Rank #1: 067: Four Tips for Improving Communication in Your Marriage with Police Wife and Chaplain Lisa Lerner
Police wife, Chaplain, and Bless the Badge founder Lisa Lerner joins Jonathan to discuss four tips for improving communication in your marriage and beyond. She has been married for over 28 years to Chuck, a 30 year law enforcement veteran. Her journey has led her to develop tactical relationship training for officers and spouses so that their marriages can thrive a career in this profession.
Rank #2: 038: How to Improve Your Marriage by Honoring Your Spouse with Police Wife Heidi Hogan
Police wife and Badge of Hope Kansas City ministry leader Heidi Hogan is back with specific and practical advice for law enforcement spouses about improving your marriage. In this episode, she outlines the common struggles that police wives face, shares some of the struggles from her own journey, and suggests four ways for showing honor, respect, and love to your spouse.
Rank #3: 081: Wise Advice from a Retired Cop About What Matters Most in Life
In the face of tragic deaths, line of duty deaths, and suicides of officers, we often find ourselves pondering the meaning of life. If we could ask one of the wisest people to ever have lived, what would he tell us matters most in life? In this episode, Jonathan talks about the answer that came from both a retired cop and one of the wisest men in recorded history. The only question is whether or not you will choose to follow this advice.
Rank #4: 019: Here's Why Marriage Should Matter More to Cops and 5 Resources to Help
Jonathan Parker, host of the Watch Your Six Podcast, explains why the marriage oath should matter more to cops and first responders. He also presents the top five marriage resources to help you prepare for, strengthen, or save your marriage with the reminder that the key to success is being intentional.
Rank #5: 015: Above the Fray with Police Wife, Author, and Speaker Kristi Neace
Kristi Neace is an accomplished author, speaker, artist, and police wife. She is also the founder of a nation-wide, non-profit ministry called Badge of Hope. In this episode, Kristi talks about her marriage and personal journey that led to her writing five law enforcement focused books. She describes the theme of each book, with special emphasis on her new release. Above the Fray is a four-week Bible study designed to support and encourage police wives.
Rank #6: 057: These 3 Tactical Considerations for Officer Safety Could Help You Survive Your Shift
So far, 2018 has proven to be deadly for law enforcement officers. There have been multiple officers killed or wounded by gunfire, and many wonder if there is any end in sight. In this episode, Jonathan discusses three tactical considerations for officer safety that could save your life and ensure that you go home at the end of your shift. For some, this episode is a review of your training and a reminder to avoid complacency. For others, this episode will present new tactics and ideas that you will have to pursue further.
Rank #7: 048: Change Your Mindset and Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck with Nick Daugherty
Nick Daugherty retired from the Grand Prairie, TX Police Department where he continues to serve as a Reserve Officer. After working to eliminate over $80,000 in consumer debt, he was introduced to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover Program. He later became a Master Financial Coach, and has taught thousands of First Responders his "Building Financial Strength" Course. In this episode, he talks about developing the mindset of building financial strength and changing the behaviors that lead us into debt and other financial pitfalls.
Rank #8: 056: Four Things Every New Police Wife Needs to Know with Faith-Wife-Hero Founder Crystal Ienni
Police wife and Faith.Wife.Hero founder Crystal Ienni joins Jonathan to discuss four things every police wife, and especially new police wives, need to know about life as a law enforcement spouse. She started Faith.Wife.Hero in Northern California after realizing there was little support available for spouses in her area. In this episode, she shares insight and encouragement for all of our blue families.
Rank #9: 075: Prepare to Be Spiritually Strong with Behind the Badge Author Adam Davis
Adam Davis is an author and speaker who uses his experience as a law enforcement officer to offer hope and encouragement to others who continue to serve. In this episode, Jonathan speaks with Adam about his journey into and out of law enforcement, the reason officers need to prepare spiritually for the challenges they will face on the job, and his newest 365-day devotional Behind the Badge.
Rank #10: 039: PTSD and Faith on the Force with Michael McSellers (Part 1)
Michael J. McSellers is a United States Marine Corps veteran who has served the Common Wealth of Virginia as a Law Enforcement Officer, Chaplain, and Coordinator for the Rise Christian Police Conference held each year during National Police Week. He is also the host of the Faith on the Force Podcast, which is a new podcast bringing attention to the issues that law enforcement officers around the country face on a daily basis. In this episode, Michael is very transparent about dealing with PTSD, and talks about how he and his family overcame the issues so that he could return to work and help others on their journey towards healing. This is part 1 of 2 episodes that comprise the interview with Michael.
Rank #11: 029: Excellence in Training Part 2 - Muscle and Money Health
I was the featured guest recently on Brian Willis' "Excellence in Training Podcast," a resource through his law enforcement trainers' website at www.ExcellenceinTrainingAcademy.com. You may remember Brian from Episode 004 of the Watch Your Six Podcast. In the interview, I discuss the six tenets of the Watch Your Six concept along with how we can train and develop in each area both personally and professionally. In this episode, part 2, we discuss the areas of muscle and money health. Be sure to listen to parts 1 and 3 also.
Rank #12: 022: Marine Corps Officer and Federal LEO Dan O'Connor on Fatherhood and Mentoring
Dan O'Connor is the Director of Field Operations for the Chief Security Office, FEMA. He is a retired Marine Officer who has provided security leadership and consultation for the rebuilding of the New World Trade Center and 4 Olympic Games. He was also abandoned by his father as a child. In this episode, Dan talks about the adverse effects of being raised without a father and how mentoring can overcome those obstacles to create healthier, higher performing soldiers and first responders.
Rank #13: 016: The Value of Reality-Based Training and Church Security with Agape Tactical's Ken Alexandrow
Ken Alexandrow, founder of Agape Tactical, spent 26 years serving the citizens of middle Tennessee as a career police officer. He worked patrol, as a training instructor for the Metro Nashville Police Academy, on the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, and as a Field Training Officer. In this episode, Ken talks about the services offered by Agape Tactical, the benefits of scenario and reality-based training, and another area of expertise - church security. He offers tips for starting a church security team and recruiting members to serve.
Rank #14: 017: How an Angry NYPD Cop's Life was Transformed with Andrew Columbia
Andrew Columbia served 10 years as an NYPD cop assigned to the "Fighting" 9th Precinct in Lower Manhattan. He was known by his nickname "Iceman" and the feeling that he was going to explode with anger. In this episode, he tells the story of the night it all came to a head on a rooftop in Harlem. What happened there set his life on a totally different trajectory that will encourage, inspire, and impact your life as well.
Rank #15: 064: Greater Loves Has No One Than This
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. We often quote this saying when referring to the line of duty deaths of fellow officers. But where did this saying originate, and how might it apply to each one of us? In this episode, Jonathan explains the origins of this saying as a verse from the Bible in which Jesus laid down His life for us. If we accept the love and sacrifice of our fellow officers, then shouldn't we also consider the sacrifice of Jesus and how He responded in the days before His death to those who were close to Him, hostile to Him, and ignorant of Him?
Rank #16: 082: The Secret Service Report on Assessing and Preventing School Violence Explained in One Essential Truth
What is the reason for all the mass school shootings, and how do we stop them? The United States Secret Service recently released (July 2018) their 32-page report "Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model," which reveals the results of their extensive research and interviews with school shooters. In this episode, Jonathan summarizes the report with one essential truth and explores the heart of the matter more deeply.
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Rank #17: 033: Understanding Your Identity Above and Beyond the Uniform with Jamey Gadourey
Jamey Gadourey is a combat veteran, graduate of West Point and the U.S. Army Ranger School, instructor, and leadership consultant who founded Outsider Consulting. He is passionate about helping leaders and organizations succeed both professionally and personally. In this episode, Jamey defines leadership as "the ability to influence others towards a worthy goal." He also talks about identity and the unique challenges for those of us who work in uniformed services such as the military or law enforcement.
Rank #18: 025: Think Smart Not Hard - 52 Key Principles for Success and Happiness with Roy Huff
Roy Huff is a research scientist, author, and teacher who overcame the hardship of a family plagued by severe poverty and mental illness to earn 5 degrees, work with NASA, and achieve success. In this episode, Roy talks about his newest book, Think Smart Not Hard, and offers advice for overcoming failures, developing a positive mindset, and attaining personal happiness that will lead to professional success.
Rank #19: 018: Honoring Our Wounded Heroes with 9-11 Survivor Jimmy Brown of Wounded Officers Initiative
The Wounded Officers Initiative is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide essential services to help address the long term needs of wounded law enforcement officers whose line of duty injuries have prevented them from continuing their law enforcement careers. In this episode, co-founder Jimmy Brown (a 9/11 survivor who served with NYPD and FDNY) talks about the Initiative, the services they provide, how to partner with them, and how to nominate wounded heroes.
Rank #20: 070: This Noble Calling and a Tribute to the Fallen for Police Week 2018
Every year in May, thousands of officers and survivors journey to our nation's capital for National Police Week where we honor those who have died the previous year in the line of duty. In this episode, Jonathan talks about the foundational view of service in this profession as being a calling, the sacrifice that sometimes accompanies the calling, and offers tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.