Growing a successful post-law enforcement business has unique challenges. Each Monday, join Adam Wills, a law enforcement veteran turned business and marketing expert, as he interviews guests who are experts in business or are managing their own entrepreneurial journey from cop to COPreneur. If you have a law enforcement side hustle, want to explore post-law enforcement entrepreneurship, or just want to hear some great business and marketing advice, this is the podcast for you.
The Stories We Tell Become the Realities We Live
September 26, 2022 • 32 MIN
All things considered, the reality of life as a fighter pilot isn't that much different than that of a cop. For every lap Luke Layman made around the desert at 40,000 feet, we made a lap or two around the city. There were moments of great excitement and hours of "meh", with a public perception that has plenty of Hollywood sprinkled in.
Did that crush a dream or two? Sorry. Luke also says you can't be your own boss, so he's likely to step on some feelings if you stick around.
That said, we HIGHLY encourage you to stick around for some of the purest words of wisdom and insight ever delivered on our show.
Your Website is a Field of Dreams
September 19, 2022 • 33 MIN
One of the most important things any business can have is control of their online presence. No matter how rigid you want to be on your views of technology in general or the internet specifically, in order to run a business in the current year, you MUST have a website.
Simply put, your business WILL ALWAYS HAVE an online presence. And if you're not the one controlling it, Google will take the liberty of filling out the details of your digital space with what it thinks is the best fit.
Do you have the knowledge to run this efficiently yourself? Do you know if your site should be the foundation of all that you do online? Do you know how and why your website is like a crockpot? Which is better, less... or more? Less or more of what?
You NEED to listen to this episode.
Best of Show #3
September 5, 2022 • 28 MIN
With the end of memory lane in sight, we've had a hard time in the editing room. Our guests have been amazing, and creating a "Best of Show" has proven to be a little harder than we anticipated. As we head into the final months of the year, we hope revisiting the older episodes can be just as refreshing and motivating for you as it has been for us.
Best of Show #2
August 29, 2022 • 39 MIN
Don't mind us, we're just looking over our old photos and smiling like fools at the journey that brought us here.
We're not quite ready to tell you to write a book again (But, have you considered it yet? We've done probably 6 episodes about it.) but we're not saying we're above that either. Instead, this episode is looking back at financial freedom, the entrepreneurial mindset, skill stacking, and how to optimize your website.
Best of Show #1
August 22, 2022 • 37 MIN
Starting this podcast, we never dreamed that it would take off the way it has. We've seen guests turn into repeat guests, or better yet, close friends. We've gained much more knowledge than we could ever hope to have imparted (though we do hope we pass it on!), and Seen opportunities arise at home and abroad.
As a fun trip down memory lane, and to give some of our more memorable guests extra air time, we decided to revisit the entirety of the series over the course of the next few episodes as we finish gearing up for Season 3.
Thank you guys, gals, and COPreneurs for making this possible.
Launching a New Business While Working as a Full-Time Cop
August 15, 2022 • 34 MIN
When you've been doing the same thing over and over and over again for 21 years you get options. You can get really good at that thing. You can start to not like it anymore. You can analyze it in ways it has never been analyzed before and pick it apart. You can look for ways to make it better.
Jason Louis may have done just that.
After spending a significant amount of time training other officers, Jason took his gripe sheet and turned it into a to-do list. He started working on changing law enforcement training in a way that most haven't ever seen before, and founded The Briefing Room. Rather than the same cherry picked scenarios and 4,000 slide death-by-PowerPoint, The Briefing Room creates clear, concise videos that stay front of mind and encourage mental exercises and discussion.
Did we mention that he did all this while still working nights at the S.O.?
Leveraging SEO and Search Ads to Grow Your Business
August 8, 2022 • 31 MIN
Backlinks and schema and alt tags oh my!
Do you know what things on your site are impacting your ranking on search engines? Do you know what things you can fix yourself? What things you should hire out? Did you know some of the most dramatic things you can do to rank better have nothing to do with having more people talking about your site? Brandon Leibowitz joins the conversation to help you make sense of all the tech talk.
How to 5X the Value of Your Business in 5 Years with 5 Principles
August 1, 2022 • 29 MIN
Are there really only 5 principles that will drive your business and 5x it in 5 years? Quite possibly.
Are they as simple to define as the Rule of 26? Unfortunately no.
Rather than adding his two cents and giving you "another tool for the toolbox" Steve Preda breaks it down and makes it easy to understand. Without giving too much away, start with why.
Always start with why.
Managing Multiple Jobs and Family Life
July 25, 2022 • 28 MIN
Ryan works at a busy firehouse, runs a marketing company, runs an awesome charity for kids, AND still has time to be a husband and father. He swears this is due to his strict adherence to his calendar but we secretly suspect cloning.
The Power of Writing & Publishing a Direct Response Book
July 18, 2022 • 30 MIN
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis Mike Capuzzi,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door. Only this and nothing more.”
Mis-quoth the Raven, "Just one more!"
We're back, and we're talking about BOOKS! Short Books! #SHOOKS
The Rule of 26
July 11, 2022 • 31 MIN
When it comes time to make decisions that impact your business and how it functions, nobody will argue that knowledge is power. Knowing which pieces of information to focus on, and which ones to ignore, and why, is powerful knowledge in and of itself.
When it comes time to worry about revenue growth, especially in uncertain times, the proper method is to resort to numbers rather than snake oil.
So settle in and lend Michael Buzinski your ear as he explains how focusing on only 3 key metrics will double your revenue.
Create a Culture of Accountability
July 4, 2022 • 31 MIN
We make references to Jocko and Extreme Ownership fairly frequently and now we're joined by Jeff Cohen to talk about a very critical, but sometimes tense topic.
Is it a bastion of personal character? A quasi-confrontational conversation? An all out witch hunt? Maybe all of the above, situation dependent?
How can we approach this in a positive light? And exactly what the heck does it mean to be "count-on-able?"
Come find out.
Every Cop Has a Story to Tell
June 27, 2022 • 33 MIN
A great many people undertake adventures in life that are highly interesting to others. It may even be possible that a great many more people have stories worth writing down, than those who actually put forth the effort to write them down.
What adventures have you had, what knowledge do you possess, what worthwhile content could YOU fill a book with? And why have you not done so?
Lack of time? Writer's block? The constant shifting of priorities?
We're joined this week by Mike Ulmer whose book writing methods are distinctly different than any we've come across so far. How so? Well... we can't give it all away up front!
Don't Sink the Ship: How to Identify the Legal Vulnerabilities in Your Business
June 20, 2022 • 33 MIN
Just like we talked about in episode 56, the legalities of starting, growing, or scaling your business aren't the fun, creative, wonderful things we dreamed about for all those years when we were thinking about becoming a COPreneur. Don't put the cart before the horse, and don't hose yourself later on because of something you skipped when starting out!
Master the Moments That Matter in Your Customer Interactions
June 13, 2022 • 36 MIN
If you've been to a Breacher booth at a show, there is a decent chance I threw cutlery at you and asked "Do you like to eat food sometimes?"
Some of our best connections have come from the engagement opportunities that were unexpected. Anders Boulanger is a PRO at driving engagement, and he joins us this week to share some of the secrets he uses to drive personal connections in person and online.
How to Use Cold Email As a Secret Weapon for Your Business
June 6, 2022 • 26 MIN
Hi [first name], we've been trying to reach you about your vehicle's extended warranty.
Come sit down with Adam and another Adam this week and unlock the secrets to FINALLY understanding how to successfully manage cold email outreach campaigns without being tagged as canned lunch meat.
...spam. Talking about spam here.
Podcast Guesting 101: Grow Your Business by Getting Booked on Podcasts
May 30, 2022 • 33 MIN
"Come sit down with us this week as Nancy Jeutten shares her secrets to making friends with strangers on the internet and getting more awesome air time on other people's podcasts!
As Nancy says, ""Get known, get paid!"
Get Off Your Tailpipe!
May 23, 2022 • 34 MIN
Slow is smooth, and smooth is indeed fast. However, don't think you can leave the car in park and let your inactivity pass for a super slow, and therefore super smooth ride.
This week we unpack some ideas that might contribute to LE's general hesitation to work in our own best interests. After all, the only thing cops hate more than staying the same is changing!
The Secrets to a Kickass Presentation
May 16, 2022 • 33 MIN
If you've ever sat through any form of presentation, chances are great that you've been in one that just... sucked. If you've ever been tasked with giving a presentation, hopefully you've remembered those lackluster presentations and wanted to stay far away from hosting one of your own. But how? How do you manage to captivate an audience while still being informative? Dan Fraser of Fraser Training Solutions, and author of "Kickass Presentations" joins us this week to help break the topic down.
How to Make Money Tax Free
May 9, 2022 • 27 MIN
Is using your retirement savings as business capital a smart move, or a gamble against yourself? Daniel Blue gives his thoughts on the matter and explains that the applications that might not be as crazy as they seem at face value.
Email Marketing That Doesn't Suck
May 2, 2022 • 36 MIN
Summary? I'm not giving you a stinking summary! We're putting topics in a hat and relating ALL of them to business as they're drawn!
Wandering drunkards, Target, murder mysteries, craft beer, spelling errors, Shakespeare, and sending pictures of yourself with random women to your wife are all permissible topics.
Work Your Job, Prepare Your Exit
April 25, 2022 • 33 MIN
When Tim made the choice to skip college to avoid partying, he had no idea that would be the first step in his multi-million dollar business journey. Tim sat down this week to share how he has gained hundreds of thousands of members on his platform, and lost hundreds of thousands of dollars along the way.
Failing is the Secret to Scaling
April 18, 2022 • 32 MIN
"If we always choose comfort, we never learn the deepest capabilities of our mind or body" -Wim "The Iceman" Hof
Just as you NEED failure and adversity in your personal life in order to grow and build character, your business NEEDS failures and adversity in order to survive and thrive.
How can you find boundaries if they aren't pushed? How can you start, grow, or scale if you're planted in the same comfortable spot? Get out there and get after it. Even the sweetest cakes need a little salt.
Are You Letting Your Business Run You?
April 11, 2022 • 32 MIN
It doesn't matter if you meant to or not, you brought more home with you than you should have while you were (or are) a cop. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons you started your own business is to escape some of that, and take command over your own schedule. However if you can't find a way to drop those workaholic tendencies, all you've done is redefine "Retired On Duty."
Be happy. Be healthy. K.I.S.S.
Run Your Body Like a Business
April 4, 2022 • 26 MIN
All LEOs know that physical fitness can be the key to your survival on patrol. But is it really that big of a deal if you work an assignment that is mostly office hours? What if you're retired? Who could you ever need to fight for your very survival now that you're a COPreneur?
Despite everything you just read, my guest this week takes a very logical and guilt free approach to finding motivation and reason to carve time out in your schedule to make sure you're taking care of yourself. Can you push yourself while still remaining inside your comfort zone? Come listen and find out.
Badges & Budgets: A Look Inside the Launch of a Post-LEO Business
March 28, 2022 • 36 MIN
What could be more ironic than a motor cop who spent his entire career issuing citations starting a business that helps individuals with their personal finances?
In this episode we get to look inside the process that Jason Hoschouer aka Motorcop, went through as he left his law enforcement career behind to help first responders get off the vicious cycle of overtime and create a personal spending plan that works.
How to Properly Value Your Startup
March 21, 2022 • 24 MIN
If you have any desire to scale or sell your business you need to hear the knowledge Bharat Kanodia brings to this episode as he explains what investors are looking for in you - and what you need to be looking for in them. As it turns out, the willingness to write or cash a big check is not the only thing that needs to be considered.
Tune in and learn why some startups get a multi-million dollar valuation right out of the gate, and why some can't; how to survive an episode of Shark Tank; and why you NEED monthly recurring revenue.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/078
Coaching Confidence, Not Instructing Fear
March 14, 2022 • 27 MIN
Are you taking on too many things by yourself as you start, run, or grow your business?
Are you STILL doing things the way you've always done it? It might be time to take a new approach and work in a way that creates confidence in uncertainty.
In this episode Jerrod and Adam talk about several ways officers have been conditioned
to get in our own way, as well as several ways to break these habits and win the day.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/077
Run Your Business With Violence of Action
March 7, 2022 • 29 MIN
Are you stuck in the concept or startup phase of your business? Does it seem like you're stalled out on accomplishing the things that are most important for moving the needle? You're not abnormal.
As cops, we become accustomed to the adrenaline rush we get from shifting focus rapidly from one task to the next. But this isn't a good habit for your business. In this episode Austin and I will share some insight into how we shift our mindset to overcome this debilitating habit.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/076
10 Reasons Why You Should Join a Mastermind Group
February 28, 2022 • 29 MIN
Do you want my secret to success with my business? It's Mastermind groups.
Mastermind groups are an incredible way to hyper-charge the growth of your business - regardless of what stage you're in. I believe the people you surround yourself with will have a profound effect on your life, your thinking, and your business. Mastermind groups are for business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs, who want to improve their business and who are willing to put the effort in. A Mastermind group is not a networking group or a coffee club, it is for individuals who are serious about growing their business and who have the discipline to follow through.
In this episode I'm going to share with you my top 10 reasons why you need to be in a Mastermind group, and I'll share with you how you can get started in one today.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/075
Why Customer Experience is More Important Than Customer Service
February 21, 2022 • 41 MIN
When thinking about your customer journey or the path a customer follows when they do business with you, there is a difference between providing customer service and a customer experience. Today Austin and I talk about how implementing a focus on improving your customer journey, including their onboarding process and their entire experience, will help you avoid customer service issues where you are often put in the place of trying to fix something that was not working for them.
Enhancing your customer's experience and making it one they are blown away by, will grow your business. It will help you stand out from the crowd, generate referrals and positive reviews. And you will gain confidence, giving you more flexibility in your offer, allowing you to charge what you're worth. People tell stories about their experiences with businesses all the time, whether good or bad. Let your customers tell stories about the great encounter they had with you. Listen to this episode to learn how you can add value to your business with a better customer experience.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/074
Increase Authority and Revenue with Online Courses
February 14, 2022 • 40 MIN
Most cops have a negative view of online learning. But as a COPreneur, you need to completely re-think your perspective.
Online courses have the ability to create significant opportunities to grow your business's revenue and most importantly create recurring revenue that gives you the capital to scale.
In this episode, co-host Austin Molcyk and I will share with you some ideas and strategies to tap into.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/073
The 10 Alignments of a Happy Hustler
February 7, 2022 • 32 MIN
Are you happy with the life you've created for yourself? If not, it is time for a change. Studies show that two out of every three people are not happy with their current reality. If this resonates with you, listen to this conversation I had with Cary Jack.
Cary's had a slew of jobs across an amazing array of industries. However, it wasn't until he fell victim to his ever-growing entrepreneurial burnout that he realized the importance of work-life balance. He now lives by the mantra, "Balance equals happiness." He's written a book about the "10 Alignments Framework" he uses to achieve this balance. His goal is to teach others how they too can transform their dreams into reality and stop sacrificing happiness. Are you ready to put happiness in your hustle? Listen today!
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/072
Things to Be Excited About in 2022
January 31, 2022 • 127 MIN
2020 and 2021 have been tough for law enforcement. But out of those challenges are coming some very exciting things in the world of law enforcement training in 2022.
In this extended episode, I chat with the host of the Tactical Breakdown Podcast, Adam Kinakin. Adam and I talk about big things happening with the ILET Network, LEO2CEO and BreacherCRM for 2022. Grab some popcorn and check it out!
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/071
The 3 Necessary Things for Any Successful Business
January 24, 2022 • 37 MIN
There are soooo many things to focus on in your business. Where do you put your greatest energy and attention in order to see the highest impact?
Being someone who is very detail-oriented (perfectionist 😂), I have had to come to the inconvenient reality that there are a lot of things you can ignore in your business and still be successful.
Except for these three especially important, foundational things that I'm about to share with you in this episode...
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/070
How Writing a Book Can Grow Your Business
January 17, 2022 • 22 MIN
If you've ever considered writing a book, then you owe it to yourself to listen to this episode! Authoring a book can do tremendous things for the growth of your business and personal brand, but the process of writing, publishing, and promoting a book is simply overwhelming.
In this episode, Julie Broad, founder of Book Launchers, will share with you tips on how to get started writing your book, how to promote it, and even what to do if you have the ideas but no time to write the book yourself.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/069
Emotional Intelligence as a Cop and COPreneur
January 10, 2022 • 31 MIN
How do you think emotionally intelligent police officers handle themselves? How about emotionally intelligent entrepreneurs?
Today on the podcast, I talk with Dr. Michael Goold, a COPreneur himself and a member of the LEO2CEO Community. Michael shares with us his thoughts on why understanding emotional intelligence is so important for the future of law enforcement and lifts the curtain a bit on his own COPreneurial journey.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/068
Automating Your Law Enforcement Instructor Business
January 3, 2022 • 31 MIN
There's nothing worse than finding yourself stuck IN your business when you know you need to be working ON it.
Conversely, there's nothing better than automating all the mundane tasks that suck your time and energy, ultimately meaning you will make more money.
Today I am joined for the first time by co-host Austin Molcyk to talk about the various ways that our new software, BreacherCRM can help you track and nurture leads, increase client retention, book more classes, and create recurring revenue for your law enforcement instructor business.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/067
Turning a Hobby Into a Successful Online Business
December 27, 2021 • 30 MIN
Many cops get so caught up in the idea that they need to establish a business connected to their law enforcement work that they miss out on some of the most lucrative possibilities right in front of them.
Like me, my guest today has been growing a successful business that started off as a hobby. Paul Lewis unintentionally began his business when he started stitching together custom hunting, fishing and tactical gear for himself. Friends and co-workers began asking him to make stuff for them and FHF Gear was born.
Fast-forward to today, when FHF Gear has blossomed into a huge success. It was acquired by Meat Eater Inc last year. Paul is still the company's CEO, and he tells us about his own COPreneurial path in this interview.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/066
Are You Prepared to Suck?
December 20, 2021 • 25 MIN
Being an COPreneur comes with lots of challenges. Chances are, you're going to suck at some things. But that's okay, because you can learn from your mistakes. In this episode, I'll share with you some blunders of my own and how I learned from them.
If you are willing to admit that you're going to suck at some things, you're already on your way to becoming a successful entrepreneur. So listen in and learn how to overcome the suck factor.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/065
The Advantages of Buying Into an Existing Business
December 13, 2021 • 32 MIN
If you're thinking about becoming a COPreneur you don't always have to start a business from scratch. Today I'm chatting with Chad M. Bruckner, a fellow COPreneur who was able to fast-forward his journey from cop to business owner by purchasing an existing business. This can have many advantages, including having processes already in place and revenue flow, making it easier to work on your business and not in your business.
Chad shares his story from a military career, to law enforcement, and now to owning Intercounty Investigations & Solutions, a private investigations company that specializes in pre-employment screenings and investigations. He explains how the opportunity to purchase the business came to be, and how he wrestled with his final decision to leave law enforcement for the private sector. Chad also has a deep passion to help those who struggle with mental health and works diligently to break the stigma surrounding it.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/064
Inbound Marketing: How to Work Smarter Not Harder When Growing Your Business
December 6, 2021 • 32 MIN
SEO is a thing that most COPreneurs don't fully understand. Yet, every entrepreneur and business owner on the planet seems to put SEO at the top of the list of things they think they need for their business to succeed.
SEO is important. Very important. But unless you like throwing your hard-earned cash into a dumpster fire, you better understand the strategy behind it first.
SEO is something that you can't just take lightly or assume that you will get. SEO is one of those things where you have to plan it out and then do it right. You have to spend time and effort planning your approach and then implement it in the right way.
In this episode, my guest, Michael Knorr and l will dive into some basics of what SEO ACTUALLY is and how to start optimizing your website. If you're new to SEO and want to learn more about an effective strategy for your business, stick around till the end of the show for instruction on how to get a free audit and competitor analysis.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/063
How to Productize, Package, and Sell Your Intellectual Property
November 29, 2021 • 25 MIN
How do you package up and productize your intellectual knowledge? And you might be asking, what do I mean by that? Many of you have started or are growing businesses that have to do with your knowledge, your skill, your ability, and other things that you've gained during your law enforcement careers.
Maybe you have started instructor, businesses, or training businesses. And you are using those skills and that knowledge in your business. That is ultimately what you are selling. But the problem is most of you are likely on the hamster wheel of exchanging your time for money. And this is a fruitless endeavor that eventually is going to lead to your burnout.
So, this episode is all about how we take our intellectual property, our knowledge, and how we productize it, package it up, and sell it. How do we take it from something that requires us to be somewhere or do something in person to provide a service, and instead, be able to sell that in a way, put it out there into the world in a way that doesn't require your time and energy. This is a powerful concept that will allow you to live a life of freedom and enjoyment and get off of that hamster wheel.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/062
Step One: The Surprisingly Simple Process To Research, Validate, And Choose The Perfect Online Business Idea
November 22, 2021 • 41 MIN
Coming up with a valid business idea can be a sticking point for many COPreneurs. Today, I want to speak directly to the portion of the audience here that maybe hasn't yet come up with a business idea. Maybe you are in law enforcement right now, you're still on the job. And you're looking at things and saying, "You know what, maybe I need to look at what my options are and look at starting a new business. Maybe it could be an online business."
And if that's where you're at today, you're thinking about starting an online business, or maybe you already have an idea for an online business, and you want to know just how to validate that idea and what the next steps are, then this episode is for you. Listen in as my guest Jake Lang, and I talk about how to come up with a great business idea, and then how to validate it.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/061
How to Use Your Website Alongside Social Media
November 15, 2021 • 35 MIN
Websites versus social media for your business. Where do you prioritize your effort and your energy? This is a question I get asked all the time. There's a balance. Do I need a website? Why should I have a website? Am I okay to just use a Facebook business page or a LinkedIn business page? And in what balance should I give to paying attention to those different items and how do they work in conjunction with each other?
So let's go ahead and just dive right into this topic and talk about it. The very first thing I want to talk to you guys about is whether you even need a website at all. (Spoiler alert: Yes, you do!)
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/060
How to Close More Sales Without Feeling Slimy with Mickeli Bedore
November 8, 2021 • 36 MIN
If you're like most COPreneurs, you struggle with sales. The word "sales" seems like a dirty word that conjures up thoughts of sleazy mattress salesman commercials on TV.
But selling doesn't have to feel slimy. In this episode, Mickeli Bedore from Closers Media will share with us some tips, tricks and tactics to make selling feel more natural.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/059
The Sheepdog COPreneur Part 2 with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
November 1, 2021 • 38 MIN
I'm honored to have Lt. Col. Dave Grossman join me for a fascinating conversation. During Part 1 (Episode 57) we chatted about personal health and well-being, authorship, entrepreneurship, and more. I've broken this into two parts because I didn't want to leave anything out so you, the listener, could take in all the wisdom revealed. We also dove into the concept of the "Sheepdog" and how we as law enforcement or military professionals carry that for life. Listen in to Part 1 if you haven't yet.
And during Part 2, Lt. Col Grossman gives us several of his keys to success. He reveals his "Secret Sauce" and encourages us to push the envelope, which will help us find that successful path. This is a great episode chock-full of golden nuggets!
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/058
The Sheepdog COPreneur Part 1 with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
October 25, 2021 • 36 MIN
I'm honored to have Lt. Col. Dave Grossman join me for a fascinating conversation about personal health and well-being, authorship, entrepreneurship, and more. I've broken this into two parts because I didn't want to leave anything out so you, the listener, could take in all the wisdom revealed. We also dive into the concept of the "Sheepdog" and how we as law enforcement or military professionals carry that for life. Listen in to Part 1 and come back for Part 2 as well!
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/057
Legal Considerations When Forming Your Business with Wesley Henderson
October 18, 2021 • 35 MIN
It's easy to skip to the fun stuff when starting a business like picking a name, or designing a logo and a website. But if you want to do things correctly, you need to consider the legal aspects of starting your business first. Particulars like whether to form your business as a Sole Proprietor, an LLC, or an S-Corporation. And how to do those things without spending an arm and a leg while maintaining a high degree of liability and legal coverage.
Wesley Henderson has years of experience helping entrepreneurs do just that. He started Drafted Legal as an inexpensive online resource for startups with legal templates and guides to get you started off on the right foot. Listen to this episode to learn about the most important factors to consider when starting a business to help keep both you and your customers safe and happy on your path to success.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/056
Overcoming Comparison and Imposter Syndromes
October 11, 2021 • 29 MIN
If you're just starting out as a COPreneur you might find yourself dealing with Comparison or Imposter Syndrome. Don't let these falsities hold you back from experiencing the success you deserve with your business. In this episode of the COPreneur Path Podcast, I'll share my personal story of Imposter and Comparison Syndrome and explain the underlying issue which can lead to these mindset challenges. And then I'm going to tell you exactly how you can overcome both of these debilitating mindsets barriers.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/055
Learning the Ropes: From Cop to CEO of a Venture-Backed Software Company with Ryan Schonfeld
October 4, 2021 • 33 MIN
Scaling your post-LEO business requires capital. What happens when the demand for your product or service outgrows the capital you have to fund operations? It may be time to seek investors. The process of seeking venture funding is a bit elusive and scary. In this episode, Ryan Schonfeld will share some of his lessons learned while growing his company, HiveWatch, through strategic investments.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/054
Avoiding Catastrophe and Finding Success in Your Post-LEO Business with Mark Warren
September 27, 2021 • 38 MIN
Business ain't all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things go wrong, terribly wrong - and the way you choose to respond to those challenges as a COPreneur sets the path for your success or demise. In this episode, Mark Warren of Strategos International shares with us some significant challenges that he and his business partner faced in the earlier days of their post-LEO company and how they navigated them successfully. This episode may help keep you from making some of the same mistakes.
We also share some valuable resources you can tap into today to start preparing for or dialing in your post-LEO business. Mark's willingness to share his stories of struggle and perseverance shows that cops definitely have the resiliency and know-how to succeed in business.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/053
Secrets to Growing Your Authority and Building Your Business Using LinkedIn with Joshua B. Lee
September 20, 2021 • 38 MIN
The most frequent question that comes up from podcast listeners and members of the LEO2CEO Community is, "How do I use LinkedIn effectively to grow my business?" Today, the "Dopamine Dealer" of LinkedIn himself, Joshua B. Lee of Standout Authority, is going to school us on how to make LinkedIn your go-to for customer nurture, leads, and market domination. This episode is more like a mini-course than it is a podcast episode. We cover so many golden nuggets that you may just hear more from Joshua in the future.
Listen to the entire episode to get some of the best advice I've heard about how to leverage LinkedIn to grow your authority, your network, and your business. And be sure to check out Joshua's killer course on LinkedIn, The LinkedIn Authority Accelerator Masterclass. The insight from Joshua will absolutely help you, be sure to check it out.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/052
Three Key Concepts To Consider When Launching A Post-Law Enforcement Business with Scott Savage
September 13, 2021 • 43 MIN
Scott Savage from Savage Training Group joins me on this episode to talk Copreneur. We go over his top three things to consider when planning and launching a business. There's probably a million points and things to think about, but these three are critical to your success. First, identify and be super clear about the problem you are solving. Next, become an expert or hire an expert to do the tasks a business requires. And finally, don't do the "fun stuff" first. Logos and those sorts of things can wait until after you've proven your business is viable.
Listen to the entire episode to get some excellent insight from Scott on what you should be focusing on to get your business off the ground, it's a great conversation full of killer tips!
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/051
Coffee Talk - Starting a Business with Dan Spencer of Filthy Pirate Coffee
September 6, 2021 • 41 MIN
How many cops have had a terrible cup of coffee? I know I had more than my fair share. Today I'm chatting with Dan Spencer of Filthy Pirate Coffee. Dan is a four-year Marine veteran and a 20-year law enforcement veteran of the Tucson, Arizona Police Department.
Dan not only started his coffee company to provide cops and first responders with a darn good cup of coffee (finally!) he gives generously back to the public safety community in a variety of ways. Listen to this episode where Dan and I talk about some of our favorite things: coffee, cops, and business. We swap a few stories and Dan shares some of his challenges and the hurdles he has overcome to build his successful post-law enforcement business.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/050
My Five Biggest Regrets As A COPreneur
August 30, 2021 • 32 MIN
We're making a bit of a shift and with season 2 of the podcast, the new COPreneur Path Podcast! This slightly different platform is actually in response to you, the listeners. I put out a survey a while back on LinkedIn and I surveyed some of you that I have direct contact with, and the response was a resounding, "Yes! We want a podcast that is focused specifically on the idea of copreneurship and the path from going from cop to copreneur, and becoming a successful post-LEO entrepreneur."
So, what I want to do today to usher in this slightly new, slightly changed, or I should say more focused podcast is to talk to you about my five biggest regrets as a copreneur. Now I feel like the term regret is sort of a stronger word than I'd like to use here, because do I actually regret anything? No, I don't. I don't regret a single thing about my journey thus far. Everything that I have been through in both a positive and a negative has been ultimately for the positive.
I don't regret a single thing, but are there things that I would like to go back and change or things that I wish that I knew before what I know now. And that's what this podcast has always been about. It's all about sharing with you my own journey and what I've learned along the way to help you be successful entrepreneurs. I'm hoping that by discussing these five biggest regrets of mine with you, that they too will be helpful. And they'll usher in this new chapter, this new season, this new era in the podcast that is now the COPreneur Path Podcast!
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/049
Career Change, Transition, and Development for Law Enforcement and First Responders
August 23, 2021 • 34 MIN
What happens when a law enforcement or first responder career comes to an end, whether through retirement, resignation or injury? What are the options for a new career or business? And how about the emotional, psychological and family impact of leaving? These are some of the tough questions we tackle during this episode.
I'm talking with Tom Wheelhouse, a former member of the Metropolitan Police in London who now heads up Mightify as a specialist in career change. When it comes to transitioning from your work as a law enforcement or first responder professional, Tom and I both feel it's critical to help you see that there are positive options. It's also important to understand many of the real and perceived barriers can be broken down and there are a host of tool and resources available to help you thrive.
We also touch on what agencies and employers can do to better support, develop, and retain their officers and staff. And because Tom is in the UK, we note a few of the differences and similarities between the UK and the US.This is a great conversation, be sure and listen!
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/048
How Video Can Help Your Business Make More Meaningful Connections with Customers
August 16, 2021 • 33 MIN
Video marketing can be an effective strategy for your business. But many brands and businesses either can't quite get it right, or get stuck and don't employ it at all. On this episode I'm chatting with video producer and fellow StoryBrand Guide John Wojtasek, and he's here to talk with us about the power of video in your businesses marketing, and why you should be leveraging video.
Listen in, and you can walk away today with some tips on how to get started if you aren't already leveraging video. I get it if you haven't tapped into video yet, because it can be an overwhelming thing. John's also going to give us some tips on video best practices, what types of video to create, and where to share them for maximum benefit.
Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/047
10 Things On Your Website That Are Killing Your Conversions
August 9, 2021 • 48 MIN
Your website is arguably the most important element of a successful post-law enforcement business. But if it's not dialed in correctly, your website can be a greater source of frustration than it is of quality leads.
So many business owner's make the same mistakes on their website that only serve to kill conversions. In this solo episode I'm going to lay out for you the ten things I see regularly that are more likely to leave you feeling like your website is a waste of time and money than it is a valuable asset for your business.
Fix these things, and I'm confident you'll see an increase of dollars in your bank account.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/046
How To Translate Your Law Enforcement Experience Into Business Skills
August 2, 2021 • 36 MIN
If you're a cop, I guarantee you've caught yourself wondering what you might do after your law enforcement career is over. In fact, you've probably wondered how your experience can possibly be translated into anything that is not directly law enforcement-related. In this episode Amanda Lewis is going to share with us some practical examples of how you can translate those skills effectively into a resume or with practical application towards growing your own business. Amanda is an investigator at Facebook and an active participant in helping cops transition into corporate security. She has carved out a bit of a niche for herself and being a natural at translating your experience in law enforcement to a corporate record.
Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/045
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 : 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 : 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 : 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.