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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Apr 29, 2015

One of the most talked about events to come out of the Baltimore riots so far has been the mom who saw her son on TV and went down to where he was and smacked him around a little then got him out of the area.

After she was identified and had her opportunity to tell her side of the stroy she was quoted as saying, "That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray,".

When the video was shared around the world, a common caption or opinion was she should be seen as the "Mom of the Year."

Really? Mom of the year?

I think we all got a little notalgic over seeing her smack her kid a little bit but to call her the mom of the year is an incredible insult to every mom out there who wasn't worried about her son being on the from t lines of a riot hurling rocks at police becuase their children didn't put themselves in harms way.

Here's the video from CNN "Baltimore Mom".



Apr 22, 2015

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

The Arlington, Texas Police Department has developed a reputation for brining high quality, relevant content to the 4th largest urban setting in America and a big part of the great work being done in the social space is the dynamic duo of Lieutenant Cook and Officer McDonnell.

Zhivonni McDonnell is a subject matter expert in the field of social media for law enforcement and media relations for public safety. As a sworn police officer for the Arlington Police Department, she oversees the department’s social media platforms and citizen engagement efforts. Officer McDonnell has pioneered the way for APD to be considered one of the most successful agencies in the world when it comes to connecting with citizens through social media. While serving as the social media coordinator, the department has been awarded the Most Innovative Use of Social Media for three consecutive years (2012, 2013, & 2014) by the Texas Center for Digital Government. 

Lt. Christopher Cook is an award-winning speaker and recognized leader in media relations and social media management. Lt. Cook has an M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Texas. He is a 2012 graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas Leadership Command College. 

One of my favorite things about APD is their use of video.

Chris and ZhiZhi have committed themselves and the APD to being connected with their community and delivering the best posible program they can. They have always been available to help other agencies develop their programs and become better. Presenting at many conferences and training sessions, the dynamic duo prides themselves n improving others which is a big part of why the Arlington Police will be hosting the IACP Mid-Year Confernece...

After the mid-year IACP confernece they will be presenting at the National Information Officers Association Confernece

To follow the Arlington Police Department:


Apr 21, 2015

Today's Point To Ponder is brought to you by LexisNexis...visit


Yesterday the Philadelphia Police Department released a new recruiting video that was like nothing we have ever seen in the way of a recruiting video before.

Outside of the box is one way to describe it...memorable is another. Unique? No question. Some purists will be up in arms while those that live in the new digital communication age will see it in an entirely different light. To be honest, neither view will be wrong on the surface...some depth will be required. 

You be the judge...

May 4th (AKA May The Fourth Be WIth You) is coming up...challenge issued.

Did you stick around to hear the out-takes of me trying to start today's Point To Ponder?

Apr 10, 2015

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Ever wonder what some of the legal concerns you should be considering with the use of live streaming platforms such as  Periscope and Meerkat are? Kerry O'Shea Gorgone sure has, and she shares her knowledge with us about those and a while lot more!

A former college professor, Kerry develops training programs forMarketingProfs, and has addressed audiences at industry conferences including the B2B Marketing Forum, the Social Brand ForumVocus Demand Success, and the B2B Marketing Forum, as well as private corporate events.

Kerry frequently speaks on topics relating to marketing and social media law, including intellectual property, disclosure requirements for brands and bloggers, and contest regulations. She offers practical, entertaining tips for avoiding the legal pitfalls that impact marketing and communication professionals.

Previously, she taught New Media Marketing for the Internet Marketing Master of Science Program at Full Sail University in Florida, and taught undergraduate courses in marketing law and business law at Bentley University.


Kerry hosts the weekly Marketing Smarts podcast for MarketingProfs, named one of the top business podcasts on the internet byFastCompany. The show features 30-minute in-depth interviews with smart marketers from all walks of life. Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for Inc., listed Kerry as one of 8 Great Role Models for Wowing a Crowd (along with Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and Marsha Collier).

She is a contributing writer for numerous sites, including MarketingProfsHuffington Postthe {grow} blogSocial Media ExplorerEntrepreneurSpinSucks, and

When she was a university professor, Kerry consistently made Social Media Marketing Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter, and was also included on the list of the Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter.

Kerry is also a movie buff, a Joss Whedon fan, and a chocolate enthusiast.

You can follow Kerry here:

Learn more about Kerry's favorite people by checking them out as well!

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Apr 7, 2015

One of the questions I am asked most often is, "How do we get the bosses to buy into social media."

In this point to ponder, I tell you the best ways to get the support from the top of the food chain of your organization.

This Point To Ponder is brought to you by:

Apr 6, 2015

The ultimate goal is naturally to gain many followers, subscribers, fans, friends, likes and everything else in terms of vanity metrics but the real key is to be an influencer.

Today on the Point To Ponder I talk about strategies to increase both and give you 5 great tips (and maybe a bonus 6th tip) to be an influncer.


Apr 5, 2015

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

Today we catch up with Lieutenant Andy Green of the Lima, Ohio Police Department.

Andy has extensive experience in the world of law enforcement social media having brought Lima PD into the social media sphere along with teaching other law enforcement agencies the ins and outs of the tools.

He can truly be considered one of the early adopters of social media in getting into the use of Facebook in it's early days and then while on a deployment in Afghanistan, he realized the power of the tools for communicating on behalf of law enforcement.

When he returned to US, he set his sights on making a voice for the Lima PD to connect with their community.

You can follow Andy and the Lima PD:


Apr 2, 2015

Today's podcast is brought to you by:

John A. Bertetto is a sworn member of the Chicago Police Department. His current areas of study and work include criminal street gangs, social network analysis, and asymmetric threat mitigation. He is the author of Counter-Gang Strategy: Adapted COIN in Policing Criminal Street Gangs, Countering Criminal Street Gangs: Lessons from the Counterinsurgent Battlespace, Designing Law Enforcement: Adaptive Strategies for the Complex Environment, and Toward a Police Ethos: Defining Our Values as a Call to Action. Officer Bertetto’s most recent research article “Reducing Gang Violence through Network Influence Based Targeting of Social Programs” has been accepted to the Industry & Government Track of the 2014 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (KDD) annual conference, a conference with a 20% acceptance rate.

Officer Bertetto has worked street patrol, organized crime, and research and development assignments. His applied research projects have led to collaborative partnerships with students and faculty at USMA West Point, George Mason University, and the University of Maryland. He is one of the primary designers and the law enforcement SME behind the GANG social network analysis software, which has been featured in Popular Science, Governing, and on MIT’s technology blog, as well as profiled on ABC and BBC news.

Officer Bertetto holds a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Xavier University.

John is one of those coppers that doesn't just see policing as a job with set hours or responsibilities, but he likes to go the extra mile to see a better community and a smarter police agency through educating officers.

This is highly evident by not only his writing, which can be found at, but also with a very heart touching story that he shares with our listeners about the death of a yong man and the lasting impact his mother made on John when he met her.

That meeting gave way to the #DriveForDemario. A push to get a school transport vehicle to help ensure that kids aren't killed trying to get to or from extra-curricular activities at their schools, as is what happened to Demario.

You can find John online:



Apr 1, 2015

In an ongoing battle to elicit attention for our social, digital and real lives in this attention deficit society we find ourselves being surrounded by more and more apps and platforms that allow us to deliver live streaming content trhough many mediums, but most notably now using Periscope and Meerkat.

Today on the podcast I discuss tips, strategies and cautions about choosing to use these platforms.

I also introduce a new sponsor to our audience which is an excellent partner for the podcast...


Very excited to be partnered with LexisNexis...Welcome to the show. To learn more about LexisNexis, please visit...

In this episode, I mention Mark Economou of the BocaRaton Police Department and Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View Police Department along with Owen Williams of The Next Web and an article he wrote referencing Periscope.