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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...


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 –


Episode 14: Difficult Employees

Thom and Chris discuss how supervisors and managers effectively deal with difficult employees. Thom and Chris talk about specific ways that supervisors can effectively deal with difficult employees and also how supervisors can encourage, teach, and lead employees in the mission on the department. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – Manager Tools -


Episode 13: Politics

Thom and Chris discuss how politics play a role in law enforcement community, in the discharge of the officer’s duties and how politics influence public perceptions of law enforcement. Politics will always be a part of the law enforcement culture and all officers must be able to make good ethical decisions even with the influence of politics. There have been many discussions about this concept. Some people believe that guardian mindset is the proper mindset for law enforcement while others...


Episode 12: Guardian vs. Warrior

There have been many discussions about this concept. Some people believe that guardian mindset is the proper mindset for law enforcement while others believe that the warrior mindset is necessary for survival. Thom and Chris discuss the tenants of both the guardian and warrior mindsets and how each has a place in the law enforcement arena. References Law Enforcement Academy – Law Enforcement Academy on Facebook – On Killing: The...


Episode 11 – Entering the Law Enforcement Career

Choosing law enforcement right out of school can lead to a lifelong career that is rewarding and fulfilling. Law enforcement is also a viable option for people who are looking for a career change or the second job after retirement. It takes a special person to wear the badge. Thom and Chris discuss the steps of becoming a law enforcement officer, importance of the profession to society (representing the ethnic and race makeup of the community), and some of the interesting things an officer...


Episode 10: Stress Management

At some point, everyone feels stressed. But for police officers, who are in positions of authority and making life and death decisions on a regular basis, stress can have a major negative impact on the officer’s life. One of the biggest problems for police officers is that stress can go unrecognized and unacknowledged. Officers are under constant stress and do not take the time to seek positive ways of reducing stress. Many times officers deny the stress they are experiencing for fear of...


Episode 9: Ethics

It’s often said that no other profession demands a higher ethical standard than law enforcement. Law enforcement officers must live in a fish bowl. Friends, relatives, neighbors, and strangers watch every move law enforcement officers make, both on and off duty. It is undeniable that there is a tremendous degree of expectations placed upon police officers. Thom and Chris discuss the tenants of police ethics, how officers are expected to act in the public both on and off duty, and how to...


Episode 8: Supervision, Management, and Leadership

Supervision, management, and leadership are key fundamental principles in the public safety arena. Each level of supervision, management, and leadership has specific tasks and goals that need to be accomplished in order for the public safety agency to achieve its desired goals and outcomes. Thom and Chris discuss supervision, management, and leadership techniques in the field of law enforcement and public safety. Thom and Chris break down line supervision including good habits of...


Episode 5: Communications (Part 2)

Neuro-linguistic programming: Neuro-linguistic programming is a collection of techniques and strategies that can be learned and lead to excellence. NLP explores the connection between neurological processes, language and experiential behaviors that enable success. Hypnosis: Forensic Hypnosis is the use of the science of hypnosis in civil and criminal investigations where hypnosis is the instrument used to elicit information or evidence. Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness where...


Episode 4: Communications (Part 1)

Communication is the process of sending and receiving messages through verbal or nonverbal means including speech or oral communication, writing or written communication, signs, signals, and behavior. De-escalation is an important aspect of law enforcement communication. De-escalation techniques are a necessary skill for law enforcement. The public expects law enforcement to be able to communicate effectively and use techniques to control situations until a solution is determined. Thom and...


Episode 3: Human Performance Improvement (Part 2)

Critical thinking means making reasoned judgments that are logical and well-thought out. It is a way of thinking in which you don't simply accept all arguments and conclusions you are exposed to, but rather have an attitude involving questioning such arguments and conclusions. Thom and Chris discuss, in detail, how critical thinking is used in law enforcement and even in higher education. Research demonstrates that higher education is becoming the mainstay in law enforcement in America....


Episode 2: Human Performance Improvement (Part 1)

Human Performance Improvement is a field of study related to the process of improving methodologies. The continued improving of methodologies in the field of law enforcement creates opportunities in training and personal development for the officer. Thom and Chris discuss, in detail, how human performance can either move the profession forward or backward by using examples of Comp Stat, UPS and other corporations in developing training protocols and other aspects of the law enforcement...


Episode 1: Introduction – Background, Mission Statement, and Purpose

In this episode, Thom and Chris provide background information on their law enforcement careers, education, and training. Both co-hosts have extensive experience in law enforcement and law enforcement training, as well as, advanced college degrees. The purposes of the podcasts are to assist law enforcement professionals in their career development and provide insight into many topics that directly affect law enforcement. Our focus is on the street officer and local police departments in...


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