The Police Podcast

The Police Podcast brings together police officers, the agencies they represent and the communities they serve. We discuss current events, social media, best practices when dealing with the police and the lives our officers live. When we aren't talking with officers, we talk to business leaders in industries that can have positive impacts on helping agencies and officers do better jobs. Experts from communications, finance, equipment and training bring their real world knowledge to help inform and educate our nation's protectors.
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Mar 31, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by...

Stewart Reynolds is best known online as the one and only Brittlestar! He gained notoriety through his cutting edge development of his presence on Vine, but there is way more to Brittlestar than just Vine as we find out in this episode. 

Brittlestar is Stewart JW Reynolds. 

Based in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, he has established a worldwide following thanks to his books, music and videos.

“I used to want to be a coroner because I loved the TV show, Quincy M.E..  I quickly realized that being a coroner did not guarantee you your own TV show, so I changed direction.”

He’s happily married to a beautiful woman well out of his league and has two talented sons that have both enjoyed more chart success than he has (he’s more proud than bitter about that).

You may know Brittlestar from Vine. Millions of people have enjoyed his vines on the app and other social media and best of the web sites. His Vines have received over 145 million loops!

Brittlestar is also an author of the Shortcuts Book Series and he is also a musician having written, recorded and produced songs that have been heard on American Top 40, MTV’s Real World, Kim Kardashian’s The Spin Crowd and radio stations around the world.

Brittlestar share’s some of his success on know how on his creative secrets behind making videos that get plays from around the world and how you can use them to your advantage as well!

You can find Brittlestar:




SNAPCHAT: brittlechat


Although we never discussed it, Stewart is available to assist you and your online presence with creating Vine’s for your agency or speaking at your conferences.

Reach out to him via his website.

From Stewarts Site:

Top 5 Tips for Vine Success

  1. Keep it simple
    Initially, 6 seconds seems like a very short amount of time but once you start working in Vine you realize that there is a tremendous amount you can fit in that time frame.  At that point you need to back away from iphone and remember what your core message/concept was to begin with and stick with that.
  2. Relatable rules/Show people themselves
    Some of the most successful Vines are the ones who show the viewer a version of themselves or a familiar experience.  Those Vines get shared a lot. It doesn’t have to be realistically portrayed but it should show the viewer something that makes them say “I know this feeling!”
  3. Know your audience
    If you have an idea for a Vine, ask yourself who you think would appreciate it… and make sure it would make sense to them. Though the majority of Vine’s audience is young adults (teens to early twenties), there is a huge number of other demographics on the app that are desperate for content that speaks to them. That said, the younger the target audience, the more visible the engagement (Likes/Revines).
  4. Let the camera tell at least part of the story
    If there is a prop, person or action that is integral to your Vine’s concept, use the camera to make sure it is seen.  Don’t be afraid to move the camera from establishing shot to close-up and back again if it will help you tell your story.
  5. Have fun!
    No one wants to watch someone forcing themselves to ‘do it for the vine’.  Have fun making Vines!  Be creative.  Test what works and what doesn’t with your audience.  Vine is an amazing creative outlet that can be used by individuals and businesses alike to spread happiness worldwide.





Mar 24, 2015

This episode of The Police Podcast is brought to you by:

The St.Louis County Police Department became famous for being the police agency responsible for the investigation and communications for the Michael Brown shooting investigation. 

Although St.Louis County PD had nothing to do with the event, as the largest agency in the immediate area, they provide their professional investigative and communications services for agencies whose own resources don't allow for the required response.

The SLCPD communications team was comprised of one man, Sergeant Brian Schellman  who was responsible for trying to meet the demands of the insatiable appetites of not only the main stream media, but the social media channels as well.

In the aftermath of the #Ferguson events, the St.Louis County Police Department hired Vera Culley in November to join the communications team and focus on the benefits and demands of a robust social media program for the department to compliment the media relations role and the front line officers. 

Vera came from the mainstream media in St.Louis and also grew up in East St.Louis and has lived in the area her entire life. Vera brings with her the experience personally and professionally to add a great level of depth and perspective in the online voice for SLCPD.

It was my pleasure to have Vera as my first live guest interview on The Police Podcast as I travelled to the St.Louis County and Municipal Police Training Academy to talk social and digital media with several departments there.

Vera has an incredible passion and spirit. She truly wants to bring the message of a great profession to the communities of St.Louis County and build relationships with those communities to help establish an environment of trust and understanding. 

You can follow along with the St.Louis County Police and Vera online here:




Mar 18, 2015

Episode 19 is brought to you by...

Today I talk about two items that have been in the news recently that can lead to a better Twitter experience for everyone. 

Item 1: Twitter Harassment

Twitter announced recently on it's blog that it making a much needed addition to the process of reporting harassment. Twitter will now offer a document containing the information of reported tweets of threats and harassment directly to the reportee that can be given to police for investigative purposes.

For anyone that has ever gone through the process of trying to report this type of situation, there is an onus on you to document the information which can be onerous to say the least.

Now, with the click of an option, Twitter will email you your report that can be given to police!

To start the process, all you have to do is report the offending tweet (screen shot) of the reporting function:

You can read more about it on the Twitter Blog by clicking this link or copying it into your browser.


Item 2: Kids Read Mean Tweets

The team at The Canadian Safe Schools Network have taken a very popular comedy piece by Jimmy Kimmel and added a serious twist. Instead of celebrities reading mean tweets from their audience, kids are reading mean tweets from their haters.

The concept follows right along the Kimmel model and then the laugh track quiets and you get a punch in the gut when it dawns on you that this in no laughing matter and this is what many kids actually endure on a daily basis.

First I talk about it, then I call out parents to take some responsibility for the darling little abusers. Oh, you're a parent and you don't know your teenager is a bully? There's no excuse for that other than you are a disconnected parent that doesn't want to know what's going on in their kids lives. (Yeah that's harsh, but "I didn't know" in a situation like this is not an excuse that holds any wieght with me.)

Here's a link to the video:

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Mar 17, 2015

On today's episode I get to speak to Julie Wong and Bernice Chan of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto. 

When I was working the streets one of those calls that always caused you to go the extra mile and dig a little deeper was a call for someone with Alzheimers that had gone wandering/missing. 

One of the most beneficial things to do is learn more about the disease of Alzheimers and dimentia related brain illnesses and challenges. 

That's why I'm so excited about this episode...information from the experts about things you can do, things to look for and tips to help you in search and strategies for prevention.

This episode is not just for law enforcement but also the families that meet the challenge of this horrible disease and our communities at large. 

Julie and Bernice have provided some great resources here for you and I encourage you to educate yourself.

It doesn't matter where you're from, information is infromation and it will be applicable no matter where your jurisdiction is.


I have to give a shout out to my girl Romina Oliverio (@RominaOliverio on Twitter) who asked if this would make for a good topic for the podcast. Oh yeah it is!! This is great information. Thanks Romina.


You can reach out for more information to Julie, Bernice or Romina.

Twitter: @ALZToronto



Mar 15, 2015

Taking video and pictures of police doing their jobs can get you into hot water and for police telling the public and the media that they can't take video or picutres of you can get you into hotter water.

So where is the happy medium?

For the public, Texas may just be onto something announcing legislation that would make it illegal to take video or pictures of police if you are within 25 feet of them (100 feet if you are armed). 

Ther eare some exceptions to this, FCC licensed professionals, etc, and while this may seem like a heavy restriction, it is actually a pretty good idea for everyon'es safety.

It may even make you a more preofessional citizen journalist because you may just be getting a better image.

Listen on...

Mar 13, 2015

I get that people want and that a real change needs to happen in the City of Ferguson, Missouri, but shooting two police officers will do nothing to allow change to happen. In may make matters worse.

There are many people who look at what has happened in Ferguson since Michael Brown was shot and believe that much of the violence, desruction and rioting was nothing more than an excuse to act in a lawless manner and take advantage of an opportunity.

Then the 2 Department of Justice reports came out and many people thought, "Hold on...there was a corrupt judiciary, a corrupt town and a corrupt police command." Moderate conservatives started to recognize that real change was needed and a community truly did need healing.

The 2 officers are shot without much for getting support. I know people that have said, "The community deserves what they get."

I won't use some of the other words that were used, but to say empathy has been lost would be an understatement!

Now we wait for an investigation to end and arrests to be made...and we wait.

Hopefully the investigators have access to Geofeedia to grab as much infomation that is available as possible.


Mar 11, 2015

Hitting a Milestone

A crazy thing just happened. On January 21st I uploaded the very first episode of The Police Podcast:
Episode 1: MotorCop joins The Police Podcast.

It wasn't the first time that I had ever tried my hand at podcasting. "Traffic Talk With The Traffic Cop" happened for 6 episodes back in 2009. It was fun, but I just wasn't ready for dedicating the time required to a podcast so I let it go. 

Since that first episode we've recorded 16 full Episodes and 27 Point To Ponder 'timbits'. There has been steady growth and the downloads have continued to increase. 

On the third day listed on iTunes, The Police Podcast became the top podcast in the Government and Organization category and climbed to number 42 overall on the iTunes library.

The only reason for that success was because of two things...the guests and the subscribers. For that, I say to you all, "Thank-you" from the bottom of my heart. 

So what's the milestone? 

Today The Police Podcast hit 10,000 downloads! 

It's been guests like Randy Arsenault, Zach Perron, Dionne Waugh, Chris Hsiung, Chris Hurst and so many others from policing that have made this happen. 

People like Chris Brogan, Scott Stratten, Scott Monty and Melissa Agnes that have rocked the show bringing their expertise with them from the world of communications, leadership and digital media have educated our audience.

I'm always looking for great people and stories to share with our audience. 

If your agency has a program you'd like highlighted, a 'win' you want to talk about or you want to share what you are doing to build relationships and trust with your community, let me know and we can arrange letting our audience know about it. 

To be a guest on The Police Podcast just click this link or copy and paste it into your browser.

Mar 10, 2015

There is no shortage of controversy over many of the most popular apps with kids today.

It doesn't matter if we're talking about YikYak, Kik, AfterSchool, Whisper or BurnBook, kids love using anonymous apps to spill their guts all over the place. Some of what they talk about is good. Some is harmless. Some is just downright disgusting and has no place in our society.

The truth is they are kids...they have no idea what they are doing or the ramifications that can happen and so many parents are mre than happy to put their head in the sand and hope for the best.

Parents have to talk to their kids about what is happening out there. The real world consequences and the things that can have an impact on their children's futures.


Mar 9, 2015

Today's episode is brough to you by our friends at Geofeedia...

Geofeedia Be There social media geo based monitoring

Jonathan Cole Lucas is the young man that had an idea for an app and has seen that idea turn into reality launching the geo-based platform Burn Book.

Burn Book is based on anonymity and is gaining popularity with late teens and early 20 somethings. With the new popularity, also comes problems that only get amplified becasue of the anonymous appeal to a younger crowd.

Jonathan has a different idea for anonymity, "It can be something beautiful." and he isn't wrong. He sees a different kind of anonymous app and is trying to keep Burn Book fun without the problems associated to many of the other anonymous based platforms.

He even shut the app down for a time being to work out some of the issues that he didn't like developing in the system. You get the idea Jonathan is interested in providing a safe environment while at the same time protecting the 1st as much as he can to balance both.

As I've said about many can't always blame the platform, sometimes you blame the people becuase some people don't know how to act:


Jonathan on Twitter:
Burnbook on Twitter:



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Mar 6, 2015

Today's awesome podcast is brought to you by...

Dionne Waugh cut her law enforcement social media chops in Richmond Virginia where she established a great program. Dionne was instrumental in organizing the Virginia Area Law Enforcement Social Media Working Group to help other agencies improve their voice and create a best practices treasure trove.

Opportunity knocked and Dionne opened the door in a new state hanging a winter parka in the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office where she is helping to build another very sucessful social media program.

Recently, to celebrate #ReadAcrossAmerica, members of the JeffCoSO grabbed some of their favorite books and let their community know, reading is cool.


Dionne has a passion for story telling and building a great realtionship using a combination of great social media backing up real in person interactions.

Follow along with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office and Dionne:

Dionne Twitter:

Mar 5, 2015
Casie (pronounced KC) Shaminski and I met last year at an event in Florida and have stayed in touch online since. We've been to the same places at the same time but haven't run into each other usually realizing after, "Hey, you were there?"
Casie comes from a family of police and has first responder blood also having ties to the fire department as well. Like anyone with that kind of blood line, you know giving and caring are two traits that come naturally to her.
Her Dad was a Port Authority PD for NY/NJ for 21 years.  He worked the '93 WTC Bombing & lost many friends in 9/11 as well.  He has been a "founding" member of Team Live Out Loud (dedicated to KC's sister, Kellie's Memory).This is his THIRD year shaving his head BALD for the cause. 
Casie's dad is inlvoved with raising money to fight cancer through research and treatment with the St.Bladricks Foundation. You raise funds for cancer and your pay back is to shave your head. 
The St Baldricks Foundation doesn't just look to help any is targetting child cancer. Kids that get cancer aren't contracting lifestyle cancer...they are just getting a raw deal on life and could use research dollars and money to help fund treatments specific to their unique needs. 
Every day 43 children will be diagnosed with cancer and 1 in 5 will not win the battle.

Please consider donating to Casie's dad... His St Baldricks Page is:
This is a great video on Children's Cancer and the hardcore mission of St Baldrick's
If anyone has any questions they can Tweet Casie at @TheNameIsCasie.
Mar 4, 2015

Today I offer some simple and effective tips to help pop your Facebook presence. Proven tips that work and don't require you to stand on your head and jump up and down singing a happy tune to impress the Facebook alorithm gods.

Oh, and I also explain in plain english EXACTLY how the Facebook algorithm works so know you can master the newsfeed!

Mar 3, 2015

Today's episode is brought to you by...Geofeedia

Chris Brogan is one of the most recognized people in the world of marketing, entrepreneurs and digital media. 

I had the fortune of meeting Chris several years ago and I have been a fan from the first time we ever spoke. He has an incredible down-to-earth manner about him and a genius mind that makes him easy to listen to and admire.

One of the first books I read when I got into this crazy world of social media and communications was Trust Agents that Chris co-wrote with Kulien Smith. It is still one of the best selling books available fiver years after it was written because of it's great information for the world of influencing on the web in the new communication medium.

His most recent book, Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth shows how conforming isn't needed anymore to be successful and how you can go from being a misfit to being a misfit who makes aliving being a misfit.

Chris is the world’s leading authority on owning the game you most want to win. Combining a mix of professional leadership development and business strategy, Chris works withprofessionals like you to own your choices, own your life, and own your future. He is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speakerand the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting, including The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, and Just Start Here.

Chris has spoken for or consulted with the biggest brands you know, including Disney, Coke, Google, GM, Microsoft, Coldwell Banker, Titleist, Scotts, Humana Health, Cisco, Sony USA, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for Success magazine, and once even presented to a Princess. People like Paulo Coelho, Harvey Mackay, and Steven Pressfield enjoy sharing their projects and best ideas with Chris, because they know he’ll share them with you. Tony Robbins had Chris on his Internet Money Masters series. Forbes listed Chris as one of the Must Follow Marketing Minds of 2014, plus listed his website as one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you how to own the game you most want to win. Through events andcourses and other tools, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of ownership, no matter where you are in the process right now. Chris also offers limited personal coaching, and offers limited consulting to businesses.

You can follow Chris here:

Mar 2, 2015

Today's Point To Ponder is all about Twitter and 20 tips that can make your Twitter presence better.

Are these the definitive, end all and be all for the platform? Absolutely not. These are just 20 that I think can make an immediate impact on your presence.

Start at the beginning.

1.) Use a head shot that shows your smile. People relate better to a face than a pattern.

2.) Fill in all the available information on your profile. About, website, location and bio.

3.) Use up all the 160 characters available for your bio including a url, a hashtag, a professional point, a personal point.

4.) Make your own custom header. is my choice for this.

What You Should Tweet

5.) Tweet information that has great value for your audience, not for you.

6.) Craft your tweets to include your message, a link to support it, a hashtag to track it a picture to frame it and your thought.

7.) Do it all in 100 characters.

8.) ReTweet information you find valuable. If you can, include why you thing its important for your audience or your opinion.

9.) Quotes are great. No, not yours…other people’s. Quotes from your industry leaders, inspirations on leadership, courage, greatness…just make sure you give credit.

10.) Take a walk on the wild side…share personal interest content outside of your immediate industry. Have fun…your audience may find it interesting to know you better than just your business side.

11.) Go easy on foodie tweets.

Go for the GOLD (Engagement)

12.) Twitter is a medium that promotes conversation. Talk with (not to, but with) your audience.

13.) Don’t be lazy with the favorite button. People use fav to mirror the like button on Facebook. Fav is good, RT is great, Reply is awesome! Take the time…remember engage!

14.) Don’t be a RT whore. If you RT every time you get a positive mention you are screaming “Look at me, I’m amazing.” Do it, but do it sparingly….save it for great content (someone promotes something you are doing, not describing what they think of you).

If someone describes you as amazing, now pull out the Fav click or even better…reply with a simple thank you.

Measurement is needed

15.) Measure your success based on goals you define.

Numbers of followers are a measurement that may impress the (m)asses, but engagement and quality of conversations means more to the influencer mind set.


16.) Don’t auto DM at all.

17.) Type like a professional adult if you are a professional adult.

18.) Be positive. Leave the negative to the asshats. Even negative situations can be reframed into the positive.

19.) Use Twitter analytics to help craft your optimal times and days to engage and share.

20.) Make Twitter a better place because you’re there.



Mar 1, 2015


Chris Hsiung is a Captain with the Mountain View Police Department in California and was instrumental in bringing social media to the northern California department.

Captain Hsiung was the Public Information Officer in 2012 when the Mountain View PD adopted social media as a way to connect with and build better relationships online with their community that would benefit their in person interactions as well.

Mountain View is in the heart of Silicon Valley so there are no shortage of experts in the use of digital communications that can watch what the department is doing and their expectations can be high. Mountain View PD has a great relationship with their citizens and their corporate partners due in part to embracing an open, transparent relationship that is focused on service. 

Chris is now the Captain in charge of the Patrol side of the MPD house. As he says, "If it's a uniform function, it falls under my team's command."

Captain Hsiung regularly assists other law enforcement agencies in the use of digital and social media to ensure the best possible outcomes for the greater law enforcement family with the public they serve.

You can find Chris and the Mountainview PD:


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