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Faces Behind the Badge
43 minutes | Oct 24, 2020
Episode 21: Out with a B.A.N.G.!
In this episode, Tom and Chris speak with Danny Johnson, a Crisis Negotiator from Tampa Florida. Danny discusses the origins of the Bay Area Negotiations Group and how valuable it is to the many Law Enforcement agencies (especially their negotiators) in the area. Danny also discusses the impact of civil unrest in Central Florida.Danny is a Tampa Bay Rays fan and both Tom and Chris are Dodger fans...you can imagine how that went...go Blue!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
39 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Episode 20: Tom's back!
In this episode, we discuss Tom's training class (the one that made him miss the previous episode). We also discussed the state of society as it pertains to a foiled plot to kidnap and assassinate a Governor. Kudos to the FBI and Michigan State Police for that by the way!!!Do you think there should be a national certification process for LE sworn personnel?Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
44 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
Episode 19: Don't Give Up!
In this episode, Chris (yes, just Chris...Tom is on assignment) speaks with Chris Gerhardt, SRO (School Resource Officer) from Fairmont, MN. Chris started a Suicide Awareness campaign called "Don't Give UP!" This campaign, which started September 1st, uses yard signs with various statements to raise awareness about suicide and to help people realize they are not alone.For further information, go to https://gerhardtsafetysolutions.com/ or find him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Gerhardt-Safety-Solutions-104480264709869Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
48 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
Episode 18: Tom and Chris, solving problems, one podcast at a time!
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss ongoing protesting over social injustice. This constant bombardment of negativity is taking its toll on First-Responders and they are feeling it. Some interesting questions came up during our discussion:Do you think the old mantra regarding compliance vs non-compliance is still true today? Meaning people when facing LE should automatically comply, or else that means they are going to fight/resist/escape. Is it THAT simple? Or should we consider that each person reacts based on their own experiences? Do you think either ALL cops are good/safe? Or is it possible that many are good/safe, but some are not? What about protesters? Do you think it's dangerous to paint people with such broad brushes? Doesn't that remove the human element altogether?Can you listen to someone intently while defending yourself against someone who you feel insulted you? Do you think this contributes to the polarization we see today?All of us could use a good dose of perspective once in a while to keep ourselves grounded in reality. We should treat each other with kindness, compassion, and respect.For all of the PEER Support people out there, I encourage you to attend an upcoming webinar by RESPONDER HEALTH (SAFE CALL NOW) on 9/9/20 at 10am (Central time). Click HERE to register. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
50 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
Episode 17: All Caught Up
In this episode, Tom and Chris (mostly Chris) explain why the episode is late to be released. I'm sorry! It was a much needed respite from reality but unfortunately, not so great internet thwarted my big plan (Chris).Tom and Chris discussed police budget cuts in Austin, TX as well as programs for Mental Health response in Oregon and elsewhere. Sadly, on 7/29/20, Lt Erik Lloyd, Las Vegas Metro Police, died from complications due to Covid 19. He served the Las Vegas community for almost 30 years and leaves behind a wife, two daughters and five grandchildren. He will be missed. https://lvppa.com/2020/08/in-remembrance-of-lieutenant-erik-lloyd/Everyone please be safe and healthy. Take precautions when dealing with the public and make sure you take care of yourself physically, and mentally.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
50 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Episode 16: "Defund" May Not Be The Answer!
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss defunding police departments and what that may actually mean to places around the country. They also discuss how less radical ideas may help resolve some of the issues. Tom brought up the fact that there are many police officers retiring around the country and the likely causes. They discussed the emotional toll the current situation takes on law enforcement.If you need help, please call SafeCallNow at 206-459-3020. It is a 24hr comprehensive and CONFIDENTIAL crisis line for all first responders and their families.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
40 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
Episode 15: The Secret is Empathy
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss the role of First Responders in Crisis Intervention. They discuss what it means to be in Crisis and the fact that a Crisis state is the perception of the person experiencing it. It is important to acknowledge the person's feelings and strive to understand what they are going through.Tom asked about using Police Crisis Negotiators for current issues around the country with protesters. Chris gave his opinion that based on the current climate, it may be difficult for police negotiators to be objective due to anti-police sentiment. This would make it very difficult for them to be effective.Tom and Chris discussed the idea of law enforcement as a whole shifting towards a more empathetic approach at a patrol level. Please leave your comments or questions on our page at www.thinbluepodcast.com or you can send us an email at email@example.comThank you for listening! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
34 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Episode 14: We Need to Heal
In this episode, Tom and Chris talk about the emotional toll the protests (mainly the agitators) have taken on our Law Enforcement Officers. In these tough times, it's important to remember that you are appreciated for the work good work that you do on a daily basis. The anti-police sentiment that is out there today is not directed at you as individuals, but the profession you represent. The labels do not reflect upon you as a person and it is very important to remember that.Tom and Chris suggested the CHAZ leadership and the Seattle leadership sit down and figure it out! Work together to come to some sort of solution to end the camp-out.With the opening of the country, many states are seeing a rise in Corona Virus cases, and Nevada is no different. Tom talks about a recent field trip to a local casino where he witnessed the steps that were taken to help prevent the spread.PFC Vanessa Guillen went missing from Ft Hood in Texas on April, 22, 2020. The last her mother heard, she was having some sexual harassment issues with a sergeant at work. Let's spread the word and find out what happened to her. We hope and pray she is safe!Finally, if you would like to share your appreciation for a first-responder or healthcare hero, we have set up a way for our listeners to record a short message (5 minutes max). We will periodically share messages on future episodes. Please click the link or go to our website to record your message. https://www.speakpipe.com/FacesBehindTheBadgeSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
45 minutes | Jun 4, 2020
Episode 13: Down on One Knee
In this episode, Chris and Tom discuss the death of George Floyd at the hands of 4 Minneapolis Police Officers and the public's response, both good and bad. They also discuss the role of the police in the aftermath of this tragedy and the threats to their well being. We would like to extend our condolences to the Floyd family for their loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with LVMPD and Ofc Shay Mikalonis who was shot in the head while arresting a protester on the Las Vegas Strip. As of 6/3/20, he is fighting for his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Law Enforcement personnel who were killed or injured during these devastating times. To our brothers and sisters out there fighting the good fight...be safe and know that you are appreciated!Any questions or comments can be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our website www.thinbluepodcast.comThank you for listening! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
54 minutes | May 20, 2020
Episode 12: Use of Force talk with Danny King!
In this episode, we talk with Danny King. Danny is a Police Officer, Use of Force Expert, and owner of AmericanPatrolman.com. Danny discusses the steps to a use of force investigation and the importance of thorough investigations and detailed report writing. We also discuss special considerations of Body Worn Cameras and the importance of maintaining a professional demeanor. Danny also explains the distorted perceptions that video viewers encounter and how they can change the "reality" of a situation.Take care and stay safe!!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
37 minutes | May 7, 2020
Episode 11: Pain Meds Are No Joke!
In this episode (which is a day late), Chris talks about getting a hip replacement and the fun of recovery. Tom discusses current Corona Craziness events in the US and both discuss the ongoing burden on communities and the legal system.Please take care of each other out there!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
32 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Episode 10: Corona Life...you can't just add lime to make it better!
Tom and Chris discuss the economic and social impact of Corona Virus on the Las Vegas area. This also impacts the way policing is done. Recently, the Las Vegas Metropolitan PD welcomed a new class of recruits with a "virtual" graduation. It was held outside with only the new officers, the Academy Staff, and the Sheriff in attendance. No badge pinning by loved ones, no family photos, etc. The economic impact is requiring layoffs, changes in personnel allocations, and restructuring of some units in Public Safety. The act of policing is also changing to accommodate the social distancing guidelines in place. All of these things are adding to the cumulative stress of our First Responders. This, added with the stress on families and friends, makes things much more difficult. How do we deal with all of this.Experts say that you should follow these guidelines (there are lots more):Get plenty of sleepLimit Alcohol intakeKeep a journal by your bedGive yourself 10 minutes/day to do nothingBottom line, be aware of your own feelings and seek help when you need it. There is no shame in asking for help. Please reach out for it!If you know of someone interested in Crisis Negotiation training, go to www.desert.training for a list of upcoming webinars.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
64 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Episode 9: Worker's Comp talk with Matt!
In this episode, Retired Police Sgt and now Attorney, Matt Zobrist, discusses worker's compensation and the pitfalls Public Safety employees face. Matt discusses the legal aspects of WC (specifically in Nevada) and the guidelines that all parties (employee, employer, insurance company) must follow. Matt also discusses treatment, light/modified duty, and pay considerations.Matt's list of top considerations when an employee gets injured on duty:Report to your employer with clear and complete documentation within statutory time frames Make sure that when you seek treatment, you clearly articulate how you sustained the injury as well as a complete and exhaustive list of affected body parts.Be aware of the statutory time frames and complete your steps within them.Know your rights as it pertains to selecting physicians (within the statutory time).Matt also discussed the Heart and Lung Bill in Nevada. He talked about who it covers, for how long, and for what conditions.Finally, we discussed the Corona Virus and how it pertains to Public Safety personnel who contract the illness. Matt works for the GGRM Law Firm in Las Vegas and urges any Public Safety personnel with Worker's Comp questions to email him at MZobrist@GGRMLawFirm.com. He will gladly explain the process to you so that you can rest a little easier.Please leave us your feedback at email@example.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
28 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Episode 8: Wash Your Hands and Share the TP
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss the impact of the Corona virus on our society, from hoarding to social distancing. Please remember that our Public Safety professionals and healthcare professionals are working under crazy circumstances to help those in need. We should all be mindful of the toll it takes on them.Stay safe and be well!Please let us know what your working conditions are as well as any crazy stories you may have. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.orgOur new website is live, have a look. www.thinbluepodcast.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
27 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
In this episode, Tom and Chris talk about an article by Nick Halmasy that discusses mental health. The article, "Protect Your Mental Health: Stop doing these 5 things" talks about lessening job stress. The article can be found here. Eliminating the 5 items listed in this article can be helpful in protecting your mental health. We highly recommend reading this article.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
25 minutes | Feb 26, 2020
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss the recent termination of a group of Georgia State Troopers resulting from an internal investigation. Did the punishment fit the crime? Should we be held to a high standard? What about Brady? How many times do public safety employees do something wrong, if not illegal, and have it swept under the rug? How does that impact all involved? How much of this is about poor supervision?Let us know your thoughts about this. Email us at email@example.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
23 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Episode 5 Police Suicide
In this episode, Tom and Chris discuss the horrible reality that is Police Suicide. Reports state that in 2019, 228 Officers took their own lives. Some states are taking large steps to reduce if not eliminate this epidemic.Tom and Chris discuss the influence of the public perception of policing as well as the stress related to policing as a career. Some studies suggest Officers witness approximately 188 critical incidents (homicide, child abuse, automobile fatalities, etc) during their careers.There is a stigma associated with Police Suicide (and suicide in general) that makes it hard to reach out for help. Asking for help is seen as a sign of weakness. The stigma harshly judges us because we are suppose to "suck it up" and not let anything get to us. This is just not realistic!There has been a large increase in Peer Support programs and there seems to be a shift in mindset and perception of post traumatic stress. Tom and Chris share some personal experiences that bring this home.If you need help, PLEASE REACH OUT! If you don't have resources, here are three that are mentioned in this episode:SAFE CALL NOW- A confidential, comprehensive Crisis Referral Service for First Responders and their families. 24/7 (206) 459-3020 SafeCallNow.orgSuicide Prevention Lifeline- (800) 273-8255 or text your message to 838255Crisis Text Line- Text "home" to 741741Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
20 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
Tom and Chris discuss the dynamics of a Crisis Scene. They talk about the amount of resources needed during typical barricaded subject calls. They answer the question: Why are there so many personnel here and what are they all doing?Tom and Chris then discuss how SWAT and Negotiation personnel work together to bring situations to a peaceful resolution. They talk about the training and exposure that both sides experience in order to provide very important perspective.Finally, they talk about the influence that social media has on Public Safety and the potential problems as it pertains to Critical Incidents.If you have any questions or comments, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you for listening!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
23 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Tom and Chris take a walk down memory lane and discuss equipment. They discuss vehicles (some reliable, some not), pepper spray, batons, and Tasers, and the training and real world applications of each. A career's worth of experiences make for some funny memories, please share yours with us.Please email questions and comments to Podcast@Desert.TrainingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
19 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Tom and Chris talk about loss and the struggles people, particularly those in Public Safety, have dealing with it. There have been 8 (at the time of recording) Officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. We briefly talk about their circumstances and honor their sacrifice. Tom and Chris discuss peer support and access to resources when dealing with the loss of a coworker. Do you have access to what you need? Try your Chaplain program, your peer support unit. Email us at Podcast@Desert.Training and we can put you in touch with resources.There aren't enough positive stories about Public Safety professionals out there. We would like you to share your stories about your Superstars who go above and beyond to serve their communities. Please send us your stories so we can share them with everyone. Email us at Podcast@Desert.Training.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/facesbehindthebadge)
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