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Welcome to the COPS Office's podcast series, The Beat. The Beat features interviews with experts from many disciplines and provides law enforcement with the latest developments in community policing.

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Welcome to the COPS Office's podcast series, The Beat. The Beat features interviews with experts from many disciplines and provides law enforcement with the latest developments in community policing.

    William Bratton: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    William Bratton: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    Throughout American law enforcement, there are departments and officers who are policing in a manner that has been influenced by William ‘Bill’ Bratton. He is the only person to have led the police departments of the United States' two largest cities – New York and Los Angeles. Bratton joins The Beat to discuss his career and contemporary issues in law enforcement.

    • 48 min
    Prison Gang Boss to Problem-Solver

    Prison Gang Boss to Problem-Solver

    Andre Norman has had a series of life experiences resulting in a unique prospective on reducing violence. Sentenced for numerous crimes by the time he was 18, rising to become a prison gang boss, and then turning his life around and working tirelessly to lead others to do the same, he has become a sought-after voice in the violence reduction discourse. His organization works with corrections and law enforcement agencies to reach people they simply cannot, but most important, he works to help people on the other side of the law do and become better.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Recruitment and Retention Strategies from Rapid City

    Recruitment and Retention Strategies from Rapid City

    Recruiting and retaining high-quality law enforcement officers has been a struggle for departments across the United States over the last few years. The Rapid City Police Department in South Dakota was one of those agencies, but turned things around in 2023 through a holistic approach that addresses a wide variety of factors that influence who joins the department and is retained.

    • 49 min
    Milwaukee Shoot Review Process: The Need for Collaborative Public Safety Reviews of Homicides and Shootings

    Milwaukee Shoot Review Process: The Need for Collaborative Public Safety Reviews of Homicides and Shootings

    Each week, the Milwaukee Police Department holds a shoot review meeting where they break down information about the reasons and specifics of each incident in a way that informs their ability to prevent further gun violence. This is common practice throughout the field. However, effectively engaging community partners in the process differentiates Milwaukee from most departments, and it is paying dividends. Assistant Chief Paul Formolo discusses Milwaukee’s unique approach in this episode of The Beat.

    • 24 min
    Art Acevedo: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    Art Acevedo: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    Art Acevedo often finds himself on the national police leadership stage. Not because he is intent on being there, but because he calls balls and strikes in a strident manner that endears him to the communities he has served. His views on policing and his leadership of the Austin (TX), Houston (TX), and Miami (FL) police departments can be hard to categorize in traditional terms. He has been as likely to adopt uncompromising approaches toward fighting crime as to drive reforms that reflect contemporary public sentiments about needed advancements. Acevedo currently serves as Chief of the Aurora Police Department in Colorado and joins The Beat to share his thoughts on leadership and the direction of American law enforcement.

    • 45 min
    Ed Flynn: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    Ed Flynn: A Profile in Law Enforcement Leadership

    The unyielding and ‘around-the-clock’ demands placed on law enforcement departments and officers create an unavoidable draw to become engrossed with focusing on responses to crime and disorder – rather than solutions. Ed Flynn is among a cadre of prominent voices in law enforcement who serve as a constant reminder that impactful solutions require that we look upstream and develop sound strategies instead of simply chasing the tail of crime. Over the span of his 47-year career, he has worked in small towns, big cities, and even served as the Director of Public Safety for the State of Massachusetts. In this episode, Flynn joins The Beat to share his insights during a discussion guaranteed to leave listeners inspired and informed.

    • 41 min

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