It is ok for first responders to come forward and ask for help when they need it. There is a stigma that asking for help makes them weak, but this isn't true. There are many places where they can get the help they need and they should not be afraid to reach out. Transcript: "Why is it so hard for First Responders to come forward and ask for help when they need it? Amazing, amazing question. And this is a question that needs to put out more to the community. It is okay to come forward and ask for help. There's this old stereotype that you know if you come forward and if you're having issues at work, if something's bothering you, you know you've lost the edge. You're weak, you're not supposed to show emotion. In law enforcement, we wear the body armor to protect us from external forces. Well, we also put up a shield to protect us from the trauma that we see the negativity that just the, the horrible stuff in the world. The problem is a lot of times that body armor will come off, but that shield never comes off. You keep everything inside because you don't want to show that you're having a tough time with that call. You were just on or you're going through a tough time in your marriage or your family or your friends, or just personal and it's okay not to be okay. And we need to let our first responder Community know that it's okay to say something you want to talk to your brothers and sisters seek out. What's the peer support group that your agency has if they don't have one reach out to another agency to see if they can refer you to somebody. There's a lot of places out there here on any question. There's a lot of great places that they can provide support. So that's what we're all about is breaking down that stigma breaking down that wall of First Responders. Can't ask for help. You can it is okay, it doesn't make you weak. It doesn't make you any less of an officer so my brothers and sisters out there. It's okay. Ask how people who need it."
One of the biggest challenges for those in law enforcement is overcoming the negative stereotypes and stigma associated with the career. People need to be aware that law enforcement officers are there to help, not hurt, and have to find ways to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement. Additionally, officers need to be able to do their job safely, while also showing compassion and tactfulness. Transcript: "What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your job? I'm going to dress this from the point of view, from a first responder in the law enforcement Community. I would say some of the biggest biggest challenges right now is just the negative stereotypes and the negative stigma that's being put out there falsely on law enforcement as a whole. That all law enforcement is is going out there and beating up people and shooting people and taking people's guns away and taking people's rights. A way that can be the furthest thing from the truth, everybody that signed up to be in law enforcement, is there to help people? It was a calling. That's what they wanted to do. So I think it's a big challenge for individuals who are currently in the law enforcement Arena or those who are aspiring to be in that position. That places you go and not everybody is going to welcome, you not everybody's going to think that because you're driving down the street that they're welcoming you there. There's Just a culture that we need to break down those barriers and work with the community that law enforcement. Is there to help them? It's not going away. It's not going to be defunded. It's not going to be disbanded. We'd have total chaos and Anarchy them. So law enforcement has a role in keeping Society safe but there is correct ways to do that. I think some of the challenges that are out there as relates to this is people are coming up with ideas. Has that, you know? We need to be more tactful in the way. We do things. Absolutely agree. We need to have more compassion. Absolutely. But we can't handcuff our officers and not let them do the job that they need to do because it is a very dangerous job out there. So I think the challenges are getting past all these stigmas and stereotypes and keeping in a right mind on what your roles and Duties are out there."
We focus on identifying and removing the small numbers of individuals responsible for most gun violence in a community. We use ballistic technologies to identify how many guns were used at a scene and to determine links between shootings, which will help us identify the trigger pullers and get them off the streets quickly. Transcript: "What types of crimes do you deal with on a regular basis? What were mainly focused on right now? Is Firearms violence? Trying to identify those individuals, we like to refer to them as the trigger pullers who are out there causing havoc in communities. These are the individuals that they're wrapped up in maybe narcotics trafficking or gang activity or it's just a retaliatory shooting. They somebody got shot at. So the first thing they're going to do is get it. Gun and shoot back or somebody was disrespected or cut off in traffic. So, unfortunately, a lot of times they'll just pick up a gun and tried to retaliate what we try to do and what we're focusing in them. Are those small numbers of individuals in a community that are responsible for a vast majority of your shootings. We've seen studies and studies and different crime statistics that, you know, 80% of your shootings are done by about 10 to, Fifteen percent of the individuals. So if you got 200 shootings in a community, you don't have 200 individuals that are doing the shooting. You probably got 10 to 15 that are involved in a vast majority of those shootings and the sooner you can identify one and remove them. You're able to immediately have a direct impact on reducing gun, violence in that community. So that's what we're focused in on is trying to identify those individuals. And right now, We're working with the ballistic Technologies. Looking at the spent cartridge casings that are recover from scenes. And with our technology ballistics IQ were able to identify how many guns were used at a scene. And then, with our rapid polo sticks, were able to determine links between shootings, which will help us identify those trigger pullers and get them off the streets quicker and hence making that area safer."
There are many career advancement opportunities in criminal justice, such as advancing from patrol officer to detective or to a specialized unit like SWAT or negotiations. You can also advance up into supervision, such as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major etc. depending on the department. It all depends on what your niche is and setting a goal of where you want to be. Transcript: "What are some of the career advancement opportunities in criminal, justice as it relates to the law enforcement Community. You know, there are several career advancement opportunities. It just all depends on what department you're in and what size of that department. It is, you know, most typically you'll start out as a patrol officer, then you can advance up in to be a detective, where you're not patrolling the road. You're actually doing criminal Locations or you could get into a specialty unit like SWAT or negotiations, or you could get into the homicide unit or crimes against women or crimes against children or the robbery Squad. You know, there are a lot of different specialized units that again, depends on the size and type of the agency that you're with and then you can get up into supervision if you want to put on that leadership role and that leadership hat. Um, every Department you can advance your way up into sergeant lieutenant Captain major, however, that the structure is broken up. So there are a lot of different Avenues. I mean if you're in a Harbor Town, you know maybe there's a Marine Patrol or there's an aviation Patrol. If you're a pilot, you know, the big thing. Now we're seeing our drones agencies are setting up their own units and getting officers. Who are drone certified that they can use those? It just all depends on what your Niche is, what you would like to get into what really drives you and gives you purpose and then you just need to set a goal and say this is where I want to go. This is where I want to work and figure out what you need to do to accomplish that."
To mitigate the risk of terrorism when traveling, it is important to be low key and not flash wealth or wear expensive clothing or jewelry with obvious American labels. Additionally, being aware of your surroundings and who is around you will help to ensure a safer experience. Transcript: "So, the question is, what have been the most effective strategies for mitigating terrorism in the travel industry? Boy, that's a tough question because the travel industry covers so many different things. You have travel by land. You have travel by sea and then travel by air. With each of those, the vulnerabilities are a little bit different, but I would say that your choice of the word mitigating is a good one because you're not going to eliminate The risk of terrorism, you can be a very secure facility and still be targeted by terrorists if they want to get at the place where you are staying or visiting. So, I would say, in general when you're traveling, a lot of it has to do with being low key. For instance, I tend to not wear any American brands, I buy clothing overseas. That looks like it. Fits in. If I'm traveling in Asia, I tend to wear A lot of clothing they either has no obvious American labels on it or is clothing that I've actually bought in that part of the world. The same thing goes with flashing wealth. There's a fine line, sometimes between criminals and terrorists, but you can mark yourself as a victim if you're wearing a Rolex or a very, very expensive watch, or obvious jewelry. But I would say really the biggest thing that you could do, when And this goes for travel by sea land or air, is making sure that you were aware of your surroundings. It's very easy when you're on vacation to kind of have a fairly relaxed attitude but if you are aware of your surroundings, not hyper-vigilant, but just being aware of what is around you and who is around you, that will go a long way towards helping your safety out and maybe stopping something before it becomes a problem for you."
I have always wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid. If you want to become a police officer or federal agent, follow your dream and you will enjoy a great career. Transcript: "What inspired me to become a police officer in federal agent? Honestly, in my case, I have always wanted to be a police officer from the days. I was a little kid. I wrote on the wall of my bedroom, when I was in sixth grade, I wrote my name is Tom O'Connell. I want to be a police officer and so that was written in crayon but it was written in stone and it's been something that I've always wanted to pursue. There's never been been a time in my life that that wasn't the career path that I wanted to follow. And if that's something that you were really interested in, follow your dream, make it happen and you will also enjoy a great career. It is like, no other. So, follow your dreams if that's where you want to go. And those are the types of people we want in law, enforcement, people who have that dream, to be a police officer and follow through,"