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American Military University is hosting a new podcast unpacking some of the most relevant issues in public safety. Each episode of In Public Safety Matters features expert guests with years of experience in law enforcement, corrections, the fire service, or emergency medical services. Join hosts Leischen Stelter and Dr. Chuck Russo as they dive into the most important topics affecting today's public safety professionals.

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American Military University is hosting a new podcast unpacking some of the most relevant issues in public safety. Each episode of In Public Safety Matters features expert guests with years of experience in law enforcement, corrections, the fire service, or emergency medical services. Join hosts Leischen Stelter and Dr. Chuck Russo as they dive into the most important topics affecting today's public safety professionals.

    Helping Officers Understand and Apply Research Findings | EP43

    Helping Officers Understand and Apply Research Findings | EP43

    While there’s an increasing emphasis on evidence-based policing, much of that research remains inaccessible to officers on the street. In this episode, AMU’s Leischen Kranick talks to Susanne Knabe-Nicol about her efforts to make scientific research practical and useful for law enforcement officers around the world. Learn how she’s converting important research on investigative interviewing, offender profiling, crime analysis and more into videos and online courses to help officers better understand and apply this information. Also learn about her work to improve officer mental health and resiliency through training and educating agency leaders.
     
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    • 39 min
    How Crowd Sourcing Contributed to Arrest in Rebekah Gould Cold Case | EP42

    How Crowd Sourcing Contributed to Arrest in Rebekah Gould Cold Case | EP42

    After 16 years as an unsolved cold case, an arrest was finally made in the murder of Rebekah Gould. In this episode, AMU criminal justice professor Jennifer Bucholtz and investigative reporter George Jared talk about the arrest of William Miller, the first cousin of Rebekah’s boyfriend. Hear how William connected with Jennifer and George through their investigative Facebook group and the tips they received about his involvement. Also learn about the unusual probable cause affidavit from police, which has scant information and raises more questions than answers. Also learn about Jennifer and George’s recent presentation at CrimeCon 2021 and why they’re working to convince law enforcement agencies that citizen detectives and crowdsourcing efforts are powerful tools that could help police solve the 250,000+ outstanding cold cases around the country. 
     
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    • 38 min
    Change Policing By Representing Everyone | EP41

    Change Policing By Representing Everyone | EP41

    Law enforcement agencies face intense scrutiny about how officers treat people of different ethnicities. In this episode, AMU professor Dr. Ashley Taylor talks to 23-year police veteran and now-retired police trainer, Dr. Kathleen Love. Learn how her department trained officers by taking them out into every ethnic community as well as homeless centers, domestic violence centers, religious centers, so officers could learn about these different groups of people, hear about their experiences with police, and listen to their concerns. This strategy not only built empathy and understanding among officers, it opened a line of communication with community members and built mutual trust and respect.
     
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    • 31 min
    Working in Corrections During COVID | EP40

    Working in Corrections During COVID | EP40

    What has it been like working in corrections during the COVID-19 pandemic? In this episode, hear from AMU alumnus Jason Whitehead, who has been a correctional officer for 15 years, about his experience working in a correctional facility. Learn how he manages stress, tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, and recommendations to effectively interact with inmates. Also learn why he earned a Master’s degree in Intelligence Studies and why he recommends anyone interested in a career in the criminal justice system pursue a degree other than criminal justice.
     
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    • 37 min
    Addressing Inequity in Law Enforcement | EP39

    Addressing Inequity in Law Enforcement | EP39

    What has it been like being a black woman working in law enforcement for more than two decades? In this episode, APU professor Dr. Ashley Taylor talks to Dr. Sukeena Stephens about her extensive 24-year law enforcement career working in correctional, immigration and federal law enforcement agencies. Learn about her struggle to get a seat at the table in a white male-dominated field, the disparities she sees when it comes to special assignments and promotional opportunities, and the impact this inequity has on employees who don’t feel supported or recognized by leadership. Learn why senior leaders must have difficult conversations about inequality and work to change their circle of influence in order to create inclusive organizations that better represent America and the communities they serve.
     
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    • 33 min
    The Role of Municipal Leagues in Local Government | EP38

    The Role of Municipal Leagues in Local Government | EP38

    What is a municipal league and how does participation benefit towns and cities? In this episode, APU’s Buster Nicholson talks to Rob Bullington, Director of Communications for the Virginia Municipal League, about the support provided by municipal leagues. Learn how they provide guidance to local elected officials about their roles and responsibilities and keep local officials informed about what’s happening on a state and national level that may affect their municipality. Also learn the strategic role of how municipal leagues communicate with and educate their membership.
     
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