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The Squad Room is a podcast devoted to optimizing the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness of police officers. We tackle any subject that might improve law enforcement wellness and the commitment to ourselves, our loved ones, and the communities we serve and protect. The podcast has three elements: 1) Interviews with subject matter experts who can share knowledge with cops on how to live a better life; 2) Interviews with inspirational active duty and retired law enforcement, and 3) a documentary of the show's host Garrett TeSlaa, a sworn deputy sheriff, as he attempts to apply these lessons learned to his own life. Garrett will report back on progress he has made, tips for achieving your own success, and lessons learned.

The Squad Room: Police Fitness | Health | Wellness | Lifestyle Garrett Te Slaa: Police Sergeant | Law Enforcement Veteran | Host

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The Squad Room is a podcast devoted to optimizing the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness of police officers. We tackle any subject that might improve law enforcement wellness and the commitment to ourselves, our loved ones, and the communities we serve and protect. The podcast has three elements: 1) Interviews with subject matter experts who can share knowledge with cops on how to live a better life; 2) Interviews with inspirational active duty and retired law enforcement, and 3) a documentary of the show's host Garrett TeSlaa, a sworn deputy sheriff, as he attempts to apply these lessons learned to his own life. Garrett will report back on progress he has made, tips for achieving your own success, and lessons learned.

    111: Live from ProForce with @911Strong and @DispatcherKristen

    111: Live from ProForce with @911Strong and @DispatcherKristen

    This episode was recorded live at ProForce Law Enforcement on September 28, 2019. My guests are the dynamic duo and hosts of the 911Strong Podcast, social media star Aram Choe (@911Strong) and Kristen Jauregui (@dispatcherkristen). Both are working hard to help bridge the divide between our communities and our profession using social media as their outlet.







    In this episode, we talk about the dangers of putting yourself out there on social media, problems with navigating an ‘old school’ police mentality, and what they’ve learned as a result.







    Special thanks to ProForce for hosting the event and to Sig Sauer, Taran Tactical, Side Action Apparel, and Spetz Holsters for coming out to show off their gear.







    Since we’re talking about social media, don’t forget to follow me @thesquadroom and join our Facebook group!

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    110: Shots Fired, Officer Down with Officer Josh Comitale: Will to Survive, Winning Mindset, and the Warrior Spirit

    110: Shots Fired, Officer Down with Officer Josh Comitale: Will to Survive, Winning Mindset, and the Warrior Spirit

    A foot chase with an armed carjacking suspect, a partner shot, an open gun battle with no cover or concealment, taking two rounds in the legs, a gun jam…its like every academy training scenario rolled into one nightmare.







    Troy PD Officer Josh Comitale’s nightmare.







    Josh won the U.S. Congressional Medal of Bravery for his actions that day, and after you hear his story, you’ll understand why.







    Here’s the surveillance camera footage that captures the entire shooting. (Josh is seen on foot in the parking lot in the upper right with the flashlight. His partner Chad Klein is seen coming into the seen in his patrol SUV).







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    Special thanks to ProForce Law Enforcement for their support of the show. Sign up here to keep up-to-date on deals in store. If you visit the Brea location and use the password, “The Squad Room” you can get 20% off a Streamlight TLR1 pistol light.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    109: Longevity, Seeking Promotions, Leadership and Advice with Jason Hoschouer

    109: Longevity, Seeking Promotions, Leadership and Advice with Jason Hoschouer

    Jason Hoschouer is a veteran cop in California. Many know him by his alias “Motorcop.” Jason was one of the first cop bloggers and probably the first cop to start a podcast way back in the day with The Crossover Show. He’s also been a previous guest on The Squad Room talking about financial health. 







    Jason has a new podcast called What’s Your Emergency that covers a wide array of first responder topics. You can listen to it at wyeradio.com. 







    Follow Jason on Instagram @themotorcopmindset 







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    Also want to send a special thanks to our sponsor, ProForce Law Enforcement. ProForce is the leading firearms distributor in the West and can handle everything from upgrading agency firearms to individual officer purchases. Check them out at Proforceonline.com

    • 1 hr 17 min
    108: From Hard Charging to Hard Drinking: Alcoholism, Treatment and Recovery with Sgt. Joey Rafferty

    108: From Hard Charging to Hard Drinking: Alcoholism, Treatment and Recovery with Sgt. Joey Rafferty

    Over 27 years, Sgt. Joey Rafferty had every dream job that a hard charging cop would want in a county that requires hard charges. Wedged between Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ, Joey had plenty of action to keep him in the game. It wasn’t until he crashed a patrol car with his kids in the backseat and got arrested for DUI that he finally admitted he had a problem. 







    Sometimes, when you work hard you play hard too and Joey started to play hard often. In this episode you will learn: 







    * The red flags that Joey missed.* Why his partners knew he had a problem but wouldn’t say anything. * How he asked for help.* Coping mechanisms he uses now instead of alcohol. * How a relapse helped his sobriety. 







    Even if you don’t drink, there are important lessons here about the warning signs that got missed, ignored, or explained-away. 







    We owe it to each other to confront alcohol or drug problems in ourselves and others. Not only could we save a career but we could potentially save a life. 







    If you think you or a partner have a substance abuse problem, here are a few resources for first responders. Also, check with your department’s EAP program or your health insurance provider. 







    Alcohol.org – Tons of information, resources and treatment options specific to first responders dealing with substance abuse. 







    CopLine – 24/7 Peer support and crisis intervention. Website has resources and information. Call 1-800-267-5463







    Safe Call Now – 24/7 Crisis Intervention and Treatment Referral for First Responders. 206-459-3020







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    This episode is sponsored by ProForce. ProForce is the largest firearms distributor on the West Coast. ProForce works with some of the largest agencies in the country to help them replace their aging firearms with modern equipment. They also have two retail locations in Brea, CA and Prescott, AZ that service first responders selling everything they need to hit the streets. 

    • 1 hr 46 min
    107: Your Mindset is Everything with POW Capt. Charlie Plumb | Cultivating Resilience, Gratitude & Awareness

    107: Your Mindset is Everything with POW Capt. Charlie Plumb | Cultivating Resilience, Gratitude & Awareness

    Five days before he was scheduled to finish his tour in Vietnam, U.S. Navy F4 Phantom pilot Capt. Charlie Plumb was shot down on his 75th combat mission over enemy territory. He spent the next 2,103 days (almost 6 years) in an 8×8 foot cell as a Prisoner of War, tortured and beaten in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.







    During nearly 6 years of captivity, Charlie shared cells with Sen. John McCain and worked as the right-hand to Admiral James Stockdale where he helped lead the resistance to their captors.







    In this episode, you’ll learn:







    * How Charlie developed his personal Code of Conduct. * When Charlie was shot down, broken, bleeding and in immense pain that wasn’t even the bad news. * What he learned about leadership from being tortured.* Why the POWs had a lower rate of PTSD and stress-related issues than other veterans, and how their mindset saved their lives. * Why a positive attitude can be dangerous to your health. * How Charlie learned the Stoic ideas of accepting reality.







    Charlie has been awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, two Purple Hearts, the Presidential Unit Citation, POW Metal , the Vietnam Service Medal and others. In 2010 he was elected into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame.







    He’s also one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met and his ability to motivate anyone will leave you inspired after this episode.







    Follow Charlie on Instagram @plumbtalk







    You can get his book, I’m No Hero here







    Charlie’s website is charlieplumb.com







    The Jocko Podcast interview I reference in the episode can be found here.If you’re interested in learning more about Stoicism, I highly recommend The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday as a great start.







    This episode is sponsored by ProForce. ProForce is the largest firearms distributor on the West Coast. ProForce works with some of the largest agencies in the country to help them replace their aging firearms with modern equipment. They also have their retail locations in Brea, CA that services first responders selling everything they need to hit the streets.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    106: Building Strength in Your Brain and Biceps with Mark Bell

    106: Building Strength in Your Brain and Biceps with Mark Bell

    Mark “Smelly” Bell is an American and world-record holder powerlifter, inventor of the Sling Shot, star of the movie Bigger, Stronger, Faster, the publisher of Power Magazine, host of the Mark Bell’s Power Project podcast, a YouTube star and much more.







    Mark also used to be known for being fat – like really fat.







    But a few years ago, Mark decided to make the changes necessary to help him step into a new reality where he is a legitimate health and fitness leaders. He did it my identifying what he could control, and then he attacked it with hard work and optimism.







    In this episode, you’ll learn:







    * Why it’s important to be patient with yourself when you’re trying to make changes. * How celebrating small wins can get you to large goals. * Why calories count, but why you shouldn’t be counting them. * How intermittent fasting can help improve your cardio and your mental clarity.







    …and much more.







    He’s also one of the most genuine, and generous, people I’ve ever met and his ability to motivate anyone will leave you inspired after this episode.







    Follow Mark on Instagram @marksmellybell







    Mark’s website with his products at https://markbellslingshot.com/















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    Special thanks to Ranger Up for their support of the show. Use the code thesquadroom to get 10% off your order.







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