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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Top Ranked CJEvolution Podcast. This show is top ranked because of YOU, the listener and supporter. Please continue to share with your family and friends, and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts. 

I am so proud of you for serving and protecting your community. It is a very difficult environment, but you go out everyday and do what you do. Remember that you are honored, cherished and loved. Please be safe and continue your great work. 

As a law enforcement professional you are constantly being presented with various forms of identification. What if you could check that identification for authenticity? Now you can with SureScan Age ID. I am so excited to be partnered with Mark Baxter and his company SureScan. Contact SureScan for a free demo at www.surescan.us/cjevolutuion

Feel overwhelmed? Are you abusing alcohol or drugs? FHE - Health and The Shatterproof Program for First Responders are here to help you. Getting YOU the treatment you deserve is our primary mission. Please reach out today at 844-650-1399 or me directly at 303-960-9819. All calls are confidential. 

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Everyone is talking resiliency which is good, but do YOU know what resiliency really is? Are you resilient? Because I thought I was too. I thought because I was a police officer I could handle anything life threw at me and I did. Until, I couldn't anymore. As humans, we aren't designed to see the trauma that we see on a daily basis. Think of a suitcase that you are packing. Sooner our later you won't be able to close that suitcase and items will start falling out. That is what happened to me, and sooner or later it can happen to you. The items I couldn't pack away started to manifest into bad habits and addictions. 

Do an internal search warrant on yourself. Are you really as good as you say you are? A big part of resiliency is getting up and moving forward after a knockdown. However, many of us don't. We linger there. We let that one incident define us. 

Remember you are more resilient than you know. There is nothing life can throw at you that you can't handle and work through with the right team such as The Shatterproof Program.

Please take care of yourself and for once put yourself first.

Go out and conquer your day, and your life. 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the show. We know you have many options but you keep coming back and we do appreciate it! If you love the show please share with your family and friends and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts. 

A big shout out and thank you, yes YOU, to all the brave men and women who work in the criminal justice field. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. Keep up the great work and please be safe.

An estimated 40% of first responders suffer from depression, addiction or both. I think that number is probably higher. If you fall into that category, or you know someone who does, please reach out to FHE - Health Shatterproof Program for First Responders today. I attended this treatment and it saved my life. It can save yours too. Please reach out today at:

303-960-9819 - Patrick Fitzgibbons National Outreach Liaison for Shatterproof or 844-650-1399

So excited to have my next guest on the show, Betsy Brantner Smith. Betsy retired as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL PD. Beginning as a dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became an officer 4 years later & has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention & field training. She received her degree from Western Illinois University, & was a class officer and graduate of the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety's School of Staff and Command in May of 2001. As a sergeant she supervised her department's K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, Crowd Control Bike Team leader, & supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit. Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, & was a founding member of the Honor Guard. Betsy hosted various programs & was a content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network, an on-air commentator & advisor for the Police One Academy & was a featured character in the “Female Forces” reality TV show. She is now the spokesman for the National Police Association.

She has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years, was a content expert & instructor for the Calibre Press "Street Survival" seminar from 2003 through 2012 & is a popular keynote speaker at conferences & events throughout the United States, Canada & around the world. Since 1995, Betsy has authored hundreds of articles for law enforcement, government & civilian publications, and is a regular columnist for many online and print publications.

Betsy is the creator of "The Winning Mind for Women," the only law enforcement course of it's kind on the market today. Together, Betsy & her husband Dave develop and present cutting edge courses through The Winning Mind LLC. 

Oh - Her husband happens to be the one and only Buck Savage 

You can find Besty here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsybrantnersmith/ 

https://nationalpolice.org/smith-betsy/?gclid=CjwKCAjwve2TBhByEiwAaktM1KH9e6ziD6h8XddUvpalxzI9YtFguylTEgqoV01vEPt9R_k8p1kPiBoCuc4QAvD_BwE 

https://winningmindtraining.com/ 

 

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Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Microcast Monday. The mini series I started to provide you with motivation and inspiration to get you started for your week. A big thank you to all the brave men and women who work in the Criminal Justice Field. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. Please be safe and keep up the great work. 

If you or someone you know is suffering PLEASE reach out today. The Shatterproof Program is here for you, and you will be among other first responders in your treatment. Please reach out today at:

844-650-1399

Reach out to me directly at: 303-960-9819

Many times we feel that there isn't support for us. The Media and Social Media often portray Law Enforcement as evil, corrupt and needs to dismantled. Don't believe that crap. The vast majority of Americans support and love you. I had the honor of attending the New Mexico Law Enforcement Appreciate Banquet recently and I was humbled and grateful of all the support from the community given to our brave men and women who serve. 

There is more support than you realize. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. 

Go out and conquer your day.

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Hello and Welcome back to the Top Ranked Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast. Thank you for making this show very popular. If you would share with family and friends and give us a 5-Star Rating and Review we sure would appreciate it. 

A big shout out and thank you to YOU, the Criminal Justice Professional. In this difficult time you continue to serve with honor and that doesn't go unnoticed by the majority of Americans. No matter what you read, see or hear remember that vast majority of people support you. Please be safe and keep up the great work. 

If you or someone you know is suffering with depression, addiction issues or both, please reach out to FHE - Health. If you are suffering and you are a first responder please reach out to FHE - Health Shatterproof Program for First Responders at 844-650-1399 or reach out to me directly at 303-960-9819.

So excited to have Mark Pfetzer on the show. Mark is a full time Law Enforcement Professional in New Mexico with many dedicated and honorable years of service. Mark is one of those individuals that is making an impact with First Responder Health and Wellness. Mark is so dedicated to this cause that he and a team of first responders at rowing across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Atlantic Whiskey Challenge. All for raising awareness and action for First Responder Health and Wellness. 

Mark is also part of Guardian Initiatives who's mission and dedication is below: 

Each and every one of us are served by first responders in our communities.  These men and women voluntarily enter in to a profession that we all know to be dangerous.  Gunfire, ambushes, fires, search and rescue missions, and emergency driving are all dangers of the job that the general public hear about and can understand.

However, lurking in the shadows of these high profile dangers is a lesser known, but just as deadly risk.  The psychological traumas experienced by our nation’s police, fire, EMS, and 911 dispatchers can lead some down a destructive and all too often deadly path.  The consequence of seeing tragedy on a regular basis can contribute to depression, substance abuse, and other effects of post traumatic stress.  Tragically, for some, a false sense of hopelessness results in suicidal behavior.  The number of first responders who die by suicide is alarming and heart-breaking.  While data is available, it is believed to be incomplete as researchers predict the number to be far more than what is reported.* 

More powerful than the problem is the reality that the effects can be prevented and the damage treated.  Through awareness, training, and treatment by culturally competent clinicians, first responders affected can move on to live full and satisfying lives.  It is the hope of Team Guardian, through this initiative, to make as big of an impact in this as  possible. 

 

Such a great show!!

 

You can find Mark here:

https://www.facebook.com/guardianinitiatives/ 

 

https://guardianinitiatives.org/resources 

 

https://guardianinitiatives.org/2022-crew 

 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Top Ranked Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast Microcast Monday Series. Short clips of motivation and inspiration to get you started for your week. 

Thank you all for the continued support. Please take a moment and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts.

A big thank you to all the brave men and women who work in the Criminal Justice Field. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. Please be safe and keep up the great work. 

So many first responders are too afraid to step forward and keep the help they need in dark times. I have been there and I understand the fear, but you are worthy of living a life in peace and without suffering. Please take that step now and make that call to FHE -Health Shatterproof Program for First Responders. Call today - 866-768-9792 or contact me directly at 303-960-9819.

Maybe your boss pissed you off. Maybe your spouse or partner did something to get you irritated. Same with the kids. The list goes on. But, what does getting irritated and angry get you? Nothing. I know, I was in your shoes. The one thing I learned to do is to forgive. Once I learned how to forgive my world got better because I was no longer holding on to the anger and bitterness. I filled it will positive things and positive thoughts. Does it take practice? Absolutely, just like everything else but you can do it. I believe in you. 

Start forgiving today and go on to your healthier life. 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to The CJEvolution Podcast. Thank you all for the continued support for the show. Please take a moment and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts. We sure would appreciate it. 

A big thank you to all the brave men and, yes that means YOU, who serve in the criminal justice field. It's a very tough environment but you go out and serve everyday with honor. Keep up the great work, and remember to be safe. 

If you are someone you know is struggling. Please remember you are not alone. You are never alone. The dedicated team at FHE - Health, and the team from The Shatterproof Program for First Responders are here for you. All you have to do is take the first step towards your healing and recovery. Please reach out to FHE- Health at 855-622-1297 or contact me at 303-960-9819.

https://fherehab.com/services/first-responders/ 

 

Its always refreshing and inspiring to hear a senior law enforcement officer talk about the serious issues facing law enforcement and communities, but more importantly taking action behind in attempts to mitigating the problems. 

My next guest is Chief Tom Synan of Newtown Police Department in Ohio. Chief Synan is a TEDx Speaker and is part of the Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition. 

Chief Synan’s wide experience has allowed him to have a unique look into the opioid crisis. Chief Synan is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a 29 year police veteran with the Newtown Police Department. For the last 14 years as Police Chief and as is a SWAT Team Leader veteran.

In 2014, after the last of an entire family died from addiction, the last two from heroin and fentanyl, Chief Synan met with other members in Hamilton County and helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition (now Hamilton County Addiction Response Coalition) where he sits on the Steering Committee and Co-Chair of Interdiction. Chief Synan coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand.

A powerful episode. 

You can find Chief Synan here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-synan-14b1ba6b/ 

https://lawenforcementactionpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Tom-Synan2018.pdf

https://twitter.com/tomtsynan11

 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to The Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast - Microcast Monday Series. I hope you all are well and thank you for listening to the show. Please take a moment and rate and review this podcast and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts

A big thank you to all the brave men and women who work in the criminal justice field. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. The vast majority of people in this great country support you. Please be safe. 

If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction issues / mental health challenges or both please contact me today so we can get you the help you need. I am a National Outreach Liaison for FHE - Health Shatterproof Program for First Responders. The premier treatment facility for the brave men and women who serve and protect us. Please reach out to me today at 303-960-9819 or FHE 866-768 9792. 

 

What is your morning routine? Do you even have one? If you don't I would encourage you to begin one. Your morning routine can set your day. I start out the day in gratitude because no matter what my challenges are I always have someone and things to be grateful for. It is good to take time for yourself in the morning. Most of us don't. We get up and head into our day. Taking a moment and relaxing, breathing and centering yourself can do wonders for your day ahead. 

Start your morning routine today and watch your days get better.

 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast. Thank you all for the continued support. Please take a moment and give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts. We sure would appreciate it. 

A big Thank you to YOU, the criminal justice professional. You are out there everyday serving, protecting and putting everything on the line. Thank you again for what you do, and remember you are honored cherished and loved. Keep up the great work and come home safe.

If you are suffering you are not alone. You are never alone. The Shatterproof Program employs evidence-based therapies, innovative medical care, and a comprehensive wellness program, which focuses on symptoms of PTSD, in order to guide our First Responders on the right path to achieving life-long recovery from drugs and alcohol. Shatterproof is designed to help First Responders overcome specific obstacles, and to increase their ability to manage emotions during stressful situations without turning to self-medication. Our medical team works to customize a care plan tailored to the underlying issues that contribute to substance use disorders. 

I went through this amazing program and I am better for it. Let the Shatterproof Team help you on your road to recovery. Please reach out to me at 303-960-9819 or you can call the Shatterproof Team at 866-768-9792. Tell them that Patrick from Criminal Justice Evolution sent you. 

 

https://fherehab.com/services/first-responders/

 

Such an honor to have my next guest on the show. He is a Retired Police Officer, the main subject from the Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary, Ernie & Joe - Crisis Cops, a National Speaker and a Published Author. He is Ernest (Ernie) Stevens.

 

You do not want to miss the episode

 

In Ernie's words:

 

In the last 28 years of law enforcement, I have had the privilege of serving in various roles throughout my career to include DWI task force, Tactical Response Unit (TRU), Street Crimes Assistance Team (SCAT), Field Training Officer. With this experience, it lead me to the development/ founding officer of the San Antonio Police Department Mental Health Unit in 2008.


I am the primary subject in the two time Emmy nominated award winning HBO documentary, Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. Emmy winner for best editing. I’ve had the privilege of being featured on ABC’s Nightline with Byron Pitts and NBC documentary, A Different Kind of Force. I co-authored Amazon's Best Seller, Mental Health and De-escalation, A Training Guide for Police Professionals. Additionally, I'm a contributing author to the Amazon best-selling Mental Health category book, Police Mental Barricade.

With my expertise, I am excited to announce my new position with STRAC as their Crisis Response and Resiliency Manager.

For inquiries, please e-mail: sapdernest@gmail.com

Follow me: Twitter: https://twitter.com/estevens0845?lang=en 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernest-stevens-b4234a1b6/ 

Find out more about Ernie here: 

https://ernieandjoethefilm.com/ 

 

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Hello everyone and welcome back to Microcast Monday on The Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast. A little inspiration and motivation to get you started on your week. Thank you for the support of the show and please give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts we sure would appreciate it. 

A big thank you to all, yes YOU, criminal justice professionals who serve and protect our communities everyday. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. Keep up the great work and above all come home safe to your families and friends. 

This show is sponsored by FHE Health. At FHE - Health we strongly believe that every person has the capacity for recovery and deserves the opportunity for a life of hope and freedom. We are honored to be chosen to assist you and your family as you begin that journey, and we are committed to providing you with the innovative and compassionate care every step of the way - Sherief Moustafa - CEO and Founder.

If you or someone you know is suffering please reach out to FHE - Health today at 855-622-1297 (Tell them that Patrick Fitzgibbons sent you) or reach out to me directly at 303-960-9819.

It is time for you to drop your wall. Drop the attitude and your ego. The minute you let people into your life it will radically change for the better. I know this firsthand. When I started to become vulnerable and speak about my feelings I started to feel and become better. Now you want to make sure the people you let into your life and share your feelings with are trusted people (This is very important).

Make that your mission for today. Become a little vulnerable and start letting your emotional guard down. 

Please be safe and stay tuned for more great guests on The CJ Evolution Podcast.

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Patrick

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Hello everyone and welcome back to the show. The CJEvolution Podcast is a top ranked show because of YOU. Thank you very much for your continued support. Please give us that 5-Star Rating and Review on Apple Podcasts and share this episode and the link www.cjevolution.com to your family and friends. 

A big shout out and THANK YOU to all the brave men and women who serve in the First Responder Community. Please be safe and come home safe to your family and friends. Remember you are honored, cherished and loved. 

As a first responder you and feel things on a daily basis that most people will never experience in their lifetime. This requires special treatment and care for our first responder community. This is what the team at FHE - Shatterproof for First Responders do on a daily basis. Their goal is to make our first responders better so they can continue to be their best for their families and communities. If YOU or someone you know is suffering please reach out to FHE Health -Shatterproof for First Responders @ 844-939-0985 or me @ 303-960-9819. 

You are not alone. You are never alone. 

As a retired law enforcement professional of many years I saw things on a daily basis that eventually started to bother me. Most first responders do and your emotions will come out sooner or later. As a police officer I was in my bubble. Surrounded by other cops all the time. But, as time went on and as I became friends with other members of the first responder community: paramedics, firefighters and dispatchers I started to realize and learn that we are all suffering from the same things, if we are suffering. Isolation, depression, addiction issues and suicidal ideation were reoccurring themes. 

My next guest is going to bring you the Fire Fighter / Paramedic perspective on health and wellness for our brave heroes in the fire fighting / paramedic communities. 

Jason Smith is on the show. Jason is the President of IAFF Local 4321 for Broward County FL.

President Smith joined Broward County Fire Rescue in 2003 and has served county residents and visitors in every service area. He began his career as a  Firefighter/Paramedic and then rose through the ranks as an Acting Driver, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and even Assistant District Fire ChiefSince the beginning of his career, President Smith has been diversified in all areas of the county, including Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, and the Special Operations Command. President Smith has also been the Planning Section Chief at the Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Center as well as being part of Presidential details.

 

President Smith started his union involvement in 2001, when he joined the IAFF local 3080. As a dues paying member in good standings, he attended meetings and was a part of the union body process. In 2003, he joined local 3333 and in 2005 was assigned his first position as Sergeant of Arms. This position allowed him to mentor, engage, and watch the union executive board (eboard) conduct business. After the resignation of a staff representative, President Smith was voted through the eboard to hold that vacant seat. Since then, he has held all positions within the eboard. In 2019, President Smith decided to run for President and ran unopposed. 

As Vice President, he was able to represent members in various cases including internal affairs, grievances, union negotiations, and labor management. President Smith oversaw the FIRE OPS 101. This opportunity allowed him to demonstrate to elected officials what the fire service is about. In his continuing devotion to serving the community, President Smith has also been on education advisory boards and is currently on the Florida Retirement System (FRS) committee as a union representative in hopes of achieving reinstatement of benefits to members affected in 2015. 

President Smith is also a licensed pilot. He has graduated with an Associate degrees in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from Walden University

 

You can find Jason here:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-smith-ms-01a93946/

 

http://www.bcfire.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/officers.cfm 

 

Email:  JSmith@bcfire.com

 

Stay tuned for more great episodes on The CJEvolution Podcast

 

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