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Episode 35: A Discussion on Forensic Science with Jerry Findley (Part 2)

Thom Safrin and Chris Findley continue their interview of Jerry Findley (Chris’s father). Some specific cases were discussed which highlight the uses of forensic science techniques and technology. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Thomas Safrin Twitter –


Episode 34: A Discussion on Forensic Science with Jerry Findley (Part 1)

Thom Safrin and Chris Findley interview Jerry Findley (Chris's father) and discuss coming from one of the first Crime Scene Units in Georgia. Starting in the police dept in 1971, the then labeled 'Identification Unit' evolved a long way from simply taking photographs. Breaking ground for the organization into the areas of collection of evidence, lab work and then later DNA, blood spatters and more advanced methods we know as Forensic Science today. References Law Enforcement Academy –...


Episode 33: Use of Force Case Law (Part 2)

Hosts Thom Safrin and Chris Findley further discuss court cases clarifying Use of Force. The discussion furthers the ideas that dictate law enforcement today inside the United States. Thom and Chris dive deeper into this episode in this Fourth Amendment issue and discussion includes topics such as mental disabilities, officer articulation, and the stories inside of those additional cases which expound into other landmark cases and make more clear the principles and situation variables....


Episode 32: Use of Force Case Law (Part 1)

Hosts Thom Safrin and Chris Findley discuss the landmark use of force cases and the ideas principles that dictate procedural law today in the United States. Graham v. Connor gave us the objective reasonableness standard. Thom and Chris contrast Tennessee v. Garner and point out misunderstandings that some officers, and even trainers, may have. Thom and Chris also discuss officer safety and discuss Terry v. Ohio and its relatedness to use of force. They further discuss and exchange some humor...


Episode 31: An Interview with Frank Crotty on Transitioning from Law Enforcement to Overseas Contract Work

Thom and Chris interview Frank Crotty (retired law enforcement Captain) on the ins and outs of overseas contracting work for law enforcement. Frank and Thom share their personal experiences working overseas and the challenges and rewards of contract work. References Frank Crotty – LinkedIn – Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Thomas Safrin –...


Episode 29 – Personal Security Concerns in Large Venues and Sporting Events

Thom and Chris recorded this episode while at Suntrust Park to watch the Atlanta Braves play baseball. Thom and Chris briefly discuss some issues related to personal security that should be considered when going to a sporting event or other large venue where crowds gather. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Thomas Safrin – Twitter – Thomas Safrin – LinkedIn...


Episode 28: Emerging Trends and Issues in Smaller Law Enforcement Agencies

Thom and Chris discuss five topics that can impact smaller law enforcement agencies. The five topics were budgeting, small town politics, unique situations (everyone knows somebody), officer morale, and officer training. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Thomas Safrin – Twitter – Thomas Safrin – LinkedIn – Chris Findley –...


Episode 27: The Impact of Technology on Law Enforcement

In this episode, Thom and Chris discuss how technology impacts everyday life in law enforcement. The discussion includes topics of social media (Facebook), body cameras, GPS, Facial recognition, and many more. Thom and Chris provide a general overview of these topics with the contents of this episode becoming a series. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Thomas Safrin – Twitter –...


Episode 26: The Impact of a College Education on Policing

Thom and Chris discuss how a college educated police officer can impact law enforcement and the community. Thom and Chris discuss an article written by Dr. Rebecca Paynich that researches the connection between a college education and better communication skills, more tolerance with citizen interactions, deeper understanding of the criminal; justice system, a better understanding of civil rights, and less likely to use deadly force with police officers. References Paynich, R. (2009). The...


Ep. 25: Gary Taylor on Recruiting and Retention

Hosts Thom Safrin and Chris Findley interview Captain Gary Taylor, Director of Training and Recruiting, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office and discuss police recruiting and retention. This episode asks the questions “How do we gain the right people? And then how do we keep them.” Topic discussion includes: Thinking outside of your niche & marketing. Department vision and how a “sense of community” is a factor. Leadership is about people; management is about things (resources). Challenge for...


Episode 24 – The Hiring Process

Thom and Chris discuss the process to aid both those interviewing and those hiring. Personal stories lead to good discussion points. Discussion Including: research into agencies; application process tips; the interview process and physical fitness assessment exams; polygraphs and more. Listen to and consider the perspectives of concerning budgets, the individual agency culture, and the community (expectations) all play a part in the influences affecting decisions in the modern career...


Episode 23: An Interview with Coach Tony Blauer (Part 2)

Thom and Chris, along with guest host Jim Mitchell, continue talking fear management with Coach Tony Blauer. “No matter how good physically you are, it doesn’t change how you feel emotionally.” – Coach Tony Blauer It all begins with a confrontation with fear. Having an Armorer’s level approach for self defense and understand the psychological dynamics of violence and its effects. Every time we change the level of fear there is a potential impact to the level of performance References...


Episode 22: An Interview with Coach Tony Blauer (Part 1)

Hosts Thom Safrin, Chris Findley and Guest Host Jim Mitchell interview Coach Tony Blauer. Quite the entertaining personality, Tony Blauer has become a pillar to many in the field, training law enforcement & military in self-defense. From training a single student in self-defense, in 1980, Blauer spring-boarded from the idea of what he calls “Startle Flinch” to a revolutionary approach in new training methods. Today, Reverse Situation Engineering and real-world-scenario observation play a...


Episode 21: Peel’s Principles (Part 2)

In this episode Thom, Chris and Jim continue the discussion of the ideals of Peel's Principles and their modern day law enforcement application. Links to the principles articles discussing Peel’s principles. Discussion begins with principle number six and includes the topic of Physical Force. With plenty of great reads to research on these topics further. References Sir Robert Peel's Principles PDF:


Episode 20: Peel’s Principles (Part 1)

In this episode Thom, Chris, and Jim discuss the classic ideals of Peel's Principles from 1829 and how they apply in 2018. Don't expect cookie-cutter answers...this is a much more cerebral topic than most. The guys refer to models such as Community Policing and Problem Solving, the Sara model and Broken Windows Theory. For additional research, books and how they relate to specific principles are mentioned including: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin and even The Prince by...


Episode 19: Interview with David Grossman Part 2

Hosts Thomas Safrin, Chris Findley continue their interview with retired Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman. In this podcast, Grossman brings a unique historical outlook into perspective. An outlook of society at large and the challenges faced by law enforcement today. This episode of the Law Enforcement Academy Podcast continues to address the subjects of Lawless Mindsets, Sleep Deprivation and other subjects making an impact on individuals. And his timely perspective on the ways to approach...


Episode 18: An Interview with LTC Dave Grossman (Part 1)

Thom and Chris, with guest host Jim Mitchell, interview LTC Dave Grossman. Grossman is a star within the Military and Law Enforcement fields. His career has been the foundation of the Warrior / Sheepdog mindset. Starting as a private in the 82nd airborne, Grossman’s credentials include authorship, time as an Army Ranger and a West Point Professor of Psychology & Military Science. Retired since 1998, Grossman now trains military, spec ops, and law enforcement 200-300 days a year. His books...


Episode 17: An Interview with Josh Barker (with Special Guest Host Jim Mitchell) on Basic Law Enforcement Training and the Impact and Trajectory on One’s Career

In this episode Thom and Chris team up with Jim Mitchell to speak with former academy student Josh Barker. Josh discusses what he's done since attending academy, six years ago, and provides insight into his initial training and the value of additional education and certifications. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Don’t forget to Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn Feel...


Episode 16: Conversations with Jim Mitchell

Thom and Chris talked with our special guest Jim Mitchell regarding his experience of going into law enforcement from the military and becoming an instructor. Thom and Chris also discuss with Jim the changes in the training mentality over time, being responsible for one’s own training, and the evolution of community-oriented policing philosophy and practical application. References The Nine Principles of Policing by Robert Peal...


Episode 15: Dealing with Difficult Managers and Supervisors

Thom and Chris discuss some common tools and techniques on dealing with difficult managers and supervisors in a law enforcement setting. Thom and Chris use their real world experience in law enforcement to demonstrate how they personally dealt with difficult supervisors over the years. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook –