The CopDoc Podcast: Aiming for Excellence in Leadership

The CopDoc Podcast: Aiming for Excellence in Leadership

Visit our website: https://www.copdocpodcast.com This podcast delves into police leadership and innovation. The focus is on aiming for excellence in the delivery of police services across the globe. Dr. Steve Morreale is a retired law enforcement practitioner turned academic and scholar from Worcester State University. Steve shares ideas talks with thought leaders in policing, academia, community leaders, and other related government agencies. Interviews with thought leaders drive the discussion to improve police services and community relationships.

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July 26, 2021 46 min

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Barney Melekian, current Chief of the Santa Barbara Police Department in California.  Barney is a lifelong public servant having worked for the Santa Monica Police Department, Chief of the Pasadena Police, Director of the COPS Office for the U.S. Department of Justice, the undersheriff of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. 

A veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Coast Guard, he was depl...

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We interviewed  Chief Jim Viadero of the Newtown, CT Police Department.  A former command staff member for the Bridgeport Police.  Jim serves as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University.  We spoke about the issues of policing, the adjustments needed to adapt for Covid, and to avoid issues that have plagued US policing in the past few years.  

This wide-ranging discussion helped to frame the state of policing, the need for tra...

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Dennis Nayor recently retired as chief of the Ithaca Police Department.  He was previously the Chief of the Oneonta Police, with nearly 25 years of service in policing.  Following an Executive Order from The New York Governor, all police agencies in NY have to submit proposals for reform by April 1, 2021.  

After many focus groups and meetings, a decision was made to drastically change the police department, The plan, which includes...

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We chatted with Chief Jeff Tate from the Shakopee Police in Minnesota. Shakopee is a suburb of Minneapolis.  The Shakopee Police have twice received the International Chiefs of Police Award for Community Policing. 

In a no-holds-barred discussion, we talked about the Goerge Floyd death, the state of policing, collaboration, the rise in mental health calls, and the importance of community relationships.   We became so immersed in the...

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I chatted again with Jim McCabe, retired Inspector with the NYPD, and professor of Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University.   Jim is an evaluator with the ICMA, having conducted 80 police management reviews in the US.  A member of the NYPD, Federal Court Monitor Team, Jim also teaches Criminal Justice courses, including  Police Management and Research Methods. 

We spoke about a wide range of issues including analysis of police d...

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This week we interview Dr. Michele Bratina from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. We talked about forensic mental health, the rise in mental health-related police calls and the mental well-being of respond offers to serious incidents, and the cumulative effect of difficult calls.  Michele has written journal articles and is an expert in Mental Health, having written Forensic Mental Health: Integrating Solutions in Criminal J...

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We continued the interview with Inspector Andy Lacey, from An Garda Siochana, the Garda, the national police of the Republic of Ireland. 

We discussed the reforms being considered for the Garda. 

We talked about mental health and the pilot being created for Crisis Intervention Teams, co-response of clinicians with police officers.   We also talked about Covid and restrictions in Ireland. 

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In this special episode of The CopDoc Podcast, I offer my first Microcast, no guests.  

I refelct on a recent police funeral, the sadness, the tribute, the community support in Worcester.  The Worcester Police Department lost a young officer who jumped into a pond in an effort to save a drowning young man.  Neither the swimmer nor officer survived.   A sad, yet proud awe-inspiring day in tribute for the fallen officer. 
  
Thanks for ...

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We spoke with Dr. Renee Mitchell, retired Sergeant from the Sacramento Police Department.  Renee earned her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  She is one of the founding members of the American Society of Evidence-based Policing and serves on its executive committee.  

In 2009-2010, she was a Fulbright Police Research Fellow, studying juvenile gang violence at the London Metropolitan Police Service.  ...

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Lynda Williams is a retired executive of the United States Secret Service, now a professor of Practice at Middle Tennessee State University.  She is finishing up her term as president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).

We chatted about teaching after a federal law enforcement career, issues facing policing, systemic racism in the US, teaching students interested in Criminal Justice.  Lynda prov...

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Today's episode release is with Armand LaBarge from Canada.  We sat down with Chief Amand LaBarge (retired) formerly of the York Regional Police Service, outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.   The agency serves a population in excess of 1 million.  We talked about the history of policing the current issues confronting policing in North America, the Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, leadership, mental health issues, indigenous p...

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This episode features Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, a professor from Temple University.  Jerry is a former British police officer, author of many articles and books on Reducing Crime and Intelligence-led Policing.  He is the host of the monthly podcast, Reducing Crime.   
We spoke about the state of policing, leadership, the future of policing and the good work done by police agencies.

Hope you find the interview witty, interesting, and infor...

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We interviewed Dr. Erik Fritsvold, Director of the Master in Public Safety Leadership program at the University of San Diego.  We discussed the many issues facing policing, explored the Capitol attack and discussed leadership development.    

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We "traveled" across the pond (and the ether) to talk with Inspector Andrew Lacey of An Garda Siochana, the Irish National Police.  We talked about the history of the Garda, the "Guardians of the People."  We talked about the training, the transformation efforts, the training of Garda, and the leadership lessons.  We also discuss the point of view of happenings in the US, from the Irish perspective. 

Andy is set to e...

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We chatted with Dr. Jim McCabe, a pracademic, an academic with extensive practical field experience.  In a wide-ranging discussion, we talked about the state of policing today, police management studies, leadership, training, and Body-worn cameras.   

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We chatted with Dr. Vicki Herrington, the Director of Knowledge at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM).  We talked about policing, police leadership, training, and approaches to reflective learning on the issues confronting policing and the rising dissatisfaction of police service delivery, especially in urban areas in the states.  

A fascinating interview with Vicki, an international thought leader, showing the sim...

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We interview Dr. Gary Cordner, the Academic Director of the Baltimore Police Department.  Gary has been a police officer, police chief, professor, Academic Dean, and Research Director at the National Institute of Justice, in the LEADS program.

We chatted about the current state of policing, national standards, leadership, and training for police officers.  We discussed the efforts of the Baltimore police in enhancing training to mee...

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We interviewed Ed Davis, retired Commissioner of the Boston Police, former Chief fo the Lowell, Massachusetts Police and CEO of Ed Davis Company.  

We talked about his long career with the Lowell Police, rising to the Chief of Police.  he was appointed Commissioner as one of only two outsiders to command the Boston Police Department. 

We talked about the Capitol attack and the Boston Marathon Bombing.  We discussed the importance of ...

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We spoke with two Lieutenants from the Gainesville Police.  Lt. Marc Plourde and Lt. Charlie Ward proposed a leadership development program for the Gainesville, FL Police Department.  The program was adopted by the Chief and Command staff and is now running its fifth annual session.  The GPD Leadership Academy runs once a month, for a year and accepts 15-20 members each iteration.  

We chatted about the process, the approach, the re...

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We interview Dr. Sarah Abbott, a Licensed CIinical Social Worker (LICSW) clinical, and professor.  Sarah has extensive experience working as a con-responding clinician in Massachusetts police departments.  She managed the expansion of the program, increasing service to 15 police agencies for Advocates in Framingham, MA.  Sarah is now running Abbott Solutions for Justice, LLC.    

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