Public Safety Innovators
Hear directly from experts and trendsetters who are leading innovation in Public Safety and get expert advice on growing your own post-law enforcement business. Show host Adam Wills is a former law enforcement administrator turned marketing strategist and coach.
Skill Stacking for Business and Professional Growth
July 26, 2021 • 42 MIN
Do you feel like your business or career have become stagnant? Is your income failing to progress as rapidly as you'd like it to? Today on the Public Safety Innovators Podcast I am going to share with you why I think the concept of skill stacking is the trick to get yourself unstuck. The two habits I believe you need to build in order to get the most out of the skill stacking are first, set aside uninterrupted time every day and then you need to possess discernment. Listen in to this episode as I get real about how you can use skill stacking to get what you want out of your life, your business, and your career. I also share what I think are the four phases to growing a multi-million dollar business. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/044
The Importance of a Scientific Approach to Law Enforcement Training
July 19, 2021 • 38 MIN
Training and fine-tuning our skills is an important aspect of how to stay successful as a cop and a copreneur. In this episode, I'm talking with Robert Carlson from Brave Defender Training Group. Robert shares with me, why he thinks that a scientific approach to law enforcement training is paramount to achieving desired outcomes in real life scenarios. We'll also discuss Robert's copreneural journey, starting his own training business while still working full-time in law enforcement. And we also touch on how to create that Winning Mindset that will help assure you always come out on top. Another great conversation, check it out! Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/043
Are Jet-Powered Drones the Future of Public Safety?
July 12, 2021 • 27 MIN
Drones and drone technology are becoming a powerful tool within law enforcement and public safety. But what about jet powered drones? Today my guest is going to share with you his new and unique drone technology. Alex Taits is the founder of FusionFlight and the inventor of a jet powered drone that can fly at speeds up to 250 miles per hour with a 60-mile range. Alex is going to tell us how he came up with the idea and what applications he sees for the public safety market. Listen in to this fascinating conversation. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/042
Financial Peace and Debt Freedom for Law Enforcement Professionals
July 5, 2021 • 59 MIN
What would it feel like to be debt free, to have no payments? To not have to work overtime just to pay the bills? Jason Hoschouer, aka MotorCop, joins me today to swap stories as we dive deep into entrepreneurship, personal finances, and debt freedom. You may know Jason from the MotorCop blog, The MotorCop Mindset, The Crossover Show and the What's Your Emergency podcast. Jason is also a copreneuer, helping cops find financial freedom as a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Coach. Jason joined my exclusive LEO2CEO community several months ago so he could network with other copreneuers and receive expert coaching and business. During this episode, he's going to tell you all about how the last couple months have given him a new sense of clarity and direction in his business, and then share his best tips for crushing debt and living a life of financial peace. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/041
Public Safety to Private Security - A Copreneur's Journey
June 28, 2021 • 42 MIN
Fellow copreneur and member of the exclusive LEO2CEO community Rudy Hernandez joins me today. Rudy is the owner of Trinity Executive Solutions where he and his team offer bespoke private security solutions for companies. During our chat, Rudy will share how his background as a used car salesman has helped him develop his sales prowess as a business owner and how the LEO2CEO community has helped him grow as a copreneur. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/040
Siri and Alexa May Be the Next Big Threat to Officer Safety
June 21, 2021 • 39 MIN
This is hands down the wildest episode of the podcast yet. When I first met the guest for my show today, I was absolutely stunned by what he was telling me is in his opinion, the greatest new threat to officers. Greg Kaminski is a former law enforcement officer, a digital forensic examiner, and the founder and CEO of CyberCuff. He believes that voice activated devices, often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), are an emerging threat that law enforcement needs to quickly gain an awareness. If you too are skeptical about this idea, just as I was, take the time to listen in on this episode and then immediately take Greg up on his offer for a free virtual training event coming up in just a couple of weeks. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/039
The Changing Landscape of Digital Currency
June 14, 2021 • 46 MIN
Today we have a return guest on the show. In fact, Robert Whitaker was my guest for the very first episode. A lot has changed in the world of digital currency over the last nine months since Robert was on the show, he revisits us today to talk about where the industry is heading and what you need to be aware of as an investigator. You'll also get to learn more about Robert's own copreneur journey, as he shares some of his most valuable lessons transitioning from law enforcement into running a successful business. If you haven't already listened to my first interview with Robert, I highly suggest you go back and take a listen. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/038
Solving Mysteries in 3D Isn't Just for Star Trek Anymore
June 7, 2021 • 45 MIN
3D forensics next generation technology for the purpose of crime scene analysis and investigation is powerful. And three-dimensional virtual reality crime scene reconstruction is poised to change the future of criminal investigations. Eugene Liscio is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada, and is the owner of ai23d a consulting company that specializes in 3D forensic documentation analysis and visualizations. Eugene has testified in court in both the U.S. and Canada, utilizing 3d technologies, such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, and has also provided interactive 3D crime scene reconstructions to aid juries. Eugene shares with us how 3D crime reconstruction is being utilized, how your agency can begin to implement the technology and what he believes is in store for the near future. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/037
Why Are Firefighters Better Entrepreneurs Than Cops?
May 31, 2021 • 47 MIN
Drew Aversa is my guest on the show today. He is a former San Jose Firefighter who transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship after a devastating injury that was inflicted during a training incident. Drew is now a Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Corporate Trainer for his self-titled coaching business. Drew and I were having a conversation one day. I pointed out to him that I don’t think I’ve ever met a firefighter that didn’t have a side-hustle and I wondered why it was that firefighters were so well primed for entrepreneurship, yet cops seem to have a mental barricade. Our conversation after that was so good, we decided to jump on and record a podcast to discuss it further. Listen in on our conversation, because I am trying to create a paradigm shift within law enforcement and hope that you too will join me in that. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/036
New Scanner Technology Helps Bust Fake IDs With Marked Accuracy
May 24, 2021 • 42 MIN
How do you know that ID isn't a fake? In this episode, we are going to take a closer look at a new ID scanning solution that actually works for verifying identification and detecting fakes. Mark Baxter is a current cop, budding copreneur, member of the exclusive LEO2CEO community, and friend. And today, he is going to introduce you to SureScan and share some of his lessons learned so far on his copreneurial journey. If you were a budding coprenuer yourself, my hope is that this episode inspires you to pursue your idea too. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/035
Mastering Warrior, Servant, Leadership
May 17, 2021 • 48 MIN
Pat Welsh is the creator of the Warrior, Servant, Leader mindset approach and has written two best-selling books on the topic. He is a decorated and well-known cop and leadership influencer and during this powerful conversation we discuss the Warrior, Servant, Leader mindset and how that relates to the current popular opinion that law enforcement need to abandon a Warrior mindset in place of a Guardian mindset. We also unpack Pat's unique transition into law enforcement and then his subsequent Copreneur journey into the world of running an instructor business. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/034
How Law Enforcement Can EVOLVE in the Wake of Floyd and Chauvin
May 10, 2021 • 47 MIN
At the time of recording this episode, the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial came out just a couple of days before. My guest, Patrick Fitzgibbons and I were chatting via LinkedIn about how the law enforcement profession can move forward after this verdict. And we decided to jump on and record a podcast episode to discuss just that. Our intention here is not to create further political dialogue about this topic, but rather to discuss a viable and healthy path forward. We also delve into a deep discussion about officers transitioning from law enforcement and how they might want to approach this if they are considering a shift. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/033
How Podcasting is Helping Public Safety and Entrepreneurs Connect and Build Trust with Their Communities
May 3, 2021 • 49 MIN
Audio and voice are by far the most natural interface for humans to interact. We like to speak and listen. Because we are now living in an "On Demand" world, consumers and community members want and are expecting to listen to their favorite radio shows on their schedules. This presents a tremendous opportunity to host your own show and communicate directly with your audience and community like never before seen in history. Today we chat about podcasting and how you can use it to connect with your community and build trust. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/032
New Real-Time Technology Connecting First Responders to Critical Infrastructure
April 26, 2021 • 47 MIN
911inform is the only notification and emergency management solution that provides police dispatch, first-responders, and key building personnel with the tools to effectively mitigate any emergency situation. Their connected building platform provides emergency response teams with the bi-directional communication and controls needed to successfully manage a crisis situation and save valuable time. 911inform can easily be implemented across a wide range of industries including hotels, malls, schools, hospitals, municipalities, and any other large public-access space. The groundbreaking system is FREE for all law enforcement agencies. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/031
DRONERESPONDERS: The World's Fastest Growing Non-Profit Program Supporting Public Safety UAS and Drones For Good™
April 19, 2021 • 46 MIN
Throughout the U.S. and around the world you see them launching unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the sky during various types of emergencies and incidents. These are the DRONERESPONDERS, and their ranks are growing every day as more organizations continue to embrace UAS for public safety missions. DRONERESPONDERS is a non-profit program created to unite these new aerial first responders, emergency managers, and search and rescue specialists under a unified organization to help learn, train, and test with one another with the ultimate objective of maximizing drone operations for public safety. There is no cost to join, and as a member, you will have access to DRONERESPONDERS research and information to help make your unmanned aviation operation more successful. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/030
Reinventing Therapy [3]: What to Anticipate When Transitioning out of Law Enforcement
April 12, 2021 • 71 MIN
What do you do when you realize that veterans aren't getting the care they deserve? Lauren Rich left the VA after 7 years of seeing bureaucratic red tape keep vets from getting the mental health treatment they deserved. What she created was a completely innovative method of addressing post-combat mental health. Lauren joins the podcast again to discuss and unpack some of the many challenges law enforcement professionals and combat vets face when transitioning out of their careers and into retirement or a new career. This is part three of a powerful three-part series. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/029
Reinventing Therapy [2]: How to Maintain Sanity During a Career in Law Enforcement
April 5, 2021 • 59 MIN
What do you do when you realize that veterans aren't getting the care they deserve? Lauren Rich left the VA after 7 years of seeing bureaucratic red tape keep vets from getting the mental health treatment they deserved. What she created was a completely innovative method of addressing post-combat mental health. Lauren is back to help us figure out just exactly what Trauma is, and how it can be different for law enforcement professionals versus combat veterans. She also gives some great advice for administrators who are looking for more mental health support and tips for recognizing when you may need to seek help. This is part two of a powerful three-part series. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/028
Reinventing Therapy [1]: Why Current Methods Don’t Work for Vets and Public Safety Professionals
March 29, 2021 • 59 MIN
What do you do when you realize that veterans aren't getting the care they deserve? Lauren Rich left the VA after 7 years of seeing bureaucratic red tape keep vets from getting the mental health treatment they deserved. What she created was a completely innovative method of addressing post-combat mental health. Lauren joins the podcast to help guide us through the process of recognizing when we need help and how to resolve trauma. And on this episode we start to unpack what this means, what it all looks like, and how to get started. This is part one of a powerful three-part series. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/027
From the Military to Entrepreneurship: Transitioning, Leadership, and More with Rob Campbell
March 22, 2021 • 61 MIN
Transitioning from the military to civilian life has many of the same challenges we see with police, but there also some distinct differences. Today, retired Army Colonel Rob Campbell joins host Adam Wills to discuss how his transition from a Commander of an infantry brigade has allowed him to launch his leadership training business, along with his VETtoCEO program. This free course helps veterans and Active, Guard, and Reserve military who are either exploring entrepreneurship as a career path choice or aggressively completing their business plan. This compelling discussion dives deep into leadership as an asset for public safety and military professionals, along with how and why entrepreneurship should be seriously considered when transitioning. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/026
How to Transition and Get Into Corporate Security with Carlos Francisco
March 15, 2021 • 47 MIN
Have you been thinking about transitioning into corporate security? Today's guest, Carlos Francisco, has guided corporate security teams for some of the biggest brands out there, from Disney to Amazon to Facebook. Adam and Carlos break down what it takes to transition into corporate security; the mindset, how to interview well, the cultural differences, and more. Carlos understands what is impactful and has spent years helping people transition from law enforcement, military, and federal jobs into the corporate security world.
Scalable Counter-Drone Detection for Law Enforcement and Private Security
March 8, 2021 • 42 MIN
AeroDefense offers solutions to detect drones and pilots at correctional facilities, stadiums, critical infrastructure, and other high value targets. AeroDefense’s drone detection system, AirWarden™, detects and locates both drone and pilot simultaneously providing actionable intelligence for security teams to respond effectively (and safely) to drone threats. It clicked for Founding CEO Linda Ziemba in 2015 after a drone crashed the US Open Tennis Tournament, she knew then this was a threat that would escalate and she was compelled to find a solution. Listen to this episode to hear the evolution of this truly innovative product and service.
The Only Tactical Drone Purpose-Built for SWAT Teams
March 1, 2021 • 55 MIN
At the age of 13, Blake Resnick completed his first major engineering project in his garage - a fusion reactor. After internships and jobs at McLaren Automotive, Tesla, and DJI, Blake has engineered the world's first drone - the Lemur - that is purpose-built for tactical operations to penetrate and search a structure for barricaded subjects.
Isolation is the Enemy of Excellence
February 22, 2021 • 36 MIN
When we are isolated, we struggle to thrive and achieve that which we aspire for. In today’s episode, I want to talk to you about why isolation is so detrimental to you as a copreneur and give you some ways to overcome it.
Real-time Monitoring of 911 calls for First Responders
February 15, 2021 • 49 MIN
Have you ever responded to an in-progress incident only to find out afterwards that you might have been missing some context that you would've had if you could have eavesdropped on the initiating 911 call? In this episode, Fritz Reber will share with us how his groundbreaking new technology - Live 911 - is prepared to increase situational awareness and reduce officer response times.
Advanced Drone Deployment for Executive Protection and Private Security
February 8, 2021 • 61 MIN
Kent Moyer started his career in executive protection at Playboy and now owns the World Protection Group. In this episode, Kent is going to share how WPG is using drone technology to secure the estates of billionaires and conduct other private security and investigation operations.
From Federal Agent to Silicon Valley Corporate Security
February 1, 2021 • 67 MIN
After spending a career as a federal agent, Scot Walker made a move into corporate security in silicon valley. He is now a Global Risk & Crisis Management Advisor with the Sentinel Resource Group & Mantle Advisors. Scot has a passion for helping cops who want to transition into corporate security themselves, and hosts a series of videos on LinkedIn called How to Transition from Law Enforcement to Corporate Security.
From LAPD Gang Cop to CEO of a Multi-Million Dollar Facebook Ads Agency
January 25, 2021 • 54 MIN
While working some of the most violent streets in America, former LAPD gang cop Jason Smith became the target of a hit from a local gang. Faced with the reality of a decision - remain in law enforcement and risk not coming home one day, or find a new path - Jason discovered his skill at running successful Facebook ads campaigns. Equipped with the same fervor that he attacked gang crimes, Jason set out to begin his own Facebook ads agency and now runs a multi-million dollar business that affords him a lifestyle he never could have attained as a career cop.
Seeking Clarity - How to Propser in 2021
January 18, 2021 • 52 MIN
2020 was insane, and 2021 is lacking a sense of certainty too. In order to prosper in 2021, you must prepare. But in order to prepare, you must first seek clarity. In this episode, we'll talk about how you can prepare for the uncertain things that may happen in your LE career and how to create a backup plan.
Strategies for Safe Interactions with Autistic Individuals with Stefan Bjes
January 11, 2021 • 39 MIN
Misinterpreting the actions of a subject with autism can end disastrously for you and your agency. What are you doing to train and prepare for this inevitability? Training on our response to intellectual disabilities can no longer be treated the same as mental illness. In this episode, Stefan Bjes will lay out for you how your agency can create an effective program for addressing the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities in your community.
Drones as First Responders with Fritz Reber
January 4, 2021 • 52 MIN
Ever wished you could have a live feed of a scene before you arrived? Fritz Reber, co-founder of the Drones as First Responders program at the Chula Vista Police Department and now Head of Public Safety Integration at Skydio, details exactly how drone technology is being used to do just that and more as Skydio advances the future of public safety through the integration of artificial intelligence.
The Grappler Pursuit Intervention Device with Leonard Stock
December 21, 2020 • 50 MIN
Want a safer way to stop vehicle pursuits or prevent them altogether? The Grappler Police Bumper is a pursuit intervention device that is revolutionizing how law enforcement is able to safely capture a fleeing vehicle and protect the lives of innocent motorists. Leonard Stock - the founder of the Grappler - shares with us his inspiring entrepreneurial story as a roofer and fan of police chase shows on tv, who was disturbed by the number of innocent people hurt in vehicle pursuits and was motivated to do something about it.
Breaking Down Training Silos with Bill Fogarty of 21 CLETS
December 14, 2020 • 51 MIN
We train in silos far too often in the Public Safety profession. Real world incidents require real-time collaboration between law enforcement, corrections, fire, EMS, and emergency management. So why don’t we train that way? In this episode, we’ll talk about the importance of cross-discipline training, a problem that is being solved by Bill Fogarty and his team at 21 CLETS. As a very special bonus, Bill and I talk about his journey from cop to entrepreneur and lay out 7 Foundational Principles for Starting Your Own Business Post-Law Enforcement.
Leveraging Social Media for Law Enforcement with Yael Bar tur
December 7, 2020 • 54 MIN
Is your agency struggling with what to post on social media? What social media platforms to be on? Or maybe you aren't on social media at all and are struggling with where to begin? In this episode, former NYPD Social Media Director Yael Bar tur will give you actionable tips and strategies to do social media effectively.
The Innovative Leadership Development Course That Should be in Every State with Kerry Plemmons of the Public Safety Leadership Program
November 16, 2020 • 61 MIN
Public safety leadership is about so much more than how to supervise people or command a scene. Kerry Plemmons is the co-founder of the University of Denver's Public Safety Leadership Program where he is focused on developing holistic public safety leaders. This unique program takes law enforcement, fire, and EMS students into the mountains of Colorado for an immersive 3-day experience that will help these emerging leaders understand team dynamics and grow both professionally and personally . In this episode, Kerry will tell you how you can replicate their program for your own state or region.
The Future of Drone Technology and 3D Virtual Mapping with Angad Singh of Pix4D
November 9, 2020 • 60 MIN
Have you ever wished you could return to a crime scene in 3D virtual space to re-evaluate evidence or re-take measurements? Advances in drone technology coupled with the Pix4D Mapper software can allow you to do just that. Adoption and adaptation of quad-copter "drone" technology into your day-to-day law enforcement operations can give you the edge at creating greater efficiency in operations and increase officer safety. Learn more about the evolution of drone use in law enforcement, what is possible, and what the future may look like in this episode of the Public Safety Innovators Podcast.
Public Safety Innovators and Tactical Breakdown Collaboration with Adam Kinakin - Part 2
November 2, 2020 • 54 MIN
In this part 2 episode, I collaborate with Adam Kinakin of the Tactical Breakdown Podcast for a simulcast episode on both shows. We discuss an array of topics about our show, leadership, training principles and practices, the future of the ILET Summit and much more.
Public Safety Innovators and Tactical Breakdown Collaboration with Adam Kinakin - Part 1
October 26, 2020 • 54 MIN
In this part 1 episode, I collaborate with Adam Kinakin of the Tactical Breakdown Podcast for a simulcast episode on both shows. We discuss an array of topics about our show, leadership, training principles and practices, the future of the ILET Summit and much more.
The Universal Mag Carrier with Jeff Brodsky of Pitbull Tactical
October 12, 2020 • 31 MIN
Do you ever find yourself limiting your choices of which firearm to carry when off-duty based on which mag carriers you do or don't have available? Or which one is most comfortable? You need to check out the Universal Mag Carrier by Pitbull Tactical which can fit alll mags from 9mm to .45 ACP, single or double stack with no adjustments needed. You can even wear it ambidextrous, right or left hand, IWB or OWB.
Cutting Out the Cancer - "That's the Way We've Always Done It" with Scott Savage of Savage Training Group
October 5, 2020 • 61 MIN
We've all heard it and we've all said it, "That's the way we've always done it." In this episode of the Public Safety Innovators Podcast, Scott Savage and I will discuss why we think this mentality is one of the most pervasive cancers that is affecting the law enforcement profession. This attitude stifles our own growth and negatively impacts our ability to serve our communities, adapt to societal expectations, and rise to the occasion.
Implementing a Virtual Training Program for Verbal Communication and De-escalation with Chad Emmons and John DiGiantomasso of Thin Blue Online
September 28, 2020 • 58 MIN
Verbal communication skills are arguably the most important skillset a law enforcement officer must have. So why do we often de-prioritize this critical training in favor of more dynamic training? In this episode we'll discuss the importance of verbal communication and de-escalation skills with Chad Emmons and John DiGiantomasso with Thin Blue Online. Thin Blue Online is a web-based software training solution to help officers increase their skills with regularity. Verbal communication and de-escalation training doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive.
Leveraging Mobile Technology for a Scalable Body Worn Camera and Video Evidence Solution with Alex Popof of Visual Labs
September 21, 2020 • 62 MIN
Deploying a video evidence solution for your law enforcement agency or private security company doesn't have to be an expensive venture that leaves you locked into long-term contracts and proprietary hardware. In this episode we'll talk to Alex Popof with Visual Labs and learn how they are turning the industry on its heels with a complete ecosystem for body worn cameras, dash cameras, and an interview room solution all based on mobile technology.
Starting a Drone Program with Anthony DeMolina of Tactical Drone Concepts
September 14, 2020 • 60 MIN
Navigating all the nuances of starting your own drone program can be challenging. In this episode, Anthony DeMolina of Tactical Drone Concepts will share some considerations to keep in mind when starting your drone program. We'll also discuss training courses and consulting services offered by Tactical Drone Concepts to help you get your drone program started on the right foot without all the headaches, surprises, and unforeseen mishaps.
Removing the Mystery of Digital Currency Investigations with Robert Whitaker of Blockchain Intelligence Group
September 7, 2020 • 71 MIN
The use of digital currency in all levels of crime is becoming more and more common. Your agency needs to be equipped with the tools and training necessary to recognize, investigate, and proactively combat these types of cases. Understanding crypto-currency can seem overwhelming and mysterious, but in this episode, Robert Whitaker from Blockchain Intelligence Group is going to tell us how he and his team are helping to demystify these increasingly prevalent cases.
Eliminating Toxicity and Cultivating Growth-Minded Leaders with Carrie Wooten of Mindset Enterprise
September 7, 2020 • 61 MIN
Identifying the sources of toxicity and stifled growth in your agency can be challenging. In this episode Carrie shares how to eliminate toxicity and cultivate growth-minded leaders so that your agency can thrive and increase employee retention, even in our current challenging environment.