David Leath is a full-time employee of my local County police department in NY. During his 23-year journey, he has experienced thousands of interactions between emergency medical staff and fire departments and has grown to appreciate the similarities between police, medical, and fire services. His wife is a nurse and he has built strong relationships with many fire chiefs, making him feel comfortable in those intersecting worlds. He believes that all types of heroes need a recharge from time to time. He is a coach, professional speaker, podcaster, and author.
Some factors to consider when determining the motive behind a crime include personal history with or relationship to the victim, evidence at the scene, statements made, behavior displayed, financial situation, what is to gain or be lost, personal or emotional issues, and ideology. Transcript: "Some of the factors that you're trying to consider when you're determining the motive behind the crime is what's the person's personal history with or their relationship with the victim? What's the evidence at the crime scene? What is the evidence showing you? I recently had a burglary where the complaint was falsely. Reporting that his ex-wife was breaking into his house. We're actually he he had cut the window himself and the evidence at the scene didn't support the victims statement. So he ended up getting arrested for falsely, reporting and some other charges. So what are the statements that are made? What's the behavior that's being displayed? At the scene? I mentioned, what's the relationship? What is their financial situation? What's to gain? What's to be lost? Personal or emotional issues and what's their ideology, like, is this a hate crime is? What's the religion things like that? Those are all factors to be considered in the motive behind the crime. Usually, it's something emotional or Financial in in my experience. All right, one"
The correct answer is to follow up on all leads, depending on how busy the department is and what the caseload looks like. Some cases are more obvious, and not all leads need to be followed up on but it is best practice to follow up on them all. Transcript: "Very often in many crimes, there are no Witnesses and no video. So you don't have much of a lead to go on those cases. Often get penned it out until further leads come in. But when you do have leads, you should really follow up on all of them. The correct answer is follow up on All Leads, depends on how busy you are. What your caseload, like some departments are extremely busy, and there, Their staff is thin, so some leads may get overlooked. Some crimes are very obvious, like the person. Knows who did it. They saw them do it or they have video of them doing it. And it's very obvious not and not All Leads. May not necessarily need to be followed up on, but the correct answer for court is you follow up on All Leads."
My podcasting style has evolved over the years and I now focus on bringing in experts and other podcasters as guests. I have become more selective in who I invite onto my show. Transcript: "So the question asked was how has your podcasting style evolved over the years and why? And my style has evolved in terms of the length of my content. So in the beginning I would ask anyone who would say yes to be a guest on my podcast and my only criteria was that they had previously worked in the field of nursing, policing, or you know fire or rescue or military. Just as long as they worked in the field they could be a guest on the show. Now I've gotten a little bit more stringent with my requirements and now I'm looking for people who are in the expert space such as speakers or coaches and other podcasters. I've found that asking other podcasters has been a very easy ask and they typically say yes because they're used to interviewing and being interviewed so that has been a very easy source of guests and especially for my niche because I've just made a list of all of the people that have podcasts in my niche and really it's just since then my style has changed and evolved because I've gotten a little bit more strict with who I bring on to the show a little bit more selective."
The one piece of advice I would give my younger self is to start that big dream of mine now and take small baby steps towards it every day. Transcript: "So the question asked is, if you could give yourself one piece of advice to your youngest self, what would it be? And I love this question because I've answered it many times and I also ask people this question a lot on my podcast. So the one piece of advice that I would give myself is start that thing, that big dream of yours, start it now and start small. Take baby steps towards that big thing every single day. This question actually reminds me of a piece of content that I just shot in Arizona. Here it is. Hey guys, I'm out here in Arizona at a very, very high elevation and it just brought this thought to mind that sometimes people don't start things because they feel like they got to knock it out of the park on their first shot. And a very wise man once told me, don't worry about writing your first book because no one's going to read it anyway. One."
I am able to relax efficiently if I get too nervous by putting in the reps, practicing what I need to do, and focusing on my breathing and mindset. Exercising and keeping myself mentally fit also helps me to remain calm in nerve-racking situations. Transcript: "Am I able to relax efficiently if I get too nervous? It's rare that it's a rare situation that I actually get nervous. I get nervous before going on stage to talk to people, I get nervous for. Am I going to be powerful enough in my delivery? That I affect change in their hearts? So I get nervous when I have to do something that I feel like I haven't truly prepared enough. F4. That's when I get nervous but I believe, confidence comes from the Reps. So if you practice something, you practice your talk again and again, you practice something. I, you know, you rehearse, you you practice you go through at hundreds and hundreds of times. You put in the Reps, you don't feel nervous. I'm able to relax in situations that other people would find nerve-racking. Because I put in the Reps, I work on my breathing and and when I'm not doing that, I am exercising, I'm walking, I'm focus on my breathing, I'm focusing on my mindset. I'm always preparing my mind and my body at the same time I'm training Like a Warrior or all time. So I keep myself in shape so that I keep myself mentally fit so that I can serve you to the best of my capacity. So I really feel nervous only if I feel that I haven't truly prepared like I know that I should have. All right."
The first step of gathering evidence at a crime scene is to secure the scene, then take photos and/or film it, collect and preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and document who was present. Transcript: "The way you go about Gathering evidence at a crime scene, is very first thing that you want to do is secure the scene. So, it needs to be wrapped up tight, so that no one goes in and out, and no one tampers with the scene. The next thing is, you want a photo it and maybe even film it if you're a department, has that capabilities. So, you want to preserve the scene as it was. When you showed up, the third thing is collect and preserve evidence. Is there any video of the incident is there DNA? Is their It's and then are there any Witnesses? Hopefully the cops did a good job of collecting their information and keeping them present and if they didn't then maybe they got their phone numbers and you can follow up with any Witnesses and take their statements. You want to memorialize anything that they saw heard or smelled any observations that they made? You want to memorialize it on paper on a statement. The next thing is you want to document who Was there with you who was collecting evidence and where it was found, those five things should help you get through a successful investigation. There are other things that you can do as well, and if you can do it and you think of it, if you can think it should be done, you should probably do it."