Retired Police Officer, Anthony McNeil, interviews the men and women of law enforcement, and shows a side of the profession that the average person rarely sees, the human side!
EP 37 - I Was Sweating Bullets Everyday - Police Officer Kris Liberty
Kris Liberty is a 12 year veteran police officer from Chattanooga, TN, who had no interested in becoming a police officer.
Kris stated that he decided to join the law enforcement profession after the Mike Brown incident in Ferguson, MO.
Kris mentions that the Ferguson incident made him want to become a police officer, because he wanted some people to be able to say, "I know at least one cop that wasn't like that!"
Besides being a police officer. Kris is also the CEO of CBD OPS. A company that makes CBD oil. Kris talks about the hurdles he had to overcome in order to get the company off the ground.
He became interested in CBD, after dealing with a number of panic attacks and anxiety and refusing to take medication that was prescribed by his doctor.
EP 36 - I Think in Policing It's a Culture of Silence - Retired Police Officer Merritt Cassell
Merritt is also the founder of Better-Blue.org, a non-profit organization that takes a group therapy approach to supporting law enforcement and first responders by providing a safe place to discuss shared experiences.
If you are a first responder going through your own mental struggles, then this conversation with Merritt, is one you need to listen to.
Merritt shared many very personal things he has gone through such as;
Growing up in a war torn country as a young boy
Being sexual abused at the age of 9
His personal battle with sex addiction
And so much more!
EP 35 - That Feeling of Being Needed - Officer Jon Imperial
Jon Imperial is a 11 year police officer from New Hampshire and he currently serves as a reserve in the military. We discussed how he's currently going through and handling the transformation from law enforcement to construction after a recent move to another state. Jon describes how his need to be "needed" in life has changed.
His Podcast: "https://pointmanpodcast.buzzsprout.com/ (The Pointman Podcast)"
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Topics from the other segments of the interviewDIG DEEPER - I ask question around posts on the guest social media
IG POST: Picture of a old window of some sort
“ That view. Try not to get so front sight focused in life. Be willing to embrace new adventures and new experiences. Step out of your comfort zone, and into the hard stuff. You may feel like you’ve taken a nosedive, but in the end you will be better for it..”
What was the last new thing you have tried?
What’s the hardest thing you’ve gone through or had to do in life?
Is there something that’s out of your comfort zone that you have yet to try?
What’s stopping you from trying it?
IG POST: Pic of a kettlebell
“Get up and grind”
What is it that gets you up and going everyday?
What keeps you awake at night?
IG POST: Pic of a snow capped mountain and blue sky
“It’s the start of another week. Clear your mind. Check in on your friends. Prioritize what you have going on. And push yourself. Push your mind, your body and your soul. Become better than you were last week. Crush it.”
What do you do when you need to clear your head?
What’s your biggest priority at this moment or at this point in life?
When you need to get shit off your chest, is there someone you can vent to or do you hold it in?
What’s the hardest physical thing you’ve ever done?
RANDOM SEVEN - I ask the guest 7 totally randomly selected questions
What’s the most exotic meat you’ve ever eaten?
What could you do all day and night consider it a waste of time?
If you could make a documentary about anything, what would you make it about?
WYR have your toilet overflow every time you flush it or your refrigerator smells like rotten fish every time you open it?
Do you think once you love someone you will always love them? Or do you think love can fade with time?
WYR be hated or forgotten?
What area of your life are you least satisfied with?
THIS OR THAT - The guest has to pick between to topics
Rare, medium or well done
Minivan or station wagon
Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts
Flip flops or sneakers
Take a back road or familiar route
Hamburger or hot dog
Gift card or actual gift
Visual or audible
Midnight or noon
Extra sleep or extra time
EP 34 - I was like wow like I've come a long way - Officer Ashley Smith
If you're on Instagram, into fitness and visit a lot of police related hashtags, then there's a very good chance that you have seen my guest, Officer Ashley Smith.
Ashley is a 13 year vet from the state of New York. She's also a Instagram influencer within the fitness niche, with well over 340K followers.
When you visit Ashley's profile, you will undoubtedly see that she is very confident with herself and very strong willed....
EP 33 - I Need Help - Detective Robert Garland
Robert Garland has 13 years in law enforcement. He current is a detective with NYPD. But Robert is more than just "a cop".
He's the founder and CEO of a much needed platform, "https://fundthefirst.com/ (Fund the First)". It's a verified crowdfunding platform for first responders and those who want to support a first responder.
Robert is also the host of the "https://open.spotify.com/show/5aML03sPwKamB23FHaurUU?si=PmXoHYRnQYSPrDquhccPqw (Heroes First Podcast)", which provides insights and stories from First Responders, Military, Medical and Business professionals.
I had a great conversation with Robert about all of the things he has going on, plus much more once we got into different segments of the podcast.
EP 32 - Make Sure I'm Doing It For The Right Reasons - Tey Lynn-Jones
Tey Lynn-Jones is a Constable with the Metropolitan Police in London, England. He's been in law enforcement for 18 months and he's the first international police officer that has been on the podcast.
Besides being a constable, Tey is also a professional boxer with a impressive record and this dude is loves to run.
I really enjoyed speaking with him and I learned some stuff, like the UK name for a dumpster... a "Skip".
Below are some of the topics /social media posts that Tey and I discussed, broken down by each segment of the podcast.
I had a great time being featured on the podcast. I love listening to everyone story and what they like.
Great podcasts!!! Light hearted but still an honest reality of what it is to be on the job.
Love hearing other LEOs
This podcast is amazing. I enjoy hearing about other LEOs from around the USA. My friend interviewed and it was amazing. She did fantastic and it was great hearing her answers to all the different questions thrown her way!!! Highly recommend!