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Mike is a police SWAT team member, K9 handler, and tactical medic. Jim is an Air Force pilot with a background in close air support and combat search and rescue. Our goal is to elevate the conversation about all things tactical for public safety, military, and concerned citizens. Join us to hear lessons learned about decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

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    • 4.9 • 63 Ratings

Mike is a police SWAT team member, K9 handler, and tactical medic. Jim is an Air Force pilot with a background in close air support and combat search and rescue. Our goal is to elevate the conversation about all things tactical for public safety, military, and concerned citizens. Join us to hear lessons learned about decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

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    Improve your shooting with Mantis

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    • 55 min
    Columbine: Notorious School Shooting, or a Failed Bombing?

    Columbine: Notorious School Shooting, or a Failed Bombing?

    Two High School students carried out one of the most well-known but least understood rampage murders in 1999 that led to a paradigm shift in Active Shooter response in American Law Enforcement and public safety. One of the lesser known facts of this politically charged event was that the attackers carried 99 explosive devices into the school with them at the outset of this attack, and the ripple effect of lessons learned related to rampage murder tactics and doctrine are still being tweaked with today.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Inside the Ghetto Bird, Law Enforcement Aviation with Jeff Ratkovich

    Inside the Ghetto Bird, Law Enforcement Aviation with Jeff Ratkovich

    The value of air support in law enforcement, EMS, and America's fighting forces cannot be understated. Hear about Jeff's journey in police and EMS aviation and ways you can prepare if you are aspiring to a career as a pilot in one of these demanding careers. We talk about ways the balcony-view in the sky can affect the outcome of critical incidents on the ground, some pursuit and medevac stories, and things senior leaders need to understand about commanding a specialized unit. 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Cops and Robbers: The 1986 FBI Miami Shootout

    Cops and Robbers: The 1986 FBI Miami Shootout

    FBI Agents Grogan and Dove tragically lost their lives in the infamous shootout in Miami between multiple FBI Agents and 2 bank robbers. The lessons learned, and technology that arose in the aftermath are still felt to this day 30+ years later. Jim and Mike are joined again by Vince and they discuss some of the incident and what changes law enforcement experienced as a result of this tragic shootout.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Gunfight in Your Bedroom: Defending Your Home

    Gunfight in Your Bedroom: Defending Your Home

    If you get in a gun fight in your bedroom, you're doing it wrong. Keeping bad guys out of your home and away from your family is a core task for anyone serious about defense. Mike and Jim talk us through how to layer your security to make sure you have the unfair advantage.

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    "Tactical" Adulting: The Unclassified Secrets to Success

    "Tactical" Adulting: The Unclassified Secrets to Success

    Sometimes the skills you need to be a professional have less to do with your actual job and more to do with, well, everything else. Put money away for retirement. Have a backup plan. Have a healthy marriage and life at home. Get a hobby. Taking care of your own wellness and the people around you are what help you be a high-performer at work. All the knife hands and shooting drills in the world won’t help you be successful if you don’t show up to work in a state of mind to focus on all the cool stuff.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Ret SWAT Guy ,

Deep Dive

People, ideas, hardware. Before I retired I would have liked to learn this concept. If you are looking for a glossy 30,000 flyover of a topic, move along. These guys do a great job doing deep dives into important topics. Thanks for what is obviously a major effort. Keep it up.

GChnara ,

If you’re in public safety, LISTEN

Not just for public safety, as any citizen can benefit from the information. Those serving the community in public safety need to always be learning. I’ve always said that when you stop learning, it’s time to retire. This podcast will increase your learning and broaden your thought process as a responder to emergencies. Well worth the time to listen.

Riker1321 ,

Favorite Podcast

This is the type of podcast that if you’re into the military, tactics, police, sheepdog civilian, EMS, preparedness mindset you will thoroughly enjoy listening. I look forward to this podcast every release. I have to say that I’m impressed with how well thought out the episodes are and I love that neither Jim nor Mike speak over each other like what happens in other podcasts that are cohosted. Very deep, very real, good talk.

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