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The Police Podcast brings together police officers, the agencies they represent and the communities they serve. We discuss current events, social media, best practices when dealing with the police and the lives our officers live. When we aren't talking with officers, we talk to business leaders in industries that can have positive impacts on helping agencies and officers do better jobs. Experts from communications, finance, equipment and training bring their real world knowledge to help inform and educate our nation's protectors.

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The Police Podcast brings together police officers, the agencies they represent and the communities they serve. We discuss current events, social media, best practices when dealing with the police and the lives our officers live. When we aren't talking with officers, we talk to business leaders in industries that can have positive impacts on helping agencies and officers do better jobs. Experts from communications, finance, equipment and training bring their real world knowledge to help inform and educate our nation's protectors.

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great show

By Shaolin Soprano - Apr 03 2015
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Great show to tune into, Tim does a fabulous job as the host. 5 Stars

I like it!

By The Entrepreneurs Library - Apr 03 2015
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I am a first time listener and very much enjoy the episodes/stories so far. Great show!

iTunes Ratings

55 Ratings
Average Ratings

great show

By Shaolin Soprano - Apr 03 2015
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Great show to tune into, Tim does a fabulous job as the host. 5 Stars

I like it!

By The Entrepreneurs Library - Apr 03 2015
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I am a first time listener and very much enjoy the episodes/stories so far. Great show!
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The Police Podcast

Latest release on Apr 20, 2018

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The Police Podcast brings together police officers, the agencies they represent and the communities they serve. We discuss current events, social media, best practices when dealing with the police and the lives our officers live. When we aren't talking with officers, we talk to business leaders in industries that can have positive impacts on helping agencies and officers do better jobs. Experts from communications, finance, equipment and training bring their real world knowledge to help inform and educate our nation's protectors.

Rank #1: Ep 32: The Dallas Police Under Attack and Fredricka Whitfield

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I woke up yesterday morning to a Twitter stream full of one of the worst things possible in my mind...a police department under attack by a man with assault rifles and bombs.

By now most of us know the story of James Boulware and his attack on the Dallas Police Department. 

I became aware of it because of the awesome feed by the Dallas Police Department and Major Max Geron on Twitter.

It didn't take long to see a few tweets and turn my office into an information centre for streams on Facebook, Twitter, Periscope and Instagram.

As the day wore on and it went from breaking information to re-caps, CNN personality Fredricka Whitfield decided a good way to describe Boulware was as, "...courageous and brave..."

As I said on Twitter, could you imagine what CNN would do if a police department said something like that? They would have live reporters out front of the department interviewing everyone they could who hated the police demanding the police department be shut down, investigated by the DOJ and all members charged for crimes against humanity.

But now, 36 hours later, nothing from CNN and an apparent, I "mis-spoke" from the reporter.

Here's the clip just in case anyone thinks that her words are taken out of context. 

But let's never forget, she has a right to say those words and every police officer worth their weight in gold will protect that right even if they don't agree with her.

Thank you police, everywhere. 

UPDATE: June 14 2015...

Ms Whitfield and CNN agree that this is an appropriate apology. I think it's an even greater insult to be so flippant and arrogant. What are your thougts?

UPDATE: June 18, 2015...I missed this when it happened but since I called out CNN and Ms Whitfield for their words and actions, the very least I can do is also share the reversal.

Jun 15 2015



Rank #2: PTP 34: Police Week, Peace Officers Memorial Day and Why I wear the badge

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Today's point to ponder on The Police Podcast is brought to you by:

This is a pretty hallowed week for law enforcement. May 15th is the Peace Officers Memorial Day which makes the Police Week and Why I wear the badge is an initiative created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to recognize and celebrate our heroes in blue.

Organizations that help out with Police Week, the Memorial and families:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

  • National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors the annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.Phone: (202) 737-3400 | Email:

Fraternal Order of Police / Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary

  • Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPA), which organize the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S.

Concerns of Police Survivors

  • Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference.Phone: (573) 346-4911First year survivors, call: (800) 784-2677 | Email:

IACP #WhyIWearTheBadge Initiative

May 15 2015



Rank #3: Ep 38: Officer Chris Rasmussen of the Redwood City Police Department

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The episode is brought to you by....

Chris Rasmussen has been a police officer for 20 years and works with the Redwood City Police Department.

He is a devoted family man, community member and all around great guy. I've been following Chris for many years and consider him one of the "OGs" of law enforcment's social media use. 

Redwood City has a diverse population but the greatest population base there speaks SPanish so it only seemed logical to Chris that they should establish a Spanish Police presence with their social media efforts. Chris is repsonsible for the creation and implementation of his departments social strategy and is the primary point for dissemination, monitoring and engagement...and he is also a front line officer...kind of takes away the excuse for no time.

Follow Chris and the Redwood City Police:Twitter:

Twitter: (Spanish)

Jul 17 2015



Rank #4: PTP 36: Just because you have rights, doesn't mean you should exercise them.

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Policies, procedures, guidelines and training all attempt to help and guide a law enforcement officer's decision-making and set the boundaries for what should and shouldn't be done. But, is that enough?

Police are to be neutral and leave their opinions at the door when they walk out on the street to enforce laws and protect the public. All too often lately we are seeing that the opinions expressed while off-duty can easily carry over into their on-duty existence.

Agencies are struggling with the idea of protecting an individuals right to freedom of speech while balancing that freedom with protecting the reputation of the department, or more importantly the reputation and effectiveness of the officer.

It is very easy to get emotionally charged up and try to express what you are feeling on the playground of social media but that expression can cost you.

Yes you have rights protecting your speech, but in the grander scheme of things, should you exercise them? In  some cases, absolutely not.

Officers are getting investigated and disciplined for expressing their thoughts in their private lives which may never be shown or expressed while working. You may be incredible at dividing your personal feelings from your work obligations and never do anything wrong, but one post, like, share on social can be used against you in your profession, rightly or wrong...that's reality.

The BEST way to protect yourself is just to refrain from making a post that will bring your integrity, reputation and professionalism into question.

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Jul 16 2015



Rank #5: Ep 20: St.Louis County Police Departments social media manager, Vera Culley.

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This episode of The Police Podcast is brought to you by:

The St.Louis County Police Department became famous for being the police agency responsible for the investigation and communications for the Michael Brown shooting investigation. 

Although St.Louis County PD had nothing to do with the event, as the largest agency in the immediate area, they provide their professional investigative and communications services for agencies whose own resources don't allow for the required response.

The SLCPD communications team was comprised of one man, Sergeant Brian Schellman  who was responsible for trying to meet the demands of the insatiable appetites of not only the main stream media, but the social media channels as well.

In the aftermath of the #Ferguson events, the St.Louis County Police Department hired Vera Culley in November to join the communications team and focus on the benefits and demands of a robust social media program for the department to compliment the media relations role and the front line officers. 

Vera came from the mainstream media in St.Louis and also grew up in East St.Louis and has lived in the area her entire life. Vera brings with her the experience personally and professionally to add a great level of depth and perspective in the online voice for SLCPD.

It was my pleasure to have Vera as my first live guest interview on The Police Podcast as I travelled to the St.Louis County and Municipal Police Training Academy to talk social and digital media with several departments there.

Vera has an incredible passion and spirit. She truly wants to bring the message of a great profession to the communities of St.Louis County and build relationships with those communities to help establish an environment of trust and understanding. 

You can follow along with the St.Louis County Police and Vera online here:


Mar 24 2015



Rank #6: Point To Ponder 19: Shotgun or Rifle?

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There are hundreds and hundreds of social platforms and networks that we can use to message our audience and multiple mediums that we cad do it in.

The question has to be asked, "Should we blast our information out there like a shotgun or be accurate with lazer like focus of a rifle?"

There are great argumetns for each side of the equation so here is my suggestions.

Always have laser like focus and if you choose to use multiple platforms, aim your shotgun with a rifle scope. Provide the best infromation availble that you can for all the platforms you use with native content.

Feb 23 2015



Rank #7: Episode 6: Deputy Sheriff Tony Moore

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Today I am joined on The Police Podcast by Deputy Sheriff Tony Moore of the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.

Tony is a member of the trailblazing E-Comm Unit of the LASD where he is a public information officer specializing in cyber safety and crypto currency.

Deputy Moore takes the time to walk us through exactly what crypto currency and BitCoin are along with some of the most important safety precautions you can take with your Facebook account.

Tony was great with his time for The Police Podcast audience and we just kept talking because everything he was saying was so relevant to our audience and so important.

At one point Tony was discussing Coinbase Exchange and related some information from their website that he learned wasn’t completely accurate and he immediately wanted our audience to know…he is just that great of a guy and dedicated to the details. 

Coinbase is NOT legal in all 50 states…learn more here…

 You can read some of Deputy Moore’s thoughts here on his website:



Tony has also been published in and LawEnforcement.Social

 Here is a quick recap of Tony’s Recommendations for Facebook settings:

Turn off you friends list on your profile page this reduces the chance of someone spoofing your account if they don’t know who your friends are"

Security Turn on: Login Alerts Login Approvals Code generation (2-Factor Authentication) Login Locations Privacy Settings and Tools: Turn On: Review all post and things you’re tagged in Strict filtering for “inbox” items Timeline & Tagging Turn On: Who can post on Timeline: NO One Review posts friends tag you in Blocking:

No one.  However we follow the Complaint process. Follower Settings: Turn On:  This setting will remove the need to “friend” those that friend you.  By not friending back, their friend request will automatically turn to a “follower”.  They also have the option to just follow you as well. Apps: Turn Off: Apps, Websites & Plugins - Personal choice Instant Personalization Apps Others Use

Feb 03 2015



Rank #8: Episode 10: Police Officer Randall Arsenault

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In this episode Randy Arsenault talks about connecting with his community, establishing relationships and building trust.

Randy Arsenault has been policing in one of Toronto's toughest areas with a commitment to youth outreach and making his community safer through continuous messaging to promote the Toronto Police Service.He has built an online reputation for telling it like it is and challenging people to do more for one another and themselves. 

Randy brings a simple approach to his policing style...make a positive impact and change for the better. He may be a big city cop but he chooses to spend his off time living in the country where he shares the simple life with a dog by his side, of rugged living with his community.

Randy knows that being relateable is one of the keys to establishing strong bonds and showing his personal side while always bringing a great message is a recipe for his success.Few do what he does as well or with as much commitment.

You can follow Randy and Duke:Twitter: Page:

Feb 18 2015



Rank #9: Episode 5: How To Get Out Of A Ticket

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Today we talk about the most common interaction that most people have with the police. The traffic stop. We cover three things that are helpful to everyone who finds themselves in the position of seeing the red and blue lights behind you.

Enforcement: Why do police do street level enforcment on 'minor' offences related to traffic. Parking, moving violations, regulations for traffic flow.

How To Get Out of A Ticket: I give you 7 tips to avoid getting a ticket from the police. 6 out of the 7 tips have all worked on me to let people go at one time or another. The 7th tip worked every single time.

Thing To NEVER Do: There are a few things that people try which I'm telling you that have never worked on me nor did they ever work on many of my friends. Don't do these ones.

Have a great day!

Jan 26 2015



Rank #10: Episode 9: Surrender and Comply

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You may not know the name Emeka Mbadiwe but you will certainly appreciate his message and his mission.I discovered Emeka on Facebook when I came across a video he created sending a message to young black men in response to the aftermath of the Ferguson decision and the riots that occurred.

We start this episode with the audio of the video which is extremely powerful.

But, Emeka is way more than just one video. Emeka Mbadiwe is a Filmmaker, Speaker, Author and Life Coach. He speaks on issues concerning the youth and motivates people to reach their highest potential.

He has studied the science of achievement and mastered it. Specializing in topics such as Motivation, social media marketing and self improvement, Emeka has brought his Strong, Enthusiastic, Engaging and Comedic energy to thousands of people over the years.

Emeka energizes people to meet the challenges of the world around them.

Some of his video messages have gained over 1 million views on Social Media and hundreds interact with him regularly on Facebook.Two more of Emeke's videos that need to watched....AnthonyCure To RacismYou can connect with Emeka:



Feb 12 2015



Rank #11: PTP 32: The Philly Police are recruiting!

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Today's Point To Ponder is brought to you by LexisNexis...visit

Yesterday the Philadelphia Police Department released a new recruiting video that was like nothing we have ever seen in the way of a recruiting video before.

Outside of the box is one way to describe it...memorable is another. Unique? No question. Some purists will be up in arms while those that live in the new digital communication age will see it in an entirely different light. To be honest, neither view will be wrong on the surface...some depth will be required. 

You be the judge...

May 4th (AKA May The Fourth Be WIth You) is coming up...challenge issued.

Did you stick around to hear the out-takes of me trying to start today's Point To Ponder?

Apr 21 2015



Rank #12: Episode 8: Legal guns stolen. In memory of Deputy Sheriff Scott Pine

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I'm joined today by Captain Jeffery Stonebreaker of the Orange County Sheriffs Office (Florida). Captain Stonebreaker and I talk about leadership, service and a huge topic...the theft of legal guns from parked cars.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Deputy Sheriff (Johnathan) Scott Pine who payed the ultimate price in service to his community when he was shot while in foot pursuit of a vehicle B&E suspect.

According to the OCSO, during 2014 the took 499 reports for guns stolen from parked vehilces. An incrdible 167 of those thefts occurred from vehicles that weren't even locked!

On Monday February 9, 2015, the OCSO is launching a "Responsible Gun Ownership Campaign"

Sheriff Jerry Demings and Crimeline Executive Director Barb Bergin will outline a campaign to deal with a growing problem: stolen guns getting into the hands of criminals.  They will be joined by area law enforcement officials. 499 firearms were stolen from a home, business or vehicle in Orange County last year, up from 2013.

The campaign will include Public Service Announcements, billboards, flyers, a gun lock giveaway and a gun buy-back event on Friday.

Deputy Sherrif Pine was killed while responding to just this type of crime in progress when he was killed. From ODMP:Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Pine was shot and killed while responding to reports of car break-ins in a gated community off of South Apopka Vineland Road.When deputies arrived shortly after 11:00 pm one subject fled on foot. Deputies located the subject shortly after midnight near the intersection of South Apopka Vineland Road and Westminster Abby Boulevard. The man began to flee on foot again and then fired several shots, striking Deputy Pine.The subject then ran a short distance away and committed suicide. Deputy Pine was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.The man's girlfriend, who was also at the scene, was arrested and held in connection with the incident.Deputy Pine had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for two years. He is survived by his wife and three young children.Read more:

For more information about the Orange County Sheriffs Office:

Website: County is located in Central Florida and has a living population of over 1 million people and hosts over 54 million visitors annually.

It is home to Orlando, Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and the Orance County Convention Center. 

Feb 09 2015



Rank #13: Ep 36: Instagram Tips for your social media presence.

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This episdoe is brought to you by... 

Instagram is the social media platform that out performs every other platform in terms of pure engagement.

Instagram Tips

The Basics – Point and Shoot

Fill Out Your “Bio” Section

Make sure your bio is complete. Take the time to fill it out correctly. You really want people to know who you are and what you’ll be sharing.

Learn How to Take Great Pictures on Your Phone

The mobile nature of your smart phone combined with Instagram is the perfect pairing for an awesome presence, but you have to take great pictures to start. Learn about the settings in your smart phone. Most high end smart phones now have some pretty amazing options that can compete with a decent DSLR, but it really is still just a camera on a phone…it will never be as good as a full blown camera. (See filters for more on this.)

Get the most out of your DSLR

Share your DSLR photos with your mobile device. New cameras have WiFi cards that make this process seamless and transfer your pictures directly to your phone. Get in the habit of taking pictures continually and loading them to a file that can be accessed through your phone for easy posting at a later time.

Scenery Rules

The five best pictures I have shared on Instagram have been scenery pictures. Sunsets, blue skies, a stream and a spider’s web rocked the likes and comments. While they may have nothing to do with policing, people like to see great scenery shots so give them your best once a week.

If you like it then you better put a filter on it.

Instagram offers awesome filtering capabilities. Experiment with them. Even though some appear the same, there are subtle similarities that you can have a lot of fun with. Not every picture looks great with the same filters so play with them.

The other toys

Blur, contrast, sharpness, tilt, warmth…so many choices to play with that can have a dramatic impact on your pictures. Experiment…you’ll be amazed with what you can do to a normal picture to turn it into an art piece.

 Intermediate – Start thinking beyond immediacy and ‘build’ a picture using tools for editing photos.

Brand your pictures.

Every picture should be branded with something that says ‘you’. Add at the very least your Twitter ID on the picture and keep it in the same place every time.

Add quotes, sayings, memes.

Have a picture of a police officer and a member of the public shaking hands, hugging, high-5’ing? Add Peel’s quote, “The public are the police, the police are the public” to it. Working together

Memes tend to get a lot of traction on Instagram, so take advantage of this type of viral-style image by creating your own graphic and text combinations.  Use the Meme Generator website to research current meme trends, as well as make your own to share.

Experiment With Video Clips

Use the video capabilities. You can tell a lot with those 15 available seconds if you do it right. Every week, do a 15 second safety video.

Give a “Behind the Scenes” Look

Show your followers an inside look of policing. Things that we take for granted, the public might really like. A locker room, a roll call (parade) shot, the radio, fingerprint tools (livescan / old ink blotter),


If you like using hashtags, then Instagram is for you.  Instagram allows up to 30 per image so think of all the hashtags you can add to your art. You want to build an audience so think about what your fans talk about and also what other police interests are. Here’s a list:

#police #policeofficers  #hero #cops #cop #coplife #policelife  #lawenforcement  #corrections #correctionofficers #911  #heroes  #thinblueline  #officers #respectthem  #brotherhood #blueblood #family #bluefamily  #copfamily  #policefamily  #firstresponders #copwife #policewife

Pro Tip: use two hashtags in your image description then post it. Then be the first to comment on your picture using all other relevant and useful hashtags. I love using the desktop for this multiple hashtags tactic.

Share your Instagram Pics on other platforms

Don’t limit your Instagram pictures to Instagram.  Post your Instagram links to Facebook, Twitter and any other social media service you use in order to grow your user base and provide followers on other networks with valuable content. Instagram allows for cross populations, but be careful doing this. Once you have filtered and touched up your photos and they are perfect, then take the time to add that photo natively to the other platforms.

Focus on Community

Build a following through your Instagram account. You want your following to feel like a community around you so build it with that in mind. Give your followers a ‘name’  and refer to them collectively in posts.

Create an Instagram contest

Contests are great for getting people involved and bringing attention to your program. Have a contest where your audience sends you great Instagram worthy pics around a theme, “people and the police” or caption this photo are some great ideas for you to try out.


If someone comments on your pics, thank them. If someone asks a question, answer them. Go through your followers and comment on their pics, like their art. Show you are part of their community as well.

Story telling

If a picture can tell a story, think what a progression of pictures can tell. Create a hashtag around a specific event or a title for a series of pictures and tells story using the pictures.  Think of a recruit class…follow them along through their training with a few weekly pictures of their activities from first class to graduation.

Collage your pictures

If you are at an event share lots of pictures from that one event using a third party app to collage the pictures.

Jul 04 2015



Rank #14: Point To Ponder 30: Followers and Influence

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The ultimate goal is naturally to gain many followers, subscribers, fans, friends, likes and everything else in terms of vanity metrics but the real key is to be an influencer.

Today on the Point To Ponder I talk about strategies to increase both and give you 5 great tips (and maybe a bonus 6th tip) to be an influncer.

Apr 06 2015



Rank #15: Point To Ponder 12: The Sheep, Sheepdogs, Wolves and...

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Today's point to ponder was inspired by the movie, American Sniper.In one of the scenes, a young Chris Kyle was at the table with his younger brother, mother and father and his dad was giving a life lesson on the three roles of society...the sheep, the sheepdog and the wolves.

I got to thinking that there is a missing role in that tale and that is of the Shepherd.

I belive that the Shepherd is who police ost ought to be like, not the sheepdogs as they are so often believed to be.

Feb 10 2015



Rank #16: Episode 7: Scott Stratten, aka @UnMarketing

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Today on The Police Podcast, I’m joined by Scott Stratten. Scott is best known online by his 176K Twitter Followers as @UnMarketing.

I have known Scott for the better part of 5 years and have been able to tap into his brain on several occasions. He provides honest opinions and backs them up with facts which is no doubt a big part of his success in making the marketing world take notice of his skills in calling out bad examples of marketing and helping those businesses transform into solid, customer centric businesses.

Scott and I talk about marketing, authenticity, building realtionships, social currency and the secrets to great communication along with his new book, UnSelling. 

Scott shared two awesome quotes in the episode;You must be the change you wish to see in the world - Ghandi

Heres to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. Theyre not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cant do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. - Attibuted to Steve Jobs

You can find Scott:

TwitterFacebookWebsiteand on his own Podcast that he co-hosts with his online and IRL partner, Alison Kramer (also an awesome follow).

Stay up to date on what Scott is up to by following, friending, subscribing and or fanning him. You automatically become a member of the #AwesomeSauce society.

Scott has written four best-selling business books, the newest being “UnSelling: The New Customer Experience” which was just named “Sales Book of the Year” by 1-800 CEOREAD.

To order Scott’s latest book, “UnSelling” go to

Scott is the President of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in Viral, Social, and Authentic Marketing which he calls Un-Marketing. It’s all about positioning yourself as a trusted expert in front of your target market, so when they have the need, they choose you.

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a Professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape.

His passion comes out most when speaking on stage, preaching engagement and becoming one of the most sought-out speakers on the subject. Along with Alison Kramer, their UnPodcast has been signed by the CBS network as their premier business podcast to launch their new digital network.

“An eye-opener of why, and how, we need to start shifting our marketing weight from the broadcast leg to the dialogue leg. And it doesn’t hurt one bit that he made it the funniest and most entertaining presentation we all sat through all year” –  Tom Moradpour, PepsiCo, International Marketing Director, Pepsi

His clients’ viral marketing videos have been viewed over 60 million times and he’s recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine,, and Fast Company and was named one of “America’s 10 Marketing Gurus” by Business Review USA. That plus $5 gets him a coffee anywhere in the world.”

Feb 06 2015



Rank #17: Ep 79 - It's Good To Be Larry Winget

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I love Larry Winget. I love everything about him from his down
home country southern style, to his cowboy shirts and boots, his
social media use and of course his common sense approach to pretty
much everything life has to throw at us. 

Larry is very candid in his time with us and admits that he is a
fan of police, not a fan of people who don't like police and does a
favorite police officer...his son. 

Larry is a professional speaker, author and personal development
expert who has written 6 New York Times and Wall Street Journal
best selling books:

Your Kids Are Your Own Fault
People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It
It's Called Work For A Reason
You're Broke Because You Want To Be
Shut Up Stop Whining And Get A Life 

and my personal favorite....


You can find Larry on social media through his Facebook Page, YouTube Channel, Twitter and
Instagram Accounts. 


Apr 26 2016



Rank #18: Ep 29: Mark Economou of the Boca Raton Police Department

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Today's podcast is brought to you by...

Mark Economou is the Public Information Officer of the Boca Raton Police Department which is situated on the Atlantic Coast of the great state of Florida. Made famous by Seinfeld, Mark is quick to point out that it's not just all old people eating at 4pm and living in retirement villages...Boca is much more than that and is one of the fastest growing parts of Florida.

Mark is a transplant from the New England area and is a die-hard Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots fan who is still trying to find ways to defend Tom Brady!!!

The Boca Police Department is one of the original law enforcement social media agencies and even after 6 years in the social space, they are still keeping ahead of the curve through innovation and the use of new technology as it emerges. 

Led by Chief Dan Alexander, the Boca Police have embraced community engagement and outreach particularly through the use of video, building campaigns around the "Kindergarten Cops".

You can learn more about the Boca Raton Police by following them on social media and visiting their website. 

Website: Alexander: Facebook:

May 29 2015



Rank #19: Point To Ponder 17: Take The Time To Do It Right

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Todays Point To Ponder comes from Brian Solis. He is a digital marketer, anthropologist and futurist that gets huma nature on social.

I highly recommend that you follow what Brian has to say:

Twitter:"Our communities are defined by the sum of what we create, curate and collaborate. By spending more time before doing so, taking into consideration the very people we wish to engage, we strengthen our personal relationships while also upgrading the global potency of the human network. "

If you want to engage people and build communities, make sre you are adding value to theri lives and that the infromation you provide is in such a way that you are giving them the value they need.

Take the time to do things right. Don't be in such a rush.

Feb 19 2015



Rank #20: Welcome Back

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Yes police read / heard / saw it right. The Police Podcast is back for it's second season.

Now I know how Netflix feels every time it rolls out a new season of House Of Cards. The anticipation is incredible, the new season drops and in 15 hours, I've binge watched every amazing moment and then I am feeling left empty and lost again.

But, not to worry...I am not dropping an entire season on you at once and then walking away. Although there are 2 older recordings ready to go, 2 new recordings ready to go and 2 new interviews scheduled to record I still believe in offering relevant content, which is timely and appropriate.

Now this episode is more of a fun one to let you know that The Police Podcast is returning so no deep thoughts, or interviews...just some music, a couple of minutes of me talking and an invite for future guests and listeners.

I'm not even sure what I'm going to call this episode...


Good grief...decisions, decisions.

Apr 21 2016



Scientific Social Media And Pop Culture

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Katie Nelson is the Social Media & Public Relations Coordinator of the City of Mountain View Police Department. 

The Mountain View Police Department is a leader in the social media space for law enforcement using a scientific approach to how they execute their digital communications. 

Combining pop culture, analytical insights and listening to their audience has made them tuned into how to most effectively share their public safety messaging.

You can find Mountain View Police on most social media platforms where they provide individualized messaging that fits both the platform and the audience for a deep ability to be effective. 

Katie is always willing to share her expertise and experience.

Here are a few of the Mountain View Police social channels.

Also in this episode, I open by sharing the Smart Squad App that has been created by Faction Four System Inc. This platform and its technology adaptation for police is a game changer for any police department that is looking to manage resources more effectively with increased efficiency. 

The Lethbridge Police Department is one of the agencies using the Smart Squad App and you can see how they are using it and what their officers think about it in this video that was produced by the LPS.

To learn more about the Smart Squad App and how it can help your agency, visit their website here:

They can also be found on social media:

You can find the Lethbridge Police via their website and naturally social media:

Huge and special thanks to the "OKAYestCop" who pointed out the video and the Smart Squad App to me.

Note - Me talking about the Smart Squad App is not a paid endorsement... just me sharing a really great resource. 

Apr 20 2018



The Pasco County Sheriff's Office - Chase Daniels

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Chase Daniels is the Assistant Executive Director of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office working under the leadership of Sheriff Chris Nocco. 

Chase's portfolio includes communications, social media and legislative affairs...and a few 'other things." 

You may recognize the Pasco County Sheriff's Office for their work with the #9PMRoutine and the #LivePD broadcasts, but what you might not recognize is the excellent social media strategy that has positioned the Pasco County Sheriff's Office to be one of the best social media programs representing law enforcement. 

Chase is quick to point out that while he plays a part in it, the greatness of the social media presence begins with Sheriff Nocco and spans to include a team of dedicated personnel that believes in being transparent, open and connected to their community. 

You can connect with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office here: Website - Twitter - Facebook - YouTube - How would like to get your hands on one of the #9PMRoutine T-Shirts? Just visit to support the Pasco County Sheriff's Charity and grab a great T. 

Apr 06 2018



Leadership With Chief Billy Grogan

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Today I'm joined by my good friend, Chief Billy Grogan of the Dunwoody Police Department in Georgia.

Chief Grogan is talking leadership and how he is giving back to the future leaders of law enforcement with his new venture, "Top Cop Leadership". Chief Grogan shares what it takes in the current day of policing what it takes to be a top cop and how he can help you get there with his view from a man that has risen to the top level of policing serving not only as a chief but every rank needed to get there including his time as the President of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.  You can find more information about Top Cop Leadership at and on social at Facebook:


In other notes: Ep 93 recap - To donate to Casie Shimanski's fundraising effort for children's cancer research via the St. Baldrick's Foundation go to:

Ep 96 recap - To get Melissa's book, "Crisis Ready", you can click this link to purchase at Amazon: CRISIS READY

Apr 03 2018



Crisis Ready with Melissa Agnes

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Keynote speaker, crisis communications strategist and soon to be best selling author Melissa Agnes talks about how to become Crisis Ready so that the issues you face don't become a crisis.

Get her new book, CRISIS READY by clicking here.

As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street JournalVIBE MagazineUSA Today, and many others.

As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

You can follow Melissa on most social media @Melissa_Agnes

Learn more about Melissa through her website,

Mar 19 2018



Don't Stream And Drive

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Neil Dewson-Smyth is a police officer in the UK who has been in uniform operations for 26 years. In the first 7 years he covered all aspects of day to day policing. He then progressed to traffic operations for 7 years as a class 1 advanced driver dealing with all road traffic accidents and numerous fatal road traffic accident investigations.  On transfer to Cheshire he spent 12 months in the custody investigation team before promotion to Sgt, then spent 7 years as custody sergeant with compliance to PACE 1984 and the Safer Detention and Handling of Persons in Custody (SDHP) guidelines. Detainee risk assessment specialist and understanding of high risk medical issues relevant to custody. Intoximeter EC/IR specialist and trainer. He is now a Force Incident Sgt in the force control room. His role requires oversight of the whole force, overseeing all emergency and priority incidents and matching resources to demand while maintaining officer safety and public confidence. He is also the Social media advisor and engagement lead to Cheshire Constabulary but also nationally and internationally with other forces and police agencies. Helping officers, leaders and staff; remove barriers to effective use, maximize their potential to reach out to and build relationships with their communities digitally through varied media applications and platforms.  Neil has a strong passion for the dangers of distracted driving with particular emphasis on the use of mobile phones.

He is the creator of the internationally recognized #DontStreamAndDrive campaign and continually campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers. Neil was the International “Connected Cops” Social Media Leadership Award winner 2016 and was shortlisted as Best Tweeting Sgt in 2017 UK Police Twitter Awards. You can find Neil online under the ID @SgtTCS.

Mar 05 2018



2018 LESM & Public Safety Keys For Success

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In this episode of The Police Podcast, Tamrin Olden and Mike Bires from The Law Enforcement dot Social Podcast joined in for a special  crossover episode. 

The three of us discussed what we see happening in the area of law enforcement and public safety social media use giving our own predictions / keys to success for 2018.

Tamrin and Mike's five predictions of success for the coming year are:

  1. Study your analytics
  2. Focus on personal engagement
  3. Create organic engagement
  4. Invest in your presence
  5. Create professional content

My five predictions for creating your best success possibilities in 2018 are...

  1. Strategic Use of Social Media 
  2. Personal Engagement and ROI
  3. Live Video- periscope, Facebook live, Instagram live. 
  4. Invest in technology. Tools, technology, training, and resources.
  5. Professional Content

What was fascinating about doing this show is we didn't share what our ideas were prior to hitting record... we took turns sharing our thoughts only to see that we had lots of overlap and complimentary points. 

I'm thankful to Mike and Tamrin for doing most of the heavy lifting on these show notes.

  • ​Facebook announced how the algorithm would be stifling to getting your posts circulated. 
  • Facebook is going to take priority away from pages and give it back to people who contribute to Facebook engagement. 
  • This Facebook strategy won't be entirely possible because they have a fiduciary responsibility to make money for their stakeholders. 
  • Pages on Facebook are going to have to rely on their engagement with their audience and followers. 
  • Pages are not going anywhere, but your profile will be critical. 
  • Pages and profiles will only see gain success by having fun while portraying your message with fantastic engagement. 
  • Agencies need to invest in technology and not rely on their officers to use personal equipment. 
  • You have to have professional quality images, graphics, and videos. 
  • The excuse of, "I'll just use what I have" is no longer a valid outlook if you want to succeed in the social media world. 
  • People want to see authenticity in your posts. 
  • You want to create content that is going to make people "stop the scroll." 
  • When going live focus on providing content that helps the department gain the interest of its followers and get the focus off of you. 
  • FAQ's, utility videos, how to's, and behind the scene live videos are what are going to grab the attention of your audience. 
  • If you are getting a frequently asked question, go to a live outlet and answer it in depth. 
  • Production videos are useful to post too, but the engagement from live videos with your viewers is where you're going to get the most feedback. 
  • The polished behind the podium is not relatable, and people are going to keep scrolling. 
  • Have organic engagement where you are not fishing for viewers. 
  • Two-way conversations with your residence are essential. 
  • Listen to your audience with question and answer sessions. What they want to learn about are the topics that should have precedence. 
  • Offline customer service can increase your online customer service and engagement. Invest in both. 
  • Don't let your obsession with online social currency take away from interpersonal interaction. 
  • Set the tone for your fans. 
  • Return on investment and social return on investment. If an agency isn't measuring what they are getting back, there is no need for pointless posts. 
  • The tool of social media needs is a serious factor in reaching out to the community and making the connection with the people. 
  • Study the ROI and see what happens. Look at the analytics and become familiar with what type of content people like. 
  • Stay on top of your app updates, solicit expertise, study analytics, read articles and take seminars to stay informed on how social media is changing and how to properly utilize it. 
  • Adjust the content and style of posts. What worked last week, may not work next month. 
  • Tim had to learn to be critical of silly posts and had a realization that the unprofessional content he was seeing from officers, wasn't 'humanizing the badge,' but making a mockery of it. 
  • Be aware of spikes in your followers. Check the analytics of who your audience is to determine whether or not they are quality followers in your community. 
  • Public perception needs consideration. 
  • When posting a dance, challenge or fun video; make sure that there is a purpose and a message conveyed. 
  • Take the time to write down your goals, objectives, and putting a strategy to the purpose and the use. 
  • Communicate to your community and internal audience. Explain your strategy, why you're doing it, how you're going to execute it and work with purpose and intent. 
  • Explore how you're going to reach specific groups and your local community.
  • Make sure you are communicating a positive image. Not only for the police department but the city and the workers. Portray that you care about the town and are going to make it safe and fun for people to live, work and play in. 
  • Be transparent. 
  • Social media and PIO work can put your agency in a positive light and change the reputation of the department. 
  • Socia media is a multi-faceted outlet. 
  • You must implement all of these factors to reach a successful platform. 

Be sure and follow the gang from The Law Enforcement dot Social Podcast... on Instagram and Facebook and their personal accounts, @isocialcop, @idigitalcop, and @tamrinolden.  

Mar 01 2018



The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office On Social Media

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Anthony Rodriguez is the Social Media Manager for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in south Florida. Anthony tells the story about their social media platforms being taken over by an 8 year old girl that had been dead for 30 years and how this girl brought her cold case back to life. 

This is a chilling and powerful use of social media in a case that was specifically chosen that had all the right ingredients to make it a viable case to profile. Here is a Storify that chronicles the take over and case of Christy Lina.

Plus Anthony shares his marketing strategy to get over 600 new followers on the PBSO's Facebook Page in just a few hours, 100% organically.  You can find the PBSO at: Website:

Feb 26 2018



Get Married, Go Bald

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Casie (pronounced KC) Shimanski and I met a couple of years at an event in Florida and have stayed in touch online since.

We've crossed paths in Florida many times missing each other by a few hours here and there or realizing after, "Hey, you were there?"

In December last year we actually came face to face at Social Fresh that was held at Full Sail University.

Casie is part of the Cisco Systems family working with the team dedicated to telling Cisco’s employees story through social media, specifically, Instagram, Twitter and 

. Casie comes from a family of police and has first responder blood also having ties to the fire department as well. Like anyone with that kind of bloodline, you know giving and caring are two traits that come naturally to her.

Her Dad was with the Port Authority PD for NY/NJ for 21 years. 

He worked the '93 WTC Bombing & lost many friends in 9/11 as well.  He has been a "founding" member of Team Live Out Loud (dedicated to Casie’s sister, Kellie's Memory).

He’s gone bald for St. Baldricks’s many times and this year will be an extra special year as Casie is going bald for St. Baldrick’s as well…. And this is a great story.

Casie is getting married on March 22, 2018 and just two days later she is shaving her head for St. Baldrick’s! Now that’s commitment to a cause and you’ll understand that more when you listen to Casie tell the story how here involvement on a personal level came to be.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation doesn't just look to help any is targeting child cancer. Kids that get cancer aren't contracting lifestyle cancer...they are just getting a raw deal on life and could use research dollars and money to help fund treatments specific to their unique needs. 

Every day 43 children will be diagnosed with cancer and 1 in 5 will not win the battle.

Please consider donating to Casie. Her direct link for her fundraising efforts is:

This is a great video on Children's Cancer and the hardcore mission of St Baldrick's

Please reach out to Casie and say, “Hi” and wish her the best for her upcoming wedding and her efforts to help out the fight against childhood cancer. 

Tweet or Instagram Casie at @TheNameIsCasie.

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Feb 22 2018



Desmond Cole & The Toronto Police School Resource Officer Program

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This is a long episode coming in at 2 hours. A couple of highlights...

41 minutes I gave a list of successful black people: police officers, politicians, business, entertainers. According to Desmond, not one is successful based on merit, skills or abilities. 

62 minutes The School Resource Officer Program

One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Benjamin Franklin…. “Love your enemies for they will tell you your faults.” 

Prior to Franklin saying that, Antisthenes said, Pay attention to your enemies for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

And I’m sure he got that from Socrates who said every man needs a faithful friend and a butter enemy. One to advise and the other to make him look about him.

Today’s guest to many in the policing environment in Canada and certainly Toronto is viewed as the enemy. Challenging the norms, shaking up the status quo and forcing police and government to look at how things are done. 

Many will question his motives and many more will refuse to listen to him at all but you can’t ignore what he has done.

In 2015 he penned an incredibly passionate article that allowed readers an insight into the perspective of a man that has been treated differently his whole life because of the colour of his skin.

He can be credited with not just changing how the Toronto Police conducted street checks or ‘carding’, but how the he got the Province of Ontario to change the practice for all police officers.

Was it a system that needed to be fixed?

Yes… did anyone expect the results that happened? Probably not.

But then when you don’t listen to your critics, and worse, you don’t raise a strong voice to offset what is being said… then you’ll lose every time.

The new target of the man…the Toronto Police Service School Resource Officer program. The program that has proven to be incredibly valuable to all youth. But as you hear Demond Cole talk, you’ll soon notice that he has no interest in the positive outcomes and the positive influences that police officers play. He focuses on nothing but the negative… just a few negatives, which are almost completely anecdotal.

He easily asserts that he can’t be questioned because these are his experiences but disregards the experiences of others.

Desmond represents his views through his lens and believes anyone that has success didn’t create their own path using merit and hard work, the likes of Oprah, Lincoln Alexander, Mark Saunders, Peter Sloly, Keith Forde or even President Obama… the got to their positions by other means.

I learned some things from listening to Desmond speak. I made notes of things I want to research further. He gave me food for thought a couple of times… but he refused to see any other point.

I shared knowledge from a perspective he doesn’t know. My perspective as a police officer, coming from a single parent home, lower socioeconomic background and yet, he had no interest in hearing the ‘other side.’

We agreed that this is a much bigger problem than he or I, the police or the SRO program. It’s a historical problem of underfunding, a lack of resources and a lack of commitment to fix problems.

You will notice, that while some people change, adapt and evolve with the times, learn from their mistakes and become better… others refuse to do so and therefore will continue to be bitter and combative about any possible better future.

Jun 14 2017

2hr 1min


Pulse Nightclub Shooting with Orlando Police Department

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Everyone in the Orlando area remembers vividly the events that happened in the early morning hours of June 12th, 2016.

At 2:02 am, The Pulse Nightclub Shooting began and over the next couple of days the reality of one of the worst shootings in the history of the United States took place.

But, for the Orlando Police Department Public Relations Office, June 10th and 11th were very busy days that prepared them for what was about to take the worlds attention.

Wanda Miglio and Michelle hold down those responsibilities in a truly team approach to keeping the public informed through the Orlando Police Social Media channels and the main-stream media.

The end of Operation Safe Streets took place on June 10th, the culmination of a month long project to help make Orlando safer removing crime guns and offenders from the streets.

Later that night, the murder of Christina Grimmie, an up and coming YouTube star who was performing at the Plaza Live Theater, took place. Due to her rising fame and recent success on The Voice the national media ascended on Orlando to cover the story.

June 11th, the team made sure that the information about Christina Grimmie went out throughout the day. Add into the mix a couple of full SWAT callouts, they department and the PIOs were kept busy.

And then… The Pulse Shooting took place.

Wanda and Michelle quickly went into action determining the priorities that had to be identified to effectively do their job. Listen as they share the events from their perspective. 

You can follow OPD on social media: Orlando Police Online:

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Jun 12 2017



Motorcop Returns

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MC - AKA Jason Hoschouer was the very first guest I ever had on The Police Podcast...

I knew at some point I would have him back on. We've kept in contact since that first episode and I've been an avid listener to his podcast, The Crossover Show that he co-hosts with Justin Bieber. MC has been online talking about his duties since 2008 and letting the world know, "If got stopped, you deserved it." He talks about some of the current events that we've been seeing around North America, finances, quality of life and what he thinks are the most important things in life.

Last time MC was on the show he talked about his interest in financial matters after going through debt struggles and finding his way out through training he received from Dave Ramsey.

Well, MC is now taken this to the next level developing the, "Motorcop Mindset" which is a system to help people improve their lives.

MC has always been an author focusing on blog writing, but now he has just published a new book on focusing on budgeting for the first responders, "Badges And Budgets - Personal Finances From A Law Enforcement Perspective".  

Here is the link to his book on Amazon. 

I bought MC's book and it is filled with actionable content and financially sound advice. If all you do is implement what MC talks about in this book, you'll be better of than you are right now...take it to the next level and...well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.


Jason is offering a free webinar for you on Saturday July, 2nd at 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT, in which he will walk you through The Motorcop Mindset and Budgets & Badges.

Here is the link that will take you the registration page.  Follow MC: Twitter Facebook Blog www.motorcopblog.comNew Website - TheMotorCopMindset MC is also a contributor to Uniform Stories. Check out his work there as well:

Make sure you get on the list for his upcoming book to subscribing to his blog. Thanks to MC for taking the time to join us on The Police Podcast!

I'd be honored it you would take the time to rate The Police Podcast and/or leave a review. It would help me be sure to focus on the content you want to hear.



Jun 27 2016



Ep 89 - Speaking With The President

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Mike McCormack is the President of the Toronto Police Association, the largest of it's kind in Canada representing over 8,000 members both sworn and civilian.

Mike comes from a deep policing tradition and like he mentioned in the interview, his dad went up the management side to become Chief and Mike chose the other side to become president.

I'm not sure which title I would rather hold, Chief or president. What the two men have in common is an incredible duty of service to others and Mike has taken the police association in a direction that has increased awareness of the importance to tell the message of what it takes, "to protect those, who protect others."

During this episode, Mike talks about the Toronto Police Transformational Task Force*, public safety, "Carding" and offers advice to other associations.

I hope you enjoy this episode. 

You can contact / follow Mike and the TPA at:

The Toronto Police Association Website Email Twitter Facebook


* When this episode was recorded, Mike had not seen the final report so any comments he made at the time were not based on the report itself. 

Jun 17 2016



Amber Mac(Arthur) and Michael Bazzell

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Two incredible power houses in their own fields joined forces to help parents writing the book, "Outsmarting Your Kids Online - A Safety Handbook For Overwhelmed Parents".

I read this book in about two days. I know some of you could do it in about three hours. It's an easy read but more importantly it's got immediately actionable things you can do to help protect your family.

Amber and Michael talk about the must do's, the need to do's and the should do's that can make an immediate difference in your awareness and knowledge of not only what is happening in your children's life, but what they are doing in their online environment. 

More importantly than that, you can recognize the hazards and dangers that might be knocking on their virtual door trying to get into their real world. 

Amber and Michael have shared their expertise in the cyber world with you in this book in a way that even the most tech challenged individual can get what they are talking about, relate it to your life and show you just how important the information is. 

Think you know everything there is to know? Think again. I've studied both Amber and Michael. I've listened to them teach, I've read their books, I've taken their courses and this book still taught me plenty. 


Amber Mac(Arthur) started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom in the late 1990s. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches.

Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, with her brother, she started her own digital agency called Konnekt. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins. Her company’s clients include Microsoft Xbox, Ford Motor Company, Tony Robbins, Canada Goose, Fast Company, PayPal, Canadian Blood Services, and many more leading organizations.

In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York).  Amber has keynoted more than 250 events around the world, in which she addresses the topic of business innovation and what it takes for companies to adapt and grow.

Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on "Hackers" and various computer crime investigations.

As an active investigator for multiple organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and high level computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals in the use of his investigative techniques.  Michael currently works and resides in Washington, D.C. He also serves as the technical advisor for the television hacker drama "Mr. Robot" on the USA network. His books "Open Source Intelligence Techniques" and "Hiding from the Internet" have been best sellers in both the United States and Europe. They are used by several government agencies as training manuals for intelligence gathering and securing personal information. 

You can find them online everywhere, but for simplicity sake, I'll share their websites and their Twitter links: Amber 

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BONUS: For you Mr. Robot fans, off air I got Michael to open up about Season Two...OMG!!! You will love it...well, at least I think you will. He wouldn't say a word other than he's excited about it and look for it JULY 13!!! If you're not one of the first five to email for your free copy, then click this link to buy the book from Amazon.

Jun 08 2016



Trooper Ben Gardner of the Kansas Highway Patrol

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Ben Gardner is probably better known as @TrooperBenKHP is one part of the Kansas Highway Patrol that has become infamous in law enforcement social media circles as, "The #TweetingTroopers".

Trooper Ben has been using Twitter as his primary tool for outreach to help educate, inform and entertain his community of followers talking traffic safety.

You can find him at crash scenes and community events, conferences and cruisers and you can always be sure that he will be talking about ways to stay out of jail, in your car and on the road safely.

While he is in uniform though, you won't find him in a donut shop but you will find him advising what the Chili Index for the day is. 

You can follow Ben on Twitter as he tweets for C Troop of the KHP.

Jun 03 2016



Brian Fanzo iSocialFanz - Think Like A Fan

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"Connecting great people with great people to do great things." I could leave the show notes right there to tell you everything you need to know about Brian Fanzo.

Brian has a deep, deep history with online activities, which began with cyber security in the Department of Defence. Brian has been on stages talking about the online world for many years but what he is currently in demand for is his thought leadership with building communities and audiences.

Brian is a social and digital strategist who works with many companies introducing them to the space and or making them better in it.

His motto is, "Think Like A Fan" which has led to a movement in personal branding and story telling based on delivering content to your audience that appeals to them because it speaks to them and it is what they want.

"Give people access to people, places or experiences that they can't get anywhere else", you build an awesome audience that gets to live through your world virtually. 

I love relating what brands do in the social space to what police can do to mirror their success and Brian breaks it right down to show how to that.

One of Brian's big points in this episode is being relatable with your audience and that is one of the great benefits of livestream. Authenticity is so vital.

Showing how awesome he is, Brian also "recorded" this episode. He actually live streamed it on his Periscope Channel while we were recording. Here's  a bit of technology for you... Brian was in Virginia. I was in Nevada. I was recording via Skype. Brian was broadcasting via Periscope. His recording was published 13 days before mine. Hmmmm

You can watch the scope here:

I hope you take the time to go and learn more about Brian and follow him in the social space.


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May 23 2016



Christopher D Lewis on Police Leadership

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Chris Lewis was the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police before retiring in 2014 to start his consulting firm, Lighthouse Leadership Services.

Commissioner Lewis is also a special correspondent to Bell Media covering issues relating to policing. 

He was very candid in this interview discussing his feeling on Street Checks (Carding) and that when he was the boss, he had no problem telling his boss the Premiere Of Ontario (respectfully) exactly what he thought. 

Lewis’ leadership experience is wide and varied, including tenures as Deputy Commissioner of OPP Field Operations; Commander of the Investigations Bureau; the Information Technologies Bureau; and the Emergency Management Bureau; as well as the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario at the then Ontario Ministry of Solicitor General. He was Regional Commander of the OPP’s East Region; served as Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch; and worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to establish and lead the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

You can find him here:

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May 16 2016



Humanizing The Badge & A Comedic Cop

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He's best known online as Mike_TheCop on all things social, but he also has a second persona as one of the contributors to, "Humanizing The Badge."

Mike is a Metro Detroit area police officer who infuses his wicked sense of humor within the day to day happenings of a police officer. 

His antics on Vine, Instagram and Facebook are the stuff that legends are made of which has brought a global audience to the things he does in policing and offers a comedic, behind the scenes look at police life.

But, he has a serious side and that can be found at Humanizing The Badge, which is a website and blog dedicated that is described on their website as, "...a group of creatives seeking to participate in the growing voice of support for law enforcement officers around the world."

You can find Mike:

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Don't forget when you follow Mike, also take the time to visit Humanizing The Badge on their social channels as well. FacebookTwitter

Thanks Mike for taking part in the podcast. 

May 09 2016



Why Say Sorry For Telling The Truth?

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From The Oakland Police Department via Nixle The Oakland Police Department would like to apologize for the recent press release addressing traffic safety enforcement during the Cinco de Mayo holiday. We acknowledge that the language in the message sent was completely insensitive to the cultural holiday. We have worked extensively to build trust with all our communities and value the amazing cultures that make up the heart of our City. We are taking appropriate steps to insure that this does not happen again. Our intentions were to raise awareness about drunk driving and notify the community of traffic safety during the important holiday. As for every holiday and celebration, we want to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly and safely.

"We acknowledge that the language in the message sent was completely insensitive to the cultural holiday."...HUH??? What in the world did the OPD say?????

“Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,..."

Well that's true.

I don't understand why police leaders feel the need to apologize because someone gets offended over something that is not offensive. 

The statement, the press release, the stats.....everything was informational, not confrontational and didn't single out a class, culture or group.  A group on Facebook were the ones offended. Literally saying that the police were targeting Latinos

What??? Oh come on. 

Yes, someone put their own words into the release and that's what the police apologized for. 

Then....I saw it. What led to the reversal and apology. A Facebook Group posted it and there were 14 comments and 51 reactions. Oh the horror!!! And not all the comments were against it! Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo says the police department’s warning about the dangers of drinking and driving during Cinco de Mayo twisted the holiday’s rich cultural history into a caricature.

No it didn't!!

Taco Bell has done that along with every other marketing company that is trying to gain market share on social media for the 5th of May.

Leaders lead. 

May 06 2016



Officer Tommy Norman building community through kindness.

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Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Arkansas Police
Department is one of a kind! When I first began following
Tommy, I believed that he must be a community relations officer or
school resource officer. 

The guy is all over social media talking with the community,
showing their good work, this guy interacts with

I was surprised to learn that he is a front line
patrol officer that answers radio calls, arrests bad people
and does his calling with incredible respect and integrity. I also
learned that it isn't just his style of policing, but an a
philosophy that permeates the North Little Rock Police Department
from Chief Mike Davis on down. 

Tommy was quick to point out that the North Little Rock
Police Department
truly wants to embrace their community and
knows the value of building relationships and trust go a long way
in building a better community for everyone! 

A couple of weeks ago Tommy went to Prom with a young lady, he
delivers toys and clothes out of the back of his patrol car and
always has time for a kind word.

If I had to pick three words to describe Tommy Norman from the
short time I spent with him and from the digital footprint he has
created they would be:

  1. Servant
  2. Humble
  3. Honorable

Follow Officer Norman of his social media channels:

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May 03 2016



Ep 81 with Yael Bartur, Digital Strategist for The New York City Police Department

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Yael Bartur is the Digital Strategist for the NYPD and you can
bet that with 116 Twitter Accounts and a massive community she has
her hands full but she takes it all in stride.

With a solid strategy and a plan for growth that includes proper
training, monitoring and management of the department's social
media accounts the task she has comes with a great potential for
many agencies to follow. 

Yael chats about the wins, challenges and who she looks to for
inspiration as she looks for new and innovative ways to promote the
department and the men and women who serve and protect North
America's biggest city.

Yael even teases about a test Facebook account that the
department is using as the pioneer for growth on the world's
biggest social network... and because you are reading this, you get
to see it for yourself.

Like and see how
the community of Washington Heights is being served on Facebook by
their police. 

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Apr 27 2016



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great show

By Shaolin Soprano - Apr 03 2015
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Great show to tune into, Tim does a fabulous job as the host. 5 Stars

I like it!

By The Entrepreneurs Library - Apr 03 2015
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I am a first time listener and very much enjoy the episodes/stories so far. Great show!