriff Shepherd has some amazing stories of his days on the road and Search & Rescue missions as part of the underwater dive team…ENJOY!!!!
36 minutes | Jun 12, 2020
E18 | Man with a Plan!
MAN WITH A PLAN…….That describes our special “Boys in Blue” podcast guest today, Mohave County Arizona SHERIFF DOUG SCHUSTER. Mohave County in the far NE corner of Arizona covers 13,500 sq miles and is the 4th largest county in the USA. Bordering the states of Utah, Nevada, and California, Mohave County also takes in miles of the Colorado waterway as well as Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, and the ever popular tourist destination of Lake Havasu. After 25+ years as a Deputy and retiring with the rank of Sergeant, Doug ran for Mohave Co Sheriff and became Sheriff in 2016…now up for reelection this year. SHERIFF SCHUSTER has made phenomenal improvements in the Sheriff’s Office including officer morale, increased staff, and now competitive wages that has increased employee retention. Don’t miss Doug’s retelling his arrest of one of America’s Most Wanted on Lake Havasu as the suspect fought to gain control of Doug’s handgun.
43 minutes | May 29, 2020
E17 | Been There Done That with Tom Gussie!
Our podcast guest today, TOM GUSSIE, is a uniquely qualified Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in assisting Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel. What makes Tom Gussie uniquely qualified is that he is a former Mesa Police Officer, SWAT Team member, Hostage negotiator, and High Pursuit Police Driving Instructor. In other words, “he been there and done that” and has experienced firsthand the challenges that 1st responders face daily.
40 minutes | May 22, 2020
E16 | Escape From Alcatraz?!?
ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAS???.... More like “attempted escapes” from Florence Prison in Arizona. Keyword would be “attempted ”. Failed attempts due to the efficiency of the Florence Prison staff under the leadership of men like our guest today, Director of Operations with Arizona Department of Corrections, Ernest Trujillo. This is the 2nd time Ernest Trujillo has been a guest on the podcast. Be sure to give a listen to the first podcast where Director Trujillo shares his background and the operating logistics of the Arizona Prison System.Director Trujillo was invited back as a guest to share some of his personal experiences with escape attempts (some fatal for the prisoner and accomplices), as well as riots involving hundreds of disruptive inmates, brought under control only with use of shotgun rounds, teargas, and rubber bullets.
41 minutes | May 15, 2020
E15 | BRIX!
“BRIX”…..you will no doubt hear that name again. He is the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department’s newest K-9 dog to hit the streets of Pierce County in WA State. We are confident this 17 month old police dog will be a crime fighting star because he the partnered with the K-9 Trainer himself, Deputy John Munson. The elite K-9 Unit of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department has set the standard for Police K-9 Units throughout the country. One of the reasons for this is the cutting edge training that each K-9 team receives. Our guest today is responsible for providing that training. Deputy John Munson is a 29 year veteran with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and has spent the last 25 years as not only a K-9 handler himself, but also the K-9 Trainer. On today’s podcast Deputy Munson shares some of his unique experiences not only with the K-9 Unit, but also as a member of the SWAT team.
41 minutes | May 8, 2020
E14 | 21 FEET!!
21 FEET!! A real danger zone for police officers. Our guest today explains the “21 FOOT RULE” and how it related to a fatal officer involved shooting in which he was involved. Sgt. Ben Hoster of the Scottsdale Police Department, Scottsdale, Arizona, knows a thing or two about what it takes to be an effective police officer. After 23 years with Scottsdale PD, Sgt. Ben Hoster has had a variety of assignments including Patrol, Training Academy instructor, Bike Unit, and currently serves as the Public Information Officer for Scottsdale PD. You have probably seen him on the evening news providing information to the media about a Police related event that has occurred. As you listen to this fascinating interview with Sgt. Ben Hoster. you will appreciate his excellent communication skills. Enjoy!
44 minutes | May 1, 2020
E13 | Doing Hard Time!
DOING HARD TIME!. What is it like inside the Arizona Prison System. Part of law enforcement that we often overlook is what happens after the criminal is arrested, convicted, sentenced, and sent away to a correction facility. After 37 years in the prison system, having started his career as entry level guard and rising through the ranks to the position of Director of Operations for Arizona Department of Corrections, our guest today, Ernie Trujillo, knows something about the prison system. Ernie provides some insight in to the operations, and often times dangers of the Arizona Corrections Department.
40 minutes | Apr 24, 2020
E12 | Who knew with Jerry Lerum
WHO KNEW? That a 9 year old boy’s chance encounter with police officers working a traffic accident would eventually lead to his 35 year career as a police officer. Another fascinating podcast episode with a stand-up, old school cop who retired after 35 years with the Tacoma Police Department in Tacoma, WA.Jerry Lerum’s exciting and varied career included assignments to patrol, K-9, Traffic Division, Homeland Security, and Homicide Investigations after which he retired with the rank of Lieutenant. Jerry shares some of his exciting experiences as a police officer, as well as his post retirement position as an Organized Crime Investigator for a large scale national retail chain.
38 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
E11 | Homicide Investigations with Captain Pete Carder
Retired Pierce County Captain Pete Carder shares some of the highlights and some of the challenges of his 32 year career with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept in WA State. Pete rose through the ranks of the department from patrol deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Chief of a newly incorporated city, and retired with the rank of Captain. Pete retells some of his most challenging experiences in homicide investigations, as well as Officer involved shootings. Pete also candidly shares his new appreciation for everyday of life as he is currently dealing with a recent diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Lots of wisdom to take away from this interview with a well-seasoned cop who served with integrity.
38 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
E10 | Mesa Police "Ground Pounder" Harold McDonald
Our podcast guest have included Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Lieutenants, Sgts, Detectives, etc, but for the most part, when you call 911 with a problem at 2AM they will not be the ones to respond to a call for help. Our patrol officers working the streets every day, taking call after call, will be the first responders to a call for help. Today’s guest is one of those “ground pounders” that we count on to show up when we need assistance. Harold McDonald has worked the streets of Mesa, AZ as a Mesa Police Officer for over 13 years and seen it all. Harold makes it all seem like just another day’s work but it takes a street savvy cop with common sense and a level head to be an effective patrol officer. On this episode Harold shares his insights on Law Enforcement and the importance of seeing a career in police work as more of a “calling” than a job.PS: At the time of this interview Harold is on light duty in communications due to a shoulder injury he sustained while chasing down and arresting a resisting suspect.
43 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
E9 | Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall!
We hear from another “real cop”, Larry Hall, who survived shootings and two riots as a New York City Police Officer. After some years with NYPD, Larry relocated to Arizona and became an officer with Mesa Police Department. At Mesa PD Larry worked patrol, street crimes, and even bicycle patrol before promoting to Sergeant. Larry was then recruited by the Buckeye AZ police department, a growing and progressive community, where he worked his way up the ranks and has now served as Buckeye’s Police Chief for over 6 years. Larry speaks candidly of his philosophy on leadership, dealing with police related stressful situations, as well as his recent challenge as he faced a serious cancer condition.
39 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
E8| Joe Arpaio "America's Toughest Sheriff"
There are a lot of great Sheriffs out there in our law enforcement world but our podcast guest today in without a doubt “America’s Toughest Sheriff”. Sheriff Joe Arpaio served as Maricopa County Sheriff for 23 years…the longest serving Sheriff in Arizona history. Sheriff Joe is known for his strong stand on illegal immigration, instituting the cost saving “Tent City Jail”, and pink underwear for inmates. On this podcast Sheriff Joe speaks candidly about his time with the DEA in numerous foreign countries as he fought the drug war. Many do not know that Sheriff Joe’s law enforcement career started as a police officer in Washington DC where he walked the beat in the toughest areas of DC. Now after a 4 year break from office, Joe is now running for Maricopa County Sheriff again and describes himself as the “people’s candidate”. With over 55 years of law enforcement experience Joe is obviously up to the challenge.
40 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
E7| Grave Yard Patrol with Larry Minturn!
What a privilege to have my old graveyard patrol partner, Larry Minturn, as my guest on The Boys in Blue podcast. Larry was my mentor and training officer during my rookie year as a Deputy with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Dept. Larry is entering his 50th year on the department (yes, 50 years)……now Lieutenant in the Detective Division. Larry’s experiences throughout his 50 years in law enforcement are so extensive that I made him commit to a Part II podcast at a later date. This episode covers some of his many assignments including Homicide Investigation, Arson Investigation, Child Abuse, and he speaks openly about how he emotionally handled the fatal shooting of a suspect. Include in this podcast are some of our “war stories” that we encountered as we patrolled the mean streets of Pierce County as partners on the night shift….some dangerous and others amusing.
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