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Under Reserve is a show about law and law enforcement. Vancouver lawyer Dan Coles sits down with the individuals who shape and enforce the law domestically and abroad. From judges and lawyers, to police officers, politicians and soldiers - Under Reserve explores the stories behind extraordinary people who took an oath of service and who uphold the rule of law.

Learn more at www.underreserve.ca or Instragram @underreservepodcast

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Under Reserve is a show about law and law enforcement. Vancouver lawyer Dan Coles sits down with the individuals who shape and enforce the law domestically and abroad. From judges and lawyers, to police officers, politicians and soldiers - Under Reserve explores the stories behind extraordinary people who took an oath of service and who uphold the rule of law.

Learn more at www.underreserve.ca or Instragram @underreservepodcast

    Episode 15: Colonel Bernd Horn (Ret)

    Episode 15: Colonel Bernd Horn (Ret)

    For more than 30 years Colonel Horn, OMM, MSM, CD, PhD, served in the Canadian Armed Forces, including more than 10 years of regimental service with operational combat arms units.
    In 1993 he was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment as the Officer Commanding 3 Commando. At the time of 9/11 attacks he was the Commanding Officer of First Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment.
    From 2007-2009 Colonel Horn was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) and later would act as the director of the CANSOFCOM Education and Research Centre (formerly known as the Professional Development Centre).
    During his career Colonel Horn also earned a Masters in War Studies and later a Phd, in addition to various honours awarded by the Governor General.
    Colonel Horn released from the CAF in 2016 but continues to serve CANSOFCOM as the command historian, a position he fills as a civilian.
    In this episode Colonel Horn and I discuss the focus of much of his academic work - the history of Canada's special operators. From the WWII First Special Service Force, to the little known Canadian SAS company, to the Airborne Regiment and the standing up of JTF2 - we cover it all.
    You can find Colonel Horn's works published by Dundurn Press and Double Dagger Books.
    Show Notes
    2:10 - Always wanted to serve
    4:40 - Joined RCR in 1983
    5:55 - The Airborne Regiment: Canada’s Cold War Commandos
    10:37 - Discipline issues coming to a head in Somalia
    15:10 - Academic pursuits
    19:00 - Deputy Commander of CANSOFCOM
    20:00 - What is SOF?
    24:00 - Churchill invented SOF?
    30:28 - The myth that SOF is more expensive than conventional forces
    32:57 - Why do SOF operators need to look different?
    32:25 - SOF want to look special
    43:30 - Canadian SAS?
    47:20 - Canadian Airborne Regiment
    49:30 - First Special Service Force
    53:00 - JTF2
    57:10 - From RCMP SERT teams to JTF2
    1:05 - General Hillier stands up CANSOFCOM
    1:14:07 - Prototypical SOF operator? 
    1:16:40 - Canadian SOF culture and keeping a low profile
    1:21:52 - Unleash the Dogs of War, new book published by Double Dagger
    Under Reserve thanks Colonel Horn for his time, and his service.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 14: CO John B. Williams (Ret.)

    Episode 14: CO John B. Williams (Ret.)

    John Williams worked for the Correctional Service of Canada for over 30 years. His service included time at the notorious BC Penitentiary and the Kent Institution - both maximum security prisons.
    In 2020 John wrote Life on the Inside: One Correctional Officer's Story where he provides readers with a frank look at the highs and lows of working a federal corrections officer. His account of a career spent walking the "high fives" is at times graphic, but it's not sensational. John makes it clear that maximum security prisons are not a place where you'd want to spend any time as an inmate, but he doesn't describe these institutions as terrible places to work.
    The work was taxing, and the threat of violence was always present - but like so many men and women who serve in uniform John found strength and sense of community with his colleagues.
    Show Notes:
    4:20 – Discharged from the Navy. No what do I do?6:20 – The jail in New Westminster was hiring10:00 – BC Pen housed the worst of the worst16:00 – Advice from an old con18:00 – Shawshank Redemption22:50 – Why do stabbings happen in prison?25:25 – Gangs in prison29:33 – Prostitution in prison34:15 – Drug dogs40:40 – Sexual pressure on inmates leads to suicide44:50 – Female correctional officers49:40 – What’s the hole?52:40 – Protective custody56:15 – Guards ever get star struck?
    If you enjoyed our conversation, and want to read the book, you can find it here.
    Under Reserve thanks John for his time, and his service.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 13: Dr. Scott Blandford

    Episode 13: Dr. Scott Blandford

    Dr. Scott Blandford is an Assistant Professor at Wilfred Laurier University. He is an instructor and program coordinator for undergraduate and graduate studies in policing and public safety.
    Prior to his career in academia Scott was a police officer for 30 years with he London Police Service in Ontario. He retired at the rank of sergeant.
    The current focus of Scott's research and writing is the selection, and educational requirements for new police officers. In this episode we explore Scott's views on whether it should be mandatory (as opposed to merely preferred) for police officers in Canada to have post-secondary education at the college or university level, and if policing can be described as a profession.
    Under Reserve thanks Dr. Blandford for his time, and his service.
    Show Notes:
    3:24 – Getting a start in policing. Applied to RCMP at 18.12:00 – London, Ontario13:15 – door stop conversation on domestic call15:40 – educational qualifications to be a police officer17:15 – education beyond high school de facto requirement to be police officer25:15 – cultural resistance to police hiring candidates with university education28:04 – police promote to rank rather than to position31:40 – a service that acts professionally vs. a professional service. Policing in Canada is not a profession.43:40 – police officers aren’t paid to lose45:50 – militarization of police50:10 – less-lethal force54:30 – would you do it all over again?

    • 57 min
    Episode 12: Inspector Tim "Gunny" Turner (Ret.)

    Episode 12: Inspector Tim "Gunny" Turner (Ret.)

    Tim “Gunny” Turner joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1982 and by 1986 was a member of 2 Commando/Canadian Airborne Regiment. His time in the CAF included three years in the Patrol Pathfinder platoon, qualifying as a master sniper, time with the Sky Hawks parachute team, and tours in Cyprus, Croatia, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Sierra Leone.
    Gunny retired from the regular force in 2008 at the rank of Master Warrant Officer, followed by a stint in the reserves.
    Gunny pursued a second career with the Alberta Sheriffs, spending over eight years with the Executive Protection Unit (EPU) holding the ranks of 1st Regimental Sgt Major and Inspector. During his time with the Sheriffs Gunny worked for Premiers Redford, Hancock, Prentice, Notley and Kenney as well as Lt. Govs Norman Kwong, Col Don Ethell and Lois E. Mitchell.
     My conversation with Gunny offers listeners a peek inside the capabilities and operations of Alberta Sheriffs, and in particular its Executive Protection Unit.
     Under Reserve thanks Gunny for his time, and his service.
    Show Notes:
    2:15 – Gunny meets the Prince of Wales (Now King Charles III)6:35 – Wanted to be a paratrooper since age 128:05 – Composition of the Canadian Airborne Regiment9:50 – Focus of Canadian Airborne Regiment12:20 Canadian Airborne Regiment sea and land capabilities16:15- Disbanding of Airborne Regiment laid groundwork for modern era Canadian Special Operations17:55 – Sniper qualification and the Princess Patricia’s snipers23:40 – Close call in Afghanistan (’06)26:39 – Transition from regular force to reserves (’08)30:57 – Knowing it was time to get out33:00 – Looking at the Alberta Sheriffs35:00 – Alberta Sheriffs course38:54 – Day in the life of a sheriff in the Executive Protection Unit (EPU)41:10 – Favourite premier to work for43:55 – What goes on behind the scenes?47:25 – When bodyguards have to go hands-on50:00 – Role of the Advance Team52:45 – Local law enforcement love to help58:20- If you could do it over again1:01 – Reflections on CAF in Afghanistan1:05- Life post Sheriffs (2020)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 11: Justice Keith Bracken (Ret.)

    Episode 11: Justice Keith Bracken (Ret.)

    Keith Bracken joined the RCMP in 1963 at the age of 18. He served in uniform for 9 years before going to university and earning a law degree in 1976. He was appointed a judge of the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 1991 and in 2007 was elevated to the Supreme Court of British Columbia where he sat until his retirement in 2018.
    Judge Bracken is a rare individual who can speak from experience about life on the beat, at the bar, and on the bench.
    Speaking with Keith about the life of a Mountie in the 1960s and early 1970s is nothing short of amazing - for better or worse it was a very different landscape back then. His training, his responsibilities as a member, and the nature and risk profile of the work back then is very different than it is now.
    As he transitioned to other aspects of law enforcement (first as counsel, and later as a judge and justice) it is apparent he never lost the common touch.
    Keith's daughter, also a member of the RCMP, is currently serving as an instructor at Depot.
    Show notes:
    4:02 - All mounties learned horseback riding in early 1960s6:40 - RCMP application process took 11 months7:08 - A day in the life of a cadet in the 1960s11:30 - Mounties could be fired, but couldn’t quit unless they purchased their discharge16:10 - Transition out of RCMP19:00 - purchased discharge from RCMP to go to University of Sask21:00 - Mounties in this era prosecuted many of their own cases - including drunk driving and assault25:45 - Graduates law school and obtains articles in Victoria. Called to bar in 1977.27:25 - Pathway to provincial judgeship30:34 - Anyone teach you how to be a judge? (not really)39:15 - Cases involving children the hardest to decide43:10 - Experience as a police officer useful experience as a judge45:20 - Elevation to BC Supreme Court47:15 - Difference between BCPC and BCSC48:40 - Faith in the jury system50:59 - A day in the life of a BCSC justice59:40 - BC Courtroom procedure - forms of address, communications with bench, dress and decorum1:02:34 - Barristers meeting with judges in their chambers?1:09 - Final reflections on rural policing
    Under Reserve thanks Justice (Constable) Bracken for his time, and his service,

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 10: Capt. Kelly S. Thompson (Ret.)

    Episode 10: Capt. Kelly S. Thompson (Ret.)

    Kelly Thompson was a captain in the RCAF where she served for almost a decade before being medically discharged. She is now an instructor and mentor at the University of Kings College in Halifax, NS in its creative nonfiction writing program.
    Kelly’s educational and publishing credentials are impressive. She holds a BA (Hons) from York University where she studied professional writing, an MFA from UBC in creative writing, and a PhD in literary and critical studies in creative writing from the University of Gloucestershire.
    In 2019 McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House published her military memoir Girls Need Not Apply: Field Notes From the Forces. The book was an instant Globe & Mail bestseller and was listed as one of the top 100 Books of 2019. If there was a URP book club, Girls Need Not Apply would be on the list. 
    In this episode Kelly and I discuss her experiences growing up in a military family, and how that experience and the events of 9/11 influenced her decision to put on a uniform. We also explored many of the themes covered in her book: her experience as a young woman in basic training, dating within the military, physical performance standards, sexual harassment, career advancement and mentorship.
    Kelly’s next work, Still, I Cannot Save You: A Memoir of Sisterhood and Grief, also published by McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House is due out in January, 2023.
    Under Reserve thanks Capt. Thompson for her time, and her service.

    • 1 hr 9 min

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