"Connecting great people with great people to do great things."
I could leave the show notes right there to tell you everything you need to know about Brian Fanzo.
Brian has a deep, deep history with online activities, which began with cyber security in the Department of Defence. Brian has been on stages talking about the online world for many years but what he is currently in demand for is his thought leadership with building communities and audiences.
Brian is a social and digital strategist who works with many companies introducing them to the space and or making them better in it.
His motto is, "Think Like A Fan" which has led to a movement in personal branding and story telling based on delivering content to your audience that appeals to them because it speaks to them and it is what they want.
"Give people access to people, places or experiences that they can't get anywhere else", you build an awesome audience that gets to live through your world virtually.
I love relating what brands do in the social space to what police can do to mirror their success and Brian breaks it right down to show how to that.
One of Brian's big points in this episode is being relatable with your audience and that is one of the great benefits of livestream. Authenticity is so vital.
Showing how awesome he is, Brian also "recorded" this episode. He actually live streamed it on his Periscope Channel while we were recording. Here's a bit of technology for you...
Brian was in Virginia.
I was in Nevada.
I was recording via Skype.
Brian was broadcasting via Periscope.
His recording was published 13 days before mine. Hmmmm
You can watch the scope here:
I hope you take the time to go and learn more about Brian and follow him in the social space.
Chris Lewis was the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police before retiring in 2014 to start his consulting firm, Lighthouse Leadership Services.
Commissioner Lewis is also a special correspondent to Bell Media covering issues relating to policing.
He was very candid in this interview discussing his feeling on Street Checks (Carding) and that when he was the boss, he had no problem telling his boss the Premiere Of Ontario (respectfully) exactly what he thought.
Lewis’ leadership experience is wide and varied, including tenures as Deputy Commissioner of OPP Field Operations; Commander of the Investigations Bureau; the Information Technologies Bureau; and the Emergency Management Bureau; as well as the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario at the then Ontario Ministry of Solicitor General. He was Regional Commander of the OPP’s East Region; served as Director of the Criminal Investigation Branch; and worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to establish and lead the Cornwall Regional Task Force.
You can find him here:
He's best known online as Mike_TheCop on all things social, but he also has a second persona as one of the contributors to, "Humanizing The Badge."
Mike is a Metro Detroit area police officer who infuses his wicked sense of humor within the day to day happenings of a police officer.
His antics on Vine, Instagram and Facebook are the stuff that legends are made of which has brought a global audience to the things he does in policing and offers a comedic, behind the scenes look at police life.
But, he has a serious side and that can be found at Humanizing The Badge, which is a website and blog dedicated that is described on their website as, "...a group of creatives seeking to participate in the growing voice of support for law enforcement officers around the world."
You can find Mike:
Thanks Mike for taking part in the podcast.
From The Oakland Police Department via Nixle
The Oakland Police Department would like to apologize for the recent press release addressing traffic safety enforcement during the Cinco de Mayo holiday. We acknowledge that the language in the message sent was completely insensitive to the cultural holiday. We have worked extensively to build trust with all our communities and value the amazing cultures that make up the heart of our City. We are taking appropriate steps to insure that this does not happen again. Our intentions were to raise awareness about drunk driving and notify the community of traffic safety during the important holiday. As for every holiday and celebration, we want to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly and safely.
"We acknowledge that the language in the message sent was completely insensitive to the cultural holiday."...HUH??? What in the world did the OPD say?????
“Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas,..."
Well that's true.
I don't understand why police leaders feel the need to apologize because someone gets offended over something that is not offensive.
The statement, the press release, the stats.....everything was informational, not confrontational and didn't single out a class, culture or group.
A group on Facebook were the ones offended. Literally saying that the police were targeting Latinos
What??? Oh come on.
Yes, someone put their own words into the release and that's what the police apologized for.
Then....I saw it. What led to the reversal and apology. A Facebook Group posted it and there were 14 comments and 51 reactions. Oh the horror!!! And not all the comments were against it!
Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo says the police department’s warning about the dangers of drinking and driving during Cinco de Mayo twisted the holiday’s rich cultural history into a caricature.
No it didn't!!
Taco Bell has done that along with every other marketing company that is trying to gain market share on social media for the 5th of May.
Officer Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Arkansas Police Department is one of a kind! When I first began following Tommy, I believed that he must be a community relations officer or school resource officer.
The guy is all over social media talking with the community, showing their good work, this guy interacts with everyone!
I was surprised to learn that he is a front line
patrol officer that answers radio calls, arrests bad people
and does his calling with incredible respect and integrity. I also
learned that it isn't just his style of policing, but an a
philosophy that permeates the North Little Rock Police Department
from Chief Mike Davis on down.
Tommy was quick to point out that the North Little Rock Police Department truly wants to embrace their community and knows the value of building relationships and trust go a long way in building a better community for everyone!
A couple of weeks ago Tommy went to Prom with a young lady, he delivers toys and clothes out of the back of his patrol car and always has time for a kind word.
If I had to pick three words to describe Tommy Norman from the short time I spent with him and from the digital footprint he has created they would be:
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Special thanks to Sgt. Brian Dedrick, the Public Information Officer for setting this interview up.