131 episodes

Lifestyle and leadership lessons for police officers

The Squad Room Garrett Te Slaa

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Lifestyle and leadership lessons for police officers

    130: When Your Trauma Explodes with Nick Wilson of The Resiliency Project

    130: When Your Trauma Explodes with Nick Wilson of The Resiliency Project

    One day not too long ago, Officer Nick Wilson was on his way to jail. But there was a problem. 







    The problem was that despite countless trips to county before, this time he was riding in the backseat. 







    He had just been arrested for DUI. But the problem was actually bigger than that. Nick was suffering from a dangerous combination of physical injuries from his career and emotional and mental injuries as well. Doctors prescribed Nick a cocktail of opiates, benzodiazepines and sleeping pills. 







    Nick has done something amazing with such a horrible experience. Nick turned his life around and has become an advocate for mental health treatment and resiliency training for police officers. He is the founder of The Resiliency Project (@the_resiliencyproject). 







    In this episode, you’ll hear how he caught the early warning signs but still didn’t know what to do, how he reacted poorly to the anxiety he felt as a result of his work and how he suffered from crippling anxiety. Nick also shares the story of his arrest and how the sergeant on-scene had a massive effect on him, helped him shift his mindset, and is now a board member of Nick’s non-profit.







    Nick travels around California teaching about his experiences in the hopes that other cops can avoid the pits of despair he fell into. He’s a leader and truly an example of someone willing to Be the One by sharing their story.







    Learn more about Nick and his class at theresiliencyproject.info







    If you or someone you love is struggling right now, please reach out. The Squad Room supports the fantastic work at Copline, staffed 24/7 by trained officers who are able to help you right away. Call them at 1-800-COPLINE.







    Special thanks to our episode’s sponsor, Signature Coins for their support of the show. If you’re looking for high-quality challenge coins, visit their site. Use the coupon code “thesquadroom” for $50 off your first order.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    129: A Widow’s Journey with Carmen East

    129: A Widow’s Journey with Carmen East

    On October 9, 2017, Carmen East’s life changed forever. 







    Her husband, Texas Tech University Police Officer Floyd East Jr. was shot and killed on duty. 







    Carmen joins me on The Squad Room to tell the heart-wrenching story of losing her high-school sweetheart in the line of duty. Her story, and her relationship with Floyd is an absolute must-hear episode. 







    Carmen shares how Floyd’s life-long dream was to become a police officer. It was a goal he worked hard to achieve later in life than most. He was so committed to the cause that he commuted nearly 12 hours roundtrip from his home in El Paso to the campus in Lubbock because they were willing to give him a shot. 







    In this episode you’ll learn: 







    * How Carmen and Floyd fell in love in high school but ended up married to other people. * How they reconnected and supported each other to pursue their dreams. * How Carmen and her daughters learned of Floyd’s death. * How grief and heartache cannot stop a noble spirit committed to a cause. 







    Carmen is the founder of Texas635 (Floyd’s badge number). This wonderful non-profit seeks to offset the sudden expenses incurred by families in the wake of a line-of-duty death. They also provide scholarships to officers to attend first responder trauma retreats. They’re doing wonderful work. 







    Please take the time to listen to this episode. 







    Take care of each other, and stay safe.







    A special thanks to Hard to Kill Fitness for sponsoring this episode. If you’re looking for help getting or staying in shape during these difficult times, check out their wide variety of programs that you can use at-home or in the gym. 







    Check out our store! Go to thesquadroom.net by selecting “shop” or going straight to aworthycauselife.com In fact, our best seller this week is a shirt I call “Greater than the Critic” and it is inspired by the work we’re doing in the midst of this challenging time. 







    Thanks for listening and supporting the show.  

    • 1 hr 9 min
    128: Creating a Winning Mindset with Brian Willis: Leadership Lessons For Police.

    128: Creating a Winning Mindset with Brian Willis: Leadership Lessons For Police.

    I often get asked how to build resilience quickly. You just have to answer one important question. And then you answer that question over and over and over again.







    On this episode, my guest Brian Willis helps us learn how to apply a simple acronym – W.I.N. – to create resilience, improve focus, and become better leaders.







    We also talk about how leadership is a choice, not a rank, and what you can do to create a culture of leadership within your agency, regardless of







    Brian is a 25-year veteran of the Calgary Police Service and for the last 15 years he has traveled North America teaching cops how to improve their mindset and their leadership skills through his company Winning Mind Training. Brian is also the Deputy Executive Director of ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association).







    Watch Brian’s TEDx Talk here







    Or this other great talk here.







    Learn more about his work at Winning Mind Training.







    Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @thesquadroom. Please “like” our Facebook page for updates and join our Facebook group of LEO professionals.







    Special thanks to Signature Coins for their support of the show. If you’re looking for a high-quality challenge coin for your agency or specialty unit, give them a call and use the coupon code “thesquadroom” to get $50 off your order.







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    • 1 hr 8 min
    127: Be Your Own First Responder with Tony Blauer

    127: Be Your Own First Responder with Tony Blauer

    Tony Blauer is the founder of Blauer Tactical and the S.P.E.A.R. System of self-defense. A world-renowned self-defense expert and law enforcement trainer, Tony has studied fear and how our bodies use fear to keep us safe. In this episode, Tony and I cover a wide range of topics including: 







    * To be the best version of yourself, you need self-awareness. * To make good decisions, you need to manage your fear.* How fear can become fuel for growth. * Why we often outsource our safety in ways that aren’t so obvious. * How to be the one, you must practice courage and you can’t be courageous without being afraid. 







    It’s a great episode full of solid advice from an industry leader. 







    Follow Tony on IG at @tonyblauer and learn more at blauerspear.com and knowfearnow.com







    Don’t forget to follow me on IG @thesquadroom and please consider leaving a review if you enjoyed this episode. 







    A special thanks to our sponsors for this episode, Hard to Kill Fitness. With gyms still closed in  many areas, at home body weight workouts have become the norm for many. Check out their wide variety of weight training and bodyweight programs that will get you in the hardest shape of your life. Learn more at hardtokillfitness.co







    Check out our store! Go to thesquadroom.net by selecting “shop” or going straight to aworthycauselife.com In fact, our best seller this week is a shirt I call “Greater than the Critic” and it is inspired by the work we’re doing in the midst of this challenging time.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    126: How to Move Forward, Lead & Win with Dakota Meyer

    126: How to Move Forward, Lead & Win with Dakota Meyer

    Dakota Meyer knows a thing or two about how to move forward and overcoming adversity. That’s why it was a great experience to have him on the newest episode of The Squad Room. A short review of Dakota’s life shows you some of the major obstacles he has confronted and overcome by accepting his reality: 







    * The Battle of Ganjgal where he lost four friends and earned the Medal of Honor. * Feeling listless and without purpose after leaving the military. * Being awarded the Medal of Honor for what he feels is his biggest failure. * Accepting help after pulling the trigger on a suicide attempt. * Dealing with a high-profile divorce filmed for a reality TV show. * His diagnosis with PTSD. 







    In this episode you’ll learn: 







    * Why it’s important to shed the deadweight of meaningless friendships. * How he pushes himself mentally into new territory. * Why he decided to go back into public service by becoming a firefighter. * Why negativity has no place in your future plans. 







    In this episode, Dakota lays out his prescription for leading a meaningful life, while also throwing down some hard truths about what it means to be a public servant and why you and I need to do better. Dakota is a huge supporter of law enforcement but he’s also a critical thinker who makes some valid points. If you’re the kind of cop that gets defensive at any criticism, let this be your trigger warning. 







    But he’s not wrong. 







    Check out the episode at any of the links below. 







    Follow him on Instagram @dakotameyer0317







    Check out Flipside Canvas for some cool wall art. 







    Dakota’s Front Toward Enemy Podcast on Apple  







    A special thanks to Signature Coins for sponsoring this episode. If you’re in the market for a great challenge coin like these. Use the coupon code “thesquadroom” to get $50 off your first order. 







    Check out our store! Go to thesquadroom.net by selecting “shop” or going straight to aworthycauselife.com In fact, our best seller this week is a shirt I call “Greater than the Critic” and it is inspired by the work we’re doing in the midst of this challenging time.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    125: You Can’t Out Train a Bad Diet with First In Nutrition’s Jonathan Montgomery

    125: You Can’t Out Train a Bad Diet with First In Nutrition’s Jonathan Montgomery

    Jonathan Montgomery used to be fat firefighter. Before that, he was a roadie for some of the biggest pop punk bands of the 90s. Several years ago, Jonathan got his act together and lost a ton of weight and is now a ripped former firefighter who owns First In Nutrition along with his wife Anne, also a former firefighter. 







    Jonathan loved working as a firefighter but saw his bigger calling was helping other first responders navigate weight loss and the often tricky relationship we develop with food. He used to get stopped around the firehouse and bombarded with questions about how he did it. Then he took on a few clients Eventually, the work became a full-time job. 







    In fact, he’s currently my nutrition coach helping me work through some of these things as I try, yet again, to lose more weight. 







    In this episode, Jonathan and I reminisce about our shared days in the music industry, the challenges of eating healthy as a first responder, how stress affects our diet, and the simple things we can do to start taking more control of our calories and our lives. 







    Make sure to give him a follow @firstinnurtition







    Find out more at firstinnutrition.com







    A special thanks to Hard to Kill Fitness for their support of the show. Check them out for in-home workout programs that can help you get and stay in shape during this pandemic that seems to be like the Energizer Bunny (it just keeps going, and going, and going…)Check out our store! Go to thesquadroom.net by selecting “shop” or going straight to aworthycauselife.com In fact, our best seller this week is a shirt I call “Greater than the Critic” and it is inspired by the work we’re doing in the midst of this challenging time.

    • 1 hr 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Goodie1586 ,

Kudos from 8yr Canadian Cop

Working shift work for 12yrs, I thought I had a handle on this lifestyle and had healthy habits...I was a bit off and definitely changed my life around positively since listening from episode1! Keep up the fantastic work!

MM51577 ,

Awesome podcast!

Avid listener to this podcast. Love the positivity of it and the wide variety of topics covered. As a patrol Sgt myself in a Campus police environment, I’ve connected with and learned alot. Personal favourite episode is #119.

Mitch G ,

Amazing.

Just started this podcast last week. On episode 13 now. WOW. I’ve been stuck in the weight lifting/distance running/back pain cycle for almost a decade and this is a game changer. Looks like this podcast has become quite successful just based on the amount of episodes - looking forward to the ride.

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