48 episodes

If you’re a Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer or support staff, serving or retired and you're leaving the Police, then this is for you! Every episode, I’ll bring you interviews with subject matter experts like CV writers, recruiters, business and mindset coaches, senior executives and more plus interviews with Officers who have successfully transitioned to new roles. We’ll discuss why and how they did it, their fears, how they overcame them and lessons learned and what life is like outside of the Service. I’m your host Andy Labrum, welcome to The Blue Light Leavers Podcast

The Blue Light Leavers Podcast Andy Labrum

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If you’re a Police Officer, Law Enforcement Officer or support staff, serving or retired and you're leaving the Police, then this is for you! Every episode, I’ll bring you interviews with subject matter experts like CV writers, recruiters, business and mindset coaches, senior executives and more plus interviews with Officers who have successfully transitioned to new roles. We’ll discuss why and how they did it, their fears, how they overcame them and lessons learned and what life is like outside of the Service. I’m your host Andy Labrum, welcome to The Blue Light Leavers Podcast

    Ep.48 From Policing to Consultant Child Exploitation Project Manager with Nikki Holmes

    Ep.48 From Policing to Consultant Child Exploitation Project Manager with Nikki Holmes

    From Policing to Child Exploitation Project Manager with Nikki Holmes
    Now some of you may have noticed that the gap between episode 47 and 48 has been a bit longer than usual, and many of you will know I took on a new role at the end of March and it's a massive role and it's taken a lot of getting used to and getting my head round.
    We also have a business interest outside of that which has needed some time and attention and I wanted to make sure everyone inside the Blue Light Leavers group was in a good place and subsequently the podcast was just one of the things I had to drop for a little while.
    However, we're back with a bang and I've some amazing guests lined up over the next few weeks and months.
    My guest today is incredible. The story and the journey that she's been on is so inspiring.
    Nikke is a freelance consultant and owner of Safer Together, and is currently a Child Exploitation Project Manager with Coventry and Rugby CCG (NHS). In this interview, we talk about her current role and her time in the Police and we discuss her reasons why she wanted a career change and the key skills she identified that she was able to across to her new role.
    She also spent time with the Care Quality Commission and more recently, she's developed her own consultancy.
    We talk about the power of networking and using LinkedIn and she also gives some great advice with regards to a training course that she strongly recommends, if you want to follow in her footsteps. She gives so much insight and passes on so much knowledge, I know you'll get loads from this interview.
    Don't forget, you can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers!
    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free!
    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops.

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    • 48 min
    Ep.47 Challenging the System with Rhona Malone

    Ep.47 Challenging the System with Rhona Malone

    Sexism Stops Here! Challenging the System!
    For anyone that's been through or going through the grievance procedure, an employment tribunal or ill-health retirement, you'll know how arduous a journey it is and the impact it has.
    Today I'm talking with Rhona Malone. 
    Rhona is a former officer from Police Scotland and joined the job as a single mum of 3 kids. She had a great career and really enjoyed what she was doing, working with some fantastic people. A little later in her service, she qualified as a firearms officer and joined the firearms team.
    Now she tells the story far better than I ever could, which you'll pick up from the intro, however suffice to say, she had to retire on ill-health and is taking the force to an employment tribunal which takes place in August 2021.
    Rhona has been through an incredibly challenging time and this is a really hard hitting interview.
    I know from experience of supporting 2 officers through the employment tribunal process, that it takes a massive toll on your mental health, takes such a long time and also has a massive impact financially and Rhona has shown such resilience.
    Rhona's story is truly inspirational and with the support of Blue Light Leavers and key members of the group, and also the Police Firearms Officers Association, Rhona has since gone on to do amazing things, including owning her own business as a Property Personal Assistant.
    Rhona is now also supporting other female officers who've been subjected to sexual discrimination and victimisation and she gives details in the episode of how to connect.
    It was 30C when we recorded the episode, so please excuse the birds singing in the background as I recorded outside of the 50C studio! 
    You can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free NEW and UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers for 2021!
    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free!
    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops!
    Don't forget you can also join our Private Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers If you like what you've heard, please subscribe, hit 5* and leave a review and share with your friends and colleagues and come and join us in our Private Facebook Group.

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    • 39 min
    Ep.46 From Policing to TV Documentaries with Ashley Turner

    Ep.46 From Policing to TV Documentaries with Ashley Turner

    From Policing to TV Documentaries
    In this episode, I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with an old colleague of mine, Ashley Turner.
    Alongside being a cop, Ash is actually a staggeringly talented professional close up magician. He was mid service, when, for a number of reasons, he decided to take a career break but after a year, got told that he had to come back or resign.
    Ash returned to the job but realised that it was no longer a good fit and applied for a role with Channel 4 Despatches, not for one moment, thinking he'd be successful.
    Ash talks us through the selection process, the moment he found out he'd been successful and the incredible programmes he's both produced and featured in since.
    He also explains why the TV industry could actually be a really good fit for some former cops, if you have certain personal attributes!
    It was so good catching up with him and you'll get an idea of the quality of this episode from the intro alone.
    You can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free NEW and UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers for 2021!
    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free!
    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops!
    Don't forget you can also join our Private Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers If you like what you've heard, please subscribe, hit 5* and leave a review and share with your friends and colleagues and come and join us in our Private Facebook

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    • 59 min
    Ep.45 The Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack with Nick Bailey

    Ep.45 The Salisbury Nerve Agent Attack with Nick Bailey

    In this episode, I had the absolute honour of speaking with Nick Bailey.

    Nick is a former Wiltshire Police Detective Sergeant who was a victim of the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March 2018.

    During this interview, Nick talks really openly and candidly about what occurred on that day, and the impact that it had on him and his family over the coming weeks and months.

    We talk about his return to work and the challenges he faced with the ill-health process.

    We also talk about the press and publicity and the impact that's had on him and his family as a result of what occurred and we actually look back and reflect on what happened and you'll be surprised at the positives that have come out of such an incredible incident.

    We also talk about what's next for Nick.

    I promise, this is such a great interview and a real privilege to hear what actually happened on the 4th March 2018.

    You can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free NEW and UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers for 2021!

    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free!

    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops!

    Don't forget you can also join our Private Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers If you like what you've heard, please subscribe, hit 5* and leave a review and share with your friends and colleagues and come and join us in our Private Facebook


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    • 59 min
    Ep.44 Close Protection and the Security Industry - CEO of Hunter Protection Karen Connell

    Ep.44 Close Protection and the Security Industry - CEO of Hunter Protection Karen Connell

    Today, I'm talking with Karen Connell.
    Karen is the founder and CEO of Hunter Protection, she's a globally renowned consultant and advisor, with unrivalled expertise in the Security Sector. 
    In this episode we talk about her upbringing and her corporate career and we talk about her experiences of having good and bad protection officers and being on the receiving end of good and poor practice and the difference between the two.
    We talk about how and why she set up Hunter Protection and that as a result of her unique selling proposition, she now has clients such as Shell, Coca Cola, Johnson and Johnson and many more. Alongside this, she also teaches communication and influencing skills to the British Army. 
    We talk about what she's doing to disrupt a very male dominated industry and the challenges she faces and Karen also talks about the importance of connections and leveraging those relationships and we talk about the opportunities for both sexes in the industry and how it's changing and evolving for the better. 
    We talk about the right courses and qualifications to take, the stand out skills (which will surprise you!), and how to make your profile and CV unmissable. We also get some insight into the whole selection process.
     You can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free NEW and UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers for 2021!
    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free!
    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops!
    Don't forget you can join our Private Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers If you like what you've heard, please subscribe, hit 5* and leave a review and share with your friends and colleagues and come and join us in our Private Facebook Group.

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    • 51 min
    Ep.43 John Sutherland Police Commander - Looking Back and a Blueprint for Policing

    Ep.43 John Sutherland Police Commander - Looking Back and a Blueprint for Policing

    Looking Back and a Blueprint for Policing with John Sutherland Police Commander 

    This week's episode is a very welcome return to former Police Commander John Sutherland. 

    John is a former Met Police Chief Superintendent, he is the best-selling author of the books Blue and Crossing the Line, he's a highly sought after police commentator with the national press and media and host of the brilliant, Police Commander Blog. He's also a former guest on Episode 18 of the Blue Light Leavers podcast, where he spoke very openly and honestly about his journey with mental ill-health and his breakdown. 

    In this episode, we're basically just chatting, reflecting on the past 15 months and the impact on policing with so many significant events. We talk about the future of policing and what needs to change and we also get a sneak preview into some really big news. 

    You can also visit the website and blog on www.bluelightleavers.com and download my free NEW and UPDATED guide to LinkedIn for Police Officers for 2021! 

    You can listen to the podcast on shift, walking the dog, pottering about, and do it on your phone, desktop, laptop, or tablet, anywhere and whenever suits you, pause and play and they're all completely free! 

    You can now even ask Alexa to 'Play Blue Light Leavers Podcast' and up it pops! 

    Don't forget you can join our Private Facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers If you like what you've heard, please subscribe, hit 5* and leave a review and share with your friends and colleagues and come and join us in our Private Facebook Group.


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    • 36 min

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Zizis94 ,

Great information

This is really great info and advice for any cops/former cops looking for a new role.

Willino13 ,

Inspired

The episodes speak directly to me as I am in transition stage of my career. Whether for promotion or new career the episode on resumes is beneficial. Planning an exit ,for what ever the reason (which Adrian name a few good common issues), Adrian leaves hope with his own example that it’s not the end.
As always I am looking forward to listening to Andi next. Keep up the great effort with these and future podcasts.

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