Blue View by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)

Law enforcement officers have one of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the United States. The brave men and women of law enforcement are charged with the enormous responsibility of keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe. Be sure to tune in to Blue View, presented by the National Fraternal Order of Police, every week to hear from law enforcement experts, elected officials, and other notable leaders to gain insight into the issues and current events surrounding the law enforcement community. Each episode will leave you with a better understanding of what law enforcement officers face daily. Together, we can rebuild the trust between police officers and the communities they serve.

A Growing Threat: The Landscape of Extremist Threats to Law Enforcement in the United States with John Cohen (Part 1)
Oct 4 2022
A Growing Threat: The Landscape of Extremist Threats to Law Enforcement in the United States with John Cohen (Part 1)
Domestic violent extremism has become one of the biggest threats to law enforcement and members of the public. In the past few years, individuals affiliated with anti-government and white supremacist groups have attacked houses of worship, grocery stores, demonstrations, and even law enforcement officers themselves. As a result, combating domestic violent extremism is a priority for law enforcement at every level across the country. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with John Cohen, who most recently served as the Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism and Threat Prevention at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the top counterterrorism official in the country. John has over three decades of experience in law enforcement, counterintelligence, and homeland security, and has held numerous high-ranking government positions over his career. He has studied mass casualty attacks and is currently studying the impact of internet-based communications technologies on crime and homeland/national security. In Part 1 of their conversation, National President Patrick Yoes and John Cohen discuss today’s threat environment, the role that social media plays in encouraging ambush attacks on law enforcement officers, how social media complicates the fight against crime, and some things that law enforcement can do better to respond to these challenges.
Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 2]
Sep 20 2022
Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 2]
“Why’d you stop me?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions people have when stopped by the police. There is a violent confrontation between the police and a community member EVERY hour in our country. This violence often stems from a lack of understanding and mistrust for the police. It is crucial that we educate our future leaders in the community about policing in order to promote positive interactions between community members and the police. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with retired Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Jason Lehman, who's mission it is to reduce violence between peace officers and the community through the training provided by his organization Why'd You Stop Me? (WYSM) The National FOP endorsed Jason’s training organization, which aims to increase transparency in policing in an effort to eliminate these acts of violence. The organization’s mission is to provide empowerment training to both police officers and the public to improve legitimacy and reduce acts of violence during encounters. In Part 1 of their conversation, National President Patrick Yoes and WYSM Founder Jason Lehman discuss Jason’s background and the eye-opening encounter that he had in a classroom that led him to found the organization. Later, they discuss the new ways in which policing relationships are formed and Jason’s thoughts on the future of law enforcement. In Part 2 of their conversation, National President Patrick Yoes and WYSM Founder Jason Lehman discuss the future of law enforcement, and Jason gives some advice to both current law enforcement officers and the communities in which they serve.
Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 1]
Sep 15 2022
Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 1]
“Why’d you stop me?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions people have when stopped by the police. There is a violent confrontation between the police and a community member EVERY hour in our country. This violence often stems from a lack of understanding and mistrust for the police. It is crucial that we educate our future leaders in the community about policing in order to promote positive interactions between community members and the police. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with retired Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Jason Lehman, who's mission it is to reduce violence between peace officers and the community through the training provided by his organization Why'd You Stop Me? (WYSM) The National FOP endorsed Jason’s training organization, which aims to increase transparency in policing in an effort to eliminate these acts of violence. The organization’s mission is to provide empowerment training to both police officers and the public to improve legitimacy and reduce acts of violence during encounters. In Part 1 of their conversation, National President Patrick Yoes and WYSM Founder Jason Lehman discuss Jason’s background and the eye-opening encounter that he had in a classroom that led him to found the organization. Later, they discuss the new ways in which policing relationships are formed and Jason’s thoughts on the future of law enforcement.   00:00 – Intro 00:56 – About Jason Lehman 02:33 – WYSM 13:10 – Relationship-Based Policing 18:18 – The Future of Law Enforcement
Former DEA Acting Administrator Tim Shea on Rogue Prosecutors and the Rise in Crime
Jul 14 2022
Former DEA Acting Administrator Tim Shea on Rogue Prosecutors and the Rise in Crime
For the past several years, the FOP has been sounding the alarm about the nationwide surge in crime. All across the country, our communities are seeing the real-life, and often deadly, consequences of rogue prosecutors failing to hold violent, repeat criminals accountable. When rogue prosecutors like George Gascon in Los Angeles, Kim Foxx in Chicago, and Larry Krasner in Philadelphia choose to hand out slaps on the wrist to serious offenders, criminals become emboldened. They commit acts of violence knowing that they will not face significant consequences for their actions. Law-abiding citizens should have no patience for public officials who undermine the work of law enforcement agencies, especially when crime and violence are impacting so many people. Prosecutors in too many jurisdictions are abusing their authority by imposing a social agenda instead of enforcing the law. Across the country, leaders with the Fraternal Order of Police are fighting back against these rogue prosecutors and activist judges because Americans should not have to live in fear.  On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Tim Shea, former Acting Administrator of the DEA. Prior to serving at the DEA, Tim served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia during the Trump administration. In that capacity, he led the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office in the country—responsible for the prosecution of both federal and local crimes in the District of Columbia.