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Cop Life

This is the show documenting the hard hitting truth about life as a street cop on patrol. What types of calls are worked during the week? What are the stresses and frustrations of being a police officer in this current climate? What are the rewarding parts of the job? How do I balance work, home, and play? Keith dives into these topics and gives a behind the scenes, or better yet, a behind the badge perspective of a Cop Life.

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So You Want to go to the Police Academy?

Is that you?  Are you wanting to go to the Academy?  Or are you just curious about what it's like?  In today's episode of Cop Life, Keith gives and in depth look at both of his stints in the Police Academy.  The first time was as a new recruit.  The second time was as a mentor to the recruits.  How tough was it?  What kind of work was involved?  Is the physical training really as tough as they say?  All these questions are answered in this episode.   Don't forget you can email Keith anytime at keith@coplifepodcast.com Follow the show on Facebook(Cop Life), Twitter(@CopLifePodcast), and Snapchat(CopLifePodcast)

1hr 2mins

23 May 2016

Rank #1

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A Rookie's Perspective (Part 1)

In this episode of CLP, Keith sits down with rookie Police Officer Kline to discuss his experience and opinions of the academy, training, and that first year of solo patrol.  Also, we hear an interesting conversation with an individual with a wild imagination that Keith met on a call.  Two calls are discussed from the last couple of weeks as well as an email from a listener who also happens to be a rookie officer. Don't forget to check out the website at www.coplifepodcast.com and you can follow the show on Facebook(@CopLifePodcast), Twitter(@CopLifePodcast), and Snapchat (coplifepodcast).  Finally, Keith is easily accessible via email at keith@coplifepodcast.com


28 Mar 2017

Rank #2

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Training The Rookies

When a recruit graduates the academy, they come out with all kinds of head knowledge and physical training.  However, there is a process for them to take what they've learned and apply it to real life and real calls on the street.  Field Training Officers are the facilitators of this process.  Keith has been a Field Training Officer since 2007 and has trained numerous rookie officers.  What is that like?  What are some of the interesting stories of those training phases?  Keith shares this, as well as what a typical very first day on patrol is like when he is training.  Also discussed in this episode are some interesting calls since the last show and much more. Don't forget you can follow the show on Facebook (Cop Life Podcast), Twitter (@CopLifePodcast), and Snapchat(coplifepodcast).   Feel free to email Keith with any questions you would like answered on the show or any suggestions of topics you would like to hear covered in future episodes.  The email is TheCopLifePodcast@gmail.com


25 Apr 2016

Rank #3

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PoliceWOman (Part 1)

In this month's episode, Keith sits down with "R.D.", a female police officer with over 31 years experience.  R.D. has worked in numerous units in a large police department and is currently a Sergeant.  Also in the studio with the two is a well known friend of the show and past guest, C.J.  R.D. discusses life as a female police officer and the differences as well as challenges she has faced throughout her career. She brings valuable insight and gives great advice to female police officers and those who aspire to be police officers.   Don't forget you can check out the website at www.coplifepodcast.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Keith can also be reached by email at keith@coplifepodcast.com

1hr 21mins

26 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Rookie Blues

After two weeks of training a new recruit, Keith gives an update and even a glimpse inside the patrol vehicle for a couple of debriefs after the recruit made traffic stops.  Life can be stressful for a new recruit learning the ropes and this episode is a real time update to all that's been going on.  Also included is listener email as well as an example of Keith's own errors(yes he is human) and a recent news story about a cop that has no business wearing the badge!   Don't forget you can follow the show not he website:  www.coplifepodcast.com You can also reach Keith via email at:  keith@coplifepodcast.com You can also find the show on Facebook and Twitter

1hr 24mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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The Rural Cop (Part 1)

What is it like to be a police officer in a rural environment?  How does it feel when you approach that call knowing backup could be 45 minutes away?  In Part 1 of this two part series, Keith talks with Seth, a police officer in a very rural area of Eastern Tennessee.  Seth talks about his academy training, very abbreviated field training, and just how far away is backup can be at any time.  Also in this episode, Keith answers listener email and talks about going the extra mile when working calls.  Finally, since Keith is no stranger to diving right in to controversial topics and discussions, he goes head first into the heated debate taking place right now......Is Die Hard a Christmas movie or not? Remember you can always visit the website:  www.coplifepodcast.com You can also follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Finally, you can email Keith directly at keith@coplifepodcast.com Special thanks to www.purple-planet.com for use of certain music.

1hr 14mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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Between a rock and a hard place.......Damned if you do, damned if you don't...........Catch 22.   Does it exist, or is there a way to avoid it?  In this month's episode, Keith examines a recent shooting of an innocent homeowner that made national and international news.  Could this situation have been avoided?   In this return episode, Keith also discusses the reason for the long absence, how things are going now, and a couple of calls regarding checking the welfare of residents.  Listener reviews and a new PSA are also discussed.  Links referenced in this episode: Opening clip contains excerpts of a speech given by Hon. Justice William Bedsworth, Fourth District Court of Appeals given at the dedication of the new Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA.  Full speech can be found HERE Publicly released body camera footage of Fort Worth Police Officer can be found HERE News footage courtesy of Fox 4 News, Dallas/Fort Worth Background music courtesy of Purple Planet


6 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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A Rookie's Perspective (Part 2)

This week's edition of CLP is the conclusion of Keith's interview with rookie officer Kline.  He discusses some interesting and exciting calls he has worked thus far as well as his overall opinion of midnight shift.  The two also talk about the importance of maintaining physical fitness and Kline gives his likes and dislikes about police work so far.  And finally, Officer Kline gives some advice to those who are considering applying or are currently in the application process for police officer.   Be sure to check out the website www.coplifepodcast.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Finally, you can email Keith at keith@coplifepodcast.com Also, if you have any questions, comments, or other messages for our guest, you can email them directly to Keith and he will make sure they all get to Officer Kline.

1hr 19mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #8

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The Dumb and The Reckless

This month's episode addresses the dumb and the reckless on both sides of the badge.  Keith will be taking a look back at calls over the last month as well as news involving police officers.  He reads a few of the many emails received recently and answers listeners questions.  As promised, a full review of the Netflix documentary "Flint Town" will be shared as well as updates about the body camera and a local story where officers' body cameras destroyed the complaints of a cell phone warrior.   For videos played in this episode you can find them on the website www.coplifepodcast.com.  Also, email Keith anytime at Keith@coplifepodcast.com Video clip provided courtesy of Fox4News Dallas/Ft Worth

1hr 18mins

11 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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The Schedule

What is the work schedule like for the street cop?  When someone says "Have a good weekend!", does that really mean anything to me?  The life of a street cop on patrol involves working holidays and weekends.  These days end up being like any other.  Keith discusses this and more on this week's episode.   Also covered are the week in review and the questions of the week.   Don't forget you can follow the show on the website:  www.coplifepodcast.com You can also contact Keith directly at:  Keith@coplifepodcast.com Finally, you can follow the show on Facebook(Cop Life), Twitter(@CopLifePodcast), and join the group on Snapchat and friend Keith to see snaps from throughout the day(CopLifePodcast).


6 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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K9 Life

In this episode, Keith invites CJ into the studio once again where the two discuss CJ's 15 years in as a K9 handler.  What do departments look for in a K9 Officer?  What kind of training is involved?  Do K9 handlers really have a panic button on them to release the dog from the car?  Keith and CJ answer all these questions as well as talk about calls where the dog has been deployed and all kinds of interesting details about like as a K9 Officer.   Don't forget you can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and the website, www.coplifepodcast.com You can drop Keith an email at any time at:  keith@coplifepodcast.com

1hr 14mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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A Veteran's Perspective (Pt 1)

In this first half of an interview with a 30 year veteran police officer, Keith and CJ discuss the changes that have occurred in policing during that time.  CJ, who worked all his career in a very large metropolitan police department will chronicle the various units he worked in which included DWI.  He will discuss a memorable call where he worked a DWI that involved an officer being killed.  Also, CJ will talk about a major injury he sustained while attempting to catch a fleeing suspect.  Keith will cover some calls from the past couple of weeks as well as answer listener email.   Follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat and be sure to check out the website:  www.coplifepodcast.com Feel free to email Keith anytime at keith@coplifepodcast.com

1hr 17mins

17 Jul 2017

Rank #12

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The Fear Factor

Fear.  What is it?  Is it a bad thing?  Or can it be a good thing?  On today's episode, Keith takes on a listener's question about coping with fear as a police officer.  Keith discusses the benefits of fear and how it can be mastered and used as a benefit while working patrol.  He also looks back at a couple of calls from the past two weeks and answers two listeners emailed questions.   Don't forget to check out the website: www.coplifepodcast.com and you can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat(coplifepodcast).   Two links referenced in today's episode: News Article from The Washington Post Poem


20 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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The Rural Cop (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our interview with rural police officer Seth, we talk about what equipment he has or doesn't have as well as some notable calls from his career so far.  Keith looks a listener email and discusses calls from the past month including a voice from the past! You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you can contact Keith at keith@coplifepodcast.com Finally, you can check out the website, www.coplifepodcast.com for more information including branded products! Special thanks to Purple Planet for use of the background music during the opening clip.

1hr 35mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #14

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A Veteran's Perspective (Pt 2)

In Part 2 of our discussion with 30yr veteran officer CJ, we take a deep look into his shooting.  Also, CJ shares with us his experience on television show COPS and we look at some interesting and notable calls from his career.  We also cover a few controversial topics including one rare example of a subject we disagree on. Remember you can follow the show at Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Also you can email Keith anytime at keith@coplifepodcast.com Check out the website for more:  www.coplifepodcast.com

1hr 35mins

31 Jul 2017

Rank #15