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The CopDoc Podcast: Aiming for Excellence in Leadership
46 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
TCD Podcast Ep 31 Dr. Barney Melekian, Chief, Santa Barbara, CA Police -Session 1
In this episode, we chat with Dr. Barney Melekian, current Chief of the Santa Barbara Police Department in California. Barney is a lifelong public servant having worked for the Santa Monica Police Department, Chief of the Pasadena Police, Director of the COPS Office for the U.S. Department of Justice, the undersheriff of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. A veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard, he was deployed to the Middle East during the Gulf Wars. In an interesting discussion, we talked about the state of policing, the hopefulness for improvement, the importance of community relationships, and the future.
38 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Chief Jim Viadero - The CopDoc Podcast Ep 31 - Newtown, CT Police Department
We interviewed Chief Jim Viadero of the Newtown, CT Police Department. A former command staff member for the Bridgeport Police. Jim serves as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University. We spoke about the issues of policing, the adjustments needed to adapt for Covid, and to avoid issues that have plagued US policing in the past few years. This wide-ranging discussion helped to frame the state of policing, the need for training, and the difficult problems of recruiting and retention in policing today.
37 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
Dennis Nayor, Retired Chief Ithaca, NY Police - The CopDoc Podcast Ep 030
Dennis Nayor recently retired as chief of the Ithaca Police Department. He was previously the Chief of the Oneonta Police, with nearly 25 years of service in policing. Following an Executive Order from The New York Governor, all police agencies in NY have to submit proposals for reform by April 1, 2021. After many focus groups and meetings, a decision was made to drastically change the police department, The plan, which includes renaming the Ithaca Police Department and having armed and unarmed public safety workers, was approved unanimously by the Common Council on March 31. The implementation plan has not been finalized but will reduce the number of armed officers while adding more civilian staff. Ithaca Mayor says he wants to rebuild the Ithaca Police Department from the ground up.In a candid chat, Dennis Nayor discussed the process, the changes, and the way forward for a reimagined public safety agency. We talked about the current state of policing, defunding, and leadership in agencies.
39 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 029 Chief Jeff Tate, Shakopee Police, MN
We chatted with Chief Jeff Tate from the Shakopee Police in Minnesota. Shakopee is a suburb of Minneapolis. The Shakopee Police have twice received the International Chiefs of Police Award for Community Policing. In a no-holds-barred discussion, we talked about the Goerge Floyd death, the state of policing, collaboration, the rise in mental health calls, and the importance of community relationships. We became so immersed in the changes and difficulties in policing today, that we barely talked about the Community Policing efforts. We have another chat that focuses on Community Policing in an upcoming episode.
32 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
TCD Podcast - Dr. Jim McCabe, Ep028, Session 2 - NYPD Inspector (retired) Sacred Heart University,
I chatted again with Jim McCabe, retired Inspector with the NYPD, and professor of Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University. Jim is an evaluator with the ICMA, having conducted 80 police management reviews in the US. A member of the NYPD, Federal Court Monitor Team, Jim also teaches Criminal Justice courses, including Police Management and Research Methods. We spoke about a wide range of issues including analysis of police departments, procedural justice, both inside and out of agencies, and the vacuum of leadership. We discussed the idea that policing is customer service-based and that surveys to gather perspectives and collect data in and out of the organization could be of great value to focus on process and improved service delivery.
35 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep027 - Interview with Dr. Michele Bratina, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
This week we interview Dr. Michele Bratina from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. We talked about forensic mental health, the rise in mental health-related police calls and the mental well-being of respond offers to serious incidents, and the cumulative effect of difficult calls. Michele has written journal articles and is an expert in Mental Health, having written Forensic Mental Health: Integrating Solutions in Criminal Justice for Routledge Publishing. A wide-ranging and intriguing interview. Thanks for your support and for listening as The CopDoc Podcast continues to grow, across the U.S. and Canada, and across the globe!
29 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
TCD Podcast: Inspector Andrew Lacey - An Garda Siochana Ep 26 Interview #2 Crisis Intervention Teams
We continued the interview with Inspector Andy Lacey, from An Garda Siochana, the Garda, the national police of the Republic of Ireland. We discussed the reforms being considered for the Garda. We talked about mental health and the pilot being created for Crisis Intervention Teams, co-response of clinicians with police officers. We also talked about Covid and restrictions in Ireland.
6 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Steve Morreale Microcast- Police Funeral - Worcester PD - Ep 25
In this special episode of The CopDoc Podcast, I offer my first Microcast, no guests. I refelct on a recent police funeral, the sadness, the tribute, the community support in Worcester. The Worcester Police Department lost a young officer who jumped into a pond in an effort to save a drowning young man. Neither the swimmer nor officer survived. A sad, yet proud awe-inspiring day in tribute for the fallen officer. Thanks for listening.
48 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 024 Dr. Renee Mitchell, Sacramento Police (Retired Sergeant) Senior Researcher RTI International
We spoke with Dr. Renee Mitchell, retired Sergeant from the Sacramento Police Department. Renee earned her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She is one of the founding members of the American Society of Evidence-based Policing and serves on its executive committee. In 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright Police Research Fellow, studying juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service. Renee is now a Research Associate with RTI International. We talked about the state of policing and using evidence to drive police services.
43 minutes | May 31, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 023 Professor Lynda R. Williams, MTSU, President, NOBLE
Lynda Williams is a retired executive of the United States Secret Service, now a professor of Practice at Middle Tennessee State University. She is finishing up her term as president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).We chatted about teaching after a federal law enforcement career, issues facing policing, systemic racism in the US, teaching students interested in Criminal Justice. Lynda provided an unvarnished view of the US Capitol attacks and national standards for the training of police in America.
36 minutes | May 24, 2021
TCD Podcast: Armand LaBarge - Ep022 Retired Chief York Regional Police Service, Ontario Canada
Today's episode release is with Armand LaBarge from Canada. We sat down with Chief Amand LaBarge (retired) formerly of the York Regional Police Service, outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The agency serves a population in excess of 1 million. We talked about the history of policing the current issues confronting policing in North America, the Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, leadership, mental health issues, indigenous populations, and the future of policing. An interesting, far-ranging interview that we feel you will enjoy.
43 minutes | May 17, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep021 - Interview with Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Temple University
This episode features Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor from Temple University. Jerry is a former British police officer, author of many articles and books on Reducing Crime and Intelligence-led Policing. He is the host of the monthly podcast, Reducing Crime. We spoke about the state of policing, leadership, the future of policing and the good work done by police agencies.Hope you find the interview witty, interesting, and informative.
38 minutes | May 10, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep020 - Interview with Dr. Erik Fritsvold, University of San Diego
We interviewed Dr. Erik Fritsvold, Director of the Master in Public Safety Leadership program at the University of San Diego. We discussed the many issues facing policing, explored the Capitol attack and discussed leadership development.
34 minutes | May 3, 2021
TCD Episode 019 - Interview with Andrew Lacey #1 Inspector An Garda Siochana, Ireland
We "traveled" across the pond (and the ether) to talk with Inspector Andrew Lacey of An Garda Siochana, the Irish National Police. We talked about the history of the Garda, the "Guardians of the People." We talked about the training, the transformation efforts, the training of Garda, and the leadership lessons. We also discuss the point of view of happenings in the US, from the Irish perspective. Andy is set to earn his Ph.D. in/around August 2021 and is a lecturer of Criminal Procedure at the University of Limerick. A wide-ranging interview providing perspectives of life and policing on the Emerald Isle!
30 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 018 Dr. Jim McCabe - Sacred Heart University, retired NYPD Inspector
We chatted with Dr. Jim McCabe, a pracademic, an academic with extensive practical field experience. In a wide-ranging discussion, we talked about the state of policing today, police management studies, leadership, training, and Body-worn cameras.
41 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
TCD Podcast Ep017 - Interview with Dr. Vicki Herrington - Australian Institute of Police Management, Director of Knowledge
We chatted with Dr. Vicki Herrington, the Director of Knowledge at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM). We talked about policing, police leadership, training, and approaches to reflective learning on the issues confronting policing and the rising dissatisfaction of police service delivery, especially in urban areas in the states. A fascinating interview with Vicki, an international thought leader, showing the similarities and differences in policing and police leader training from down under!
30 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Dr. Gary Cordner - The CopDoc Podcast Ep 016 - Academic Director Baltimore Police Academy
We interview Dr. Gary Cordner, the Academic Director of the Baltimore Police Department. Gary has been a police officer, police chief, professor, Academic Dean, and Research Director at the National Institute of Justice, in the LEADS program.We chatted about the current state of policing, national standards, leadership, and training for police officers. We discussed the efforts of the Baltimore police in enhancing training to meet the requirements of a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice
37 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 015 - Ed Davis, former Commissioner, Boston Police Department
We interviewed Ed Davis, retired Commissioner of the Boston Police, former Chief fo the Lowell, Massachusetts Police and CEO of Ed Davis Company. We talked about his long career with the Lowell Police, rising to the Chief of Police. he was appointed Commissioner as one of only two outsiders to command the Boston Police Department. We talked about the Capitol attack and the Boston Marathon Bombing. We discussed the importance of clinical help for police who are exposed to tragic events in their work.
39 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 014 - Marc Plourde and Charlie Ward - Gainesville Police
We spoke with two Lieutenants from the Gainesville Police. Lt. Marc Plourde and Lt. Charlie Ward proposed a leadership development program for the Gainesville, FL Police Department. The program was adopted by the Chief and Command staff and is now running its fifth annual session. The GPD Leadership Academy runs once a month, for a year and accepts 15-20 members each iteration. We chatted about the process, the approach, the required readings, the facilitators, and the discussion topics for this innovative program. The topics of leadership and development were explored and the change in mindset by course attendees.
38 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
The CopDoc Podcast Ep 013 Dr. Sarah Abbott, Lasell University
We interview Dr. Sarah Abbott, a Licensed CIinical Social Worker (LICSW) clinical, and professor. Sarah has extensive experience working as a con-responding clinician in Massachusetts police departments. She managed the expansion of the program, increasing service to 15 police agencies for Advocates in Framingham, MA. Sarah is now running Abbott Solutions for Justice, LLC.
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