The TTPOA Podcast is hosted by two active duty police officers who are serving as team leaders on SWAT teams in Texas. The podcast will cover tactics, training, leadership and whatever else comes up. The main goal of the podcast is to get information out to our first responders who are working on the front lines everyday. Stay Safe and Train Hard.
Cliff Byerly w/ Big Daddy Ron "Putting Hands on People"
As a Marine for over 20 years (12 active duty), the majority of his military career has been serving as a reconnaissance team leader. Cliff has done several deployments including both Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 & 1991. In 1992, Cliff again deployed, this time to Somalia. Cliff finished his active duty in San Diego as a drill instructor.
In 1996, Cliff left active duty to spend more time with his family and joined the LAPD. During his time as a police officer, Cliff has worked patrol, gangs and narcotics. In 2003, Cliff took a break from police work to deploy to Iraq for OIF 1. In Iraq, Cliff was a team leader with 4th Force Reconnaissance.
As a Marine and police officer, Cliff has trained hundreds of Marines and fellow officers in firearms and tactics. Besides being knowledgeable in firearms and tactics, Cliff also has a martial arts background in Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu San Soo, wrestling and BJJ.
Erica Gaines "Unclench Your Butthole"
Erica Gaines is the President and CEO of TacMobility: Controlling the Mind + the Machine, a training program whose vision is to heal the racial divide between people of color (POC) and police officers through law enforcement wellness and community dialogue.
Having met over 100,000 officers since 2013, “The Knife Girl'' has gained wide acceptance into the LEO community. While an unlikely candidate to advocate for police, this dark-skinned, multi-racial woman from Phoenix, AZ, continues to use her voice to talk about trauma recovery, self-awareness, and Suicide: the #1 Cop Killer in America.
Her research began in 2016 when incidents of police involved shootings with unarmed black males were becoming frequent, prompting the onset of large protests. Feeling that the media portrayal of officers was inconsistent with her unique, personal experience but also wanting to get answers to questions like, “why can’t you shoot people in the leg?”or “if officers are innocent, why the payouts?”, Erica embarked on a four-year journey of conducting candid interviews with police officers at training conferences.
In 2017, she participated in the VirTra Use of Force Simulated Training at a FBI National Academy Associate (FBINAA) Conference. Forever changed by the physical experience of a shoot, Erica wondered if ‘police bias’ had more to do with a physiological stress response than racism.
With inadequate clinical research to pull from, in 2019, Erica created the world’s most extensive ongoing study of Law Enforcement Officers and Cumulative Stress. Armed with data, in 2020, Erica created a 4-hour Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) training course accredited through the National Certification Program (NCP) , developed by the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). The training program and fiscally sponsored non-profit, TacMobility: Controlling the Mind and the Machine, offers stress and trauma awareness, rehabilitative stretching, and self-awareness to police officers in the United States.
With her straightforward approach, Erica uses TacMobility to heal traumatized officers in an effort to bring communities closer. She believes that supporting the mental and physical health of officers ultimately brings support back to the community; Enabling them to balance compassion and courage, empathy and protection, creating space for positive community engagement. Her organization recognizes that this is a vital component in developing trust between communities of color and law enforcement.
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Chuck Pressburg "After they made us use all their Nerd Equipment"
On this episode we sit down with Chuck Pressburg from Presscheck Consulting. During our conversation Chuck gets serious about his own demons and life changing events.....
SGM(R) Pressburg retired from the US Army on January 1, 2017 after 26 years of active service, mostly in Special Operations and Special Missions Units. After Infantry and Airborne Training in 1990, Chuck completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program and was assigned to the 1st Bn, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Brittany Mae "Oh Shit, I can't say that"
In this episode we sit down with Brittany Mae of Point Firearms Instruction and discuss life experiences, teaching, training and things we shouldn't say.... Brittany has a passion for people and training. After completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Outdoor Adventure Recreation and Wilderness Leadership she went on organizing team building, growth through risk, and leadership experiences around the world. She has also taught children and adults the English language through experience-based programs. She has instructed private firearms courses, facilitated range operations, and organized range events. Brittany has served as a protective services agent, providing access control to exclusive events, secure transportation, and security surveillance with Progressive Force Concepts Safeguards, Team Zebra and Pinkerton Security.
Robert Vogel "If you're not use to it....it goes off a little early"
In this episode of the TTPOA Podcast we sit down with Robert Vogel, 24-time National Champion and 3-time World Champion to discuss firearms training. Robert is truly serious about real-world practical shooting. Whether your forte is Competition, LE / Military or personal defense, if your goal is to be a "better shooter" then he will help you with that.
Matt Little "Old Guys Rule"
On this episode we sit down with Matt Little of GreyBeard Actual. Matt Little, is a US Army Special Forces combat veteran who has extensive law enforcement experience, including serving as training coordinator and an operational supervisor on a major metropolitan SWAT team, and has worked as a government contractor in non-permissive environments. Additionally, Matt is a lifelong martial artist and former national level competitor. He is also ranked as a master class shooter with pistol and carbine by both the US Practical Shooting Association and the International Defensive Pistol Association
Very well done
The sound is solid and the hosts let the guests speak.Two very important aspects of a podcasts to me.
The hosts also have obviously done their homework on their guests as evidenced by the questions they ask.
Great podcast, hoping for many more episodes.
I subscribed after listening to the first one.
Great job guys!
Great job guys! Keep it going 🤙
Good first episode.
Enjoyed listening to the OGs