2 Cops 1 Donut

Det. Erik Lavigne

We were asked “what exactly is the point of this show?”Answer: social media is an underutilized tool by police. Not just police, but firefighters, DA’s, nurses, military, ambulance, teachers; front liners. This show is designed to reveal the full potential of true communication through long discussion format. This will give a voice to these professions that often go unheard from those that do it. Furthermore, it’s designed to show authentic and genuine response; rather than the tiresome “look, cops petting puppies” approach. We are avoiding the sound bite narrative so the first responders and those associated can give fully articulated thought. The idea is the viewers both inside and outside these career fields can gain realistic and genuine perspective to make informed opinions on the content. Overall folks, we want to earn your respect, help create the change you want and need together through all channels of the criminal justice system and those that directly impact it. This comes from the heart with nothing but positive intentions. That is what this show is about. Disclaimer: The views shared by this podcast, the hosts, and/or the guests do not in anyway reflect their employer or the policies of their employer. Any views shared or content of this podcast is of their opinion and not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything. 2 Cops 1 Donut is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the podcast series available for listening on this site or for watching shared on this site or others. The primary purpose of this podcast is to educate and inform. This podcast does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services.

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Episodes

Adrenaline and Decision-Making in Law Enforcement
May 29 2024
Adrenaline and Decision-Making in Law Enforcement
Send us a Text Message.(This was recorded LIVE-find our YouTube to follow along visually) Can pepper spray be more effective than bullets in a high-stakes law enforcement scenario? Join us as we unpack this provocative debate with our special guests Eric Tansey from the Failure to Stop Podcast, Tyler from the Antihero Podcast, and Erik Lavigne, Host of Two Cops One Donut chat LIVE! After a brief hiatus, Erik returns with renewed energy and fresh perspectives, kicking off with an episode featuring retired SWAT officer Travis Gribble. We dive into the challenges officers face during mental health crises, discussing the safety protocols, tactical decisions, and real-world impacts on both law enforcement and civilians.Navigating the intricacies of handling dangerous situations, we explore the frequent unreliability of non-lethal options like tasers and the potential effectiveness of pepper spray in confined spaces. Through spirited debates and personal anecdotes, our guests share their firsthand experiences and insights into managing volatile individuals and the evolving strategies in law enforcement. We highlight the role of Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and the critical importance of clear communication and safety backup in unpredictable, high-tension scenarios.Technological advancements also make a significant impact on modern policing. We introduce Peregrine, a cutting-edge tool aiding law enforcement agencies in bridging information gaps and analyzing critical data. Additionally, we discuss intense real-life situations, such as a gun battle involving Columbus police officers, emphasizing the physical and psychological effects of adrenaline during active shooter incidents. This episode provides a comprehensive look into the complexities of police work, from tactical responses to community policing, and underscores the importance of effective communication and rapid decision-making under pressure.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Inside the High-Stakes World of Law Enforcement: From SWAT Operations to Community Trust with Travis Gribble
May 28 2024
Inside the High-Stakes World of Law Enforcement: From SWAT Operations to Community Trust with Travis Gribble
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how law enforcement handles high-stress scenarios like barricaded suspects? On this episode of "Two Cops, One Donut," we promise an in-depth look into the meticulous processes and strategic planning involved, guided by insights from retired police officer Travis Gribble. Drawing from his 24-year career spanning Michigan and Texas, Travis and I break down everything—from the initial call to the tactical decisions made on the ground. Along the way, we bond over our shared Michigan roots and sports allegiances, adding a personal touch to the heavy topics at hand.Travis also opens up about the importance of fostering trust between the police and the community through initiatives like ride-alongs and citizen police academies. Hear firsthand how these programs can change negative perceptions and build stronger community ties. We touch on the future of law enforcement careers, including the emotional challenges of working in close-knit communities and the essential role of mentorship and continuous training. Travis's personal stories make it clear that dedication and emotional resilience are integral to the profession.In an illuminating discussion on SWAT team dynamics, we explore the high demands and financial costs associated with these elite units. Travis shares his journey from rigorous selection to becoming a mental health advocate, highlighting the critical importance of seeking support in a profession often marred by stoicism. Whether it's the exacting process of planning SWAT operations or the evolving use of technology like drones, this episode is packed with valuable insights. We conclude with a heartfelt conversation about mental health resources and the significance of community support, making this a must-listen for anyone interested in the real-life complexities of law enforcement.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Inside the Split-Second Decisions of Law Enforcement: Unveiling the Truth Beyond the Badge
May 6 2024
Inside the Split-Second Decisions of Law Enforcement: Unveiling the Truth Beyond the Badge
Send us a Text Message.Coming back from a stint of military duty, I'm hitting the ground running with a LIVE episode that unearths the raw realities of law enforcement. Joined by Deputy Banning Sweatland, we grapple with the tough choices officers make in the blink of an eye, analyzing body cam footage that paints a stark picture of the critical incidents they face. From the chaos of the Charlotte shooting to NYPD officers navigating protester-laden streets, we don't just recount events; we place you right at the heart of the action, questioning what you'd do with a split-second to decide.This isn't just about the adrenaline-pumping pursuits; it's a deep dive into the emotional and ethical fiber that holds the badge. We dissect strategies behind deploying the Taser 10 and dissect the tactical choices of a high-speed foot chase in Austin, revealing the intense interplay of quick thinking and the burden of responsibility. Our dialogue turns personal as we reflect on the intersection of our convictions and the law enforcement world, sharing touching personal anecdotes and the principles that both protect and challenge those who wear the uniform.As we wrap up, the conversation turns toward the legal doctrines shaping modern policing - qualified immunity and Posse Comitatus. Their nuances are demystified, offering clarity on how these principles impact the officers' day-to-day and the communities they serve. Lastly, we throw an open invite to listeners curious about the peregrine system, a cutting-edge tool in the fight against crime, and salute contributors like Marine Blood, Mario Lopez, and Steve Wallace for enriching our ongoing dialogue. This episode peels back the curtain on the true dynamics of law enforcement, serving insights you won't find on the evening news.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Beyond the Badge: Insights and Debates on Policing, Accountability, and the Rush of Enforcement
Apr 20 2024
Beyond the Badge: Insights and Debates on Policing, Accountability, and the Rush of Enforcement
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to unravel the truth behind the badge as we engage in a no-holds-barred conversation with your host, Erik Lavigne, guest Eric Tansey of the Failure to Stop Podcast and retired Chicago-area cop, Dominic Izzo. This episode is a treasure trove for anyone curious about the complexities of police work, from the emotional to the ethical aspects officers grapple with daily. We promise a revealing look at the lives of those who enforce the law, as well as a gripping segment where we step into the boots of officers in body cam footage, dissecting the split-second decisions they face.Venture with us into the heart of the thin blue line's culture, where terms like "blue falcon" take on weighty significance, and the role of K9s in high-risk operations sparks intense debate. We don't shy away from the tough questions, such as the ethics of putting these loyal animals in harm's way and the heavy responsibilities that come with the badge. The valor of the unsung heroes of emergency response, the 9-1-1 dispatchers, gets its due spotlight, recognizing the profound impact of their unseen work on the front lines of crisis.This episode doesn't just stop at the action; we also peel back the layers of law enforcement response and the duty that binds officers in the most trying of times. From discussions on police accountability and social media to the nitty-gritty of de-escalation tactics, we provide a panoramic view of the forces shaping modern policing. And for those who've ever imagined the adrenaline rush of a high-speed pursuit, we recount an exhilarating chase that ends on an unexpected note. Join us for this candid, insider's perspective on the beat that's as engaging as it is informative.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge: A Raw Insight into Police Decision-Making and the Balance of Force
Apr 2 2024
Behind the Badge: A Raw Insight into Police Decision-Making and the Balance of Force
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered what goes through a cop's mind during a high-stakes situation? Banning Sweatland and I, alongside Eric Tansey from "Official Failure to Stop," and "Friday's with Frank" Dep. Frank Sloup from Pinal County Sheriff's Office Arizona,  serve up an unvarnished look into the split-second decisions made by law enforcement officers. Sip on your favorite drink and join us as we scrutinize police body cam footage in real-time, offering a rare peek into the critical moments that can define an officer's career. We're bringing a potent mix of humor and expertise to the table, dissecting scenarios, answering live questions, and tossing in anecdotes from our time on the streets.Things get intense as we tackle the delicate dance between force and restraint in encounters with knife-wielding suspects or individuals aiming for 'suicide by cop.' We don't just recount these events; we're thrusting you into the heart of the action, discussing the life-or-death decisions officers must make to protect themselves and the public. The dynamic of our conversation shifts from the technicalities of tactical positioning to the broader implications of communication, as we candidly critique the sometimes aggressive tactics that can escalate already volatile situations.Our episode isn't just about the tense moments; it's also about the lighter ones, and yes, even the failures—like when our podcast lives up to its name with a few technical glitches. But there's a lesson in everything; we use these hiccups to underscore the importance of adaptability and the power of clear communication, not just in policing, but in any high-pressure scenario. So, raise a glass with us; let's navigate the complexities of law enforcement together, and maybe even find a way to laugh through the seriousness of it all.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
LIVE! Behind the Badge : Exploring Police Demeanor, De-escalation, and Tactical Decision-Making
Mar 20 2024
LIVE! Behind the Badge : Exploring Police Demeanor, De-escalation, and Tactical Decision-Making
Send us a Text Message.On this LIVE podcast, we ask...Ever wondered how a police officer's demeanor can shape your opinion of the entire force? Prepare to walk a mile in their shoes, as we gather insights from Two Cops One Donut host Erik Lavigne, Former Chicago-area cop Dominic Izzo, and Texas Deputy Banning Sweatland, to unravel the complexities of police-community relations and the art of verbal de-escalation. Their diverse experiences shed light on the delicate balance officers must strike between asserting authority and respecting citizen rights, while also ensuring their actions are grounded in professionalism and constitutional awareness. If you like what you hear, be sure to head to the YouTube channel so you can see exactly what we were talking about. Just look for @Two Cops One Donut and find that LIVE  tab. Traffic stops are more than just flashing lights and sirens; they're a litmus test for the mutual respect between an officer and the community. Reflecting on personal law enforcement experiences, I stress the importance of communication skills in these high-pressure encounters, discussing how they can defuse potential confrontations. Join us as we dissect a controversial traffic stop in Millbrae, California, bringing to the forefront issues of jurisdiction, power dynamics, and the pivotal role of professional conduct in the heat of the moment.Finally, brace yourself for a deep dive into the high-stakes world of police tactical responses, from a justified shooting incident to the suspenseful handling of a barricaded suspect. With Chad, a seasoned firefighter and reserve peace officer, we pull back the curtain on these tense scenarios, scrutinizing the decision-making process and the ethics that guide officers in life-or-death situations. This episode promises a gripping exploration of law enforcement practices, where safety, restraint, and body camera footage are as much a part of the uniform as the badge they wear.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Mike the Cop: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Mar 12 2024
Mike the Cop: The Man, The Myth, The Legend
Send us a Text Message.Ever curious about a cop's life after hanging up the uniform for a keyboard? Dive into the world of Mike "the Cop" Edwards, as he shares his captivating journey from enforcing the law to engaging millions online. It's a rollercoaster of humor, reality, and the untold stories of policing beyond the badge. Discover how Mike, once hidden behind a pseudonym, became a beacon for officers venturing into the digital age and the impact his unique blend of content has on communities worldwide.Join us as we explore the recent rise of the 'TikTok cop' phenomenon and how it's reshaping the image of law enforcement in the digital era. From viral recruitment videos to jiu-jitsu training sessions, witness how online platforms are becoming the new frontier for police engagement and training insights. But Mike's story transcends his transition; it highlights the adaptability, dedication, and heart of those in uniform.In this episode, we also touch on the powerful moments of connection and change fostered through social media—from supporting a young girl's fight for health to breaking down barriers between cops and communities. Mike's experiences offer a rare glimpse into the compassionate side of policing, challenging stereotypes and fostering a deeper understanding between officers and the public. Get ready for a story that's not just about entertainment but a profound lesson in empathy and unity.Law Enforcement! Be sure to check out our Sponsor Peregrine! If you want my personal opinion, this company is going to change law enforcement just like DNA testing and Fingerprinting has done. Don't believe me? Reach out to them at Peregrine.io and tell them Two Cops One Donut sent you or reach out to me and I will connect you directly.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge Live: Roll Call Shenanigans Between Two Cops
Mar 11 2024
Behind the Badge Live: Roll Call Shenanigans Between Two Cops
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered what it's like to chase down a suspect or decode the silent messages in gang graffiti? Pull up a seat as I, Erik Lavigne, team up with my fellow law enforcement veteran, Eric Tansey from Failure to Stop podcast, for an unfiltered chat on the quirks and conquests of our police days. We're peeling back the curtain LIVE, on the camaraderie that binds the badge, sharing tales that fluctuate between laugh-out-loud and profound, all while sipping on our preferred drinks and pondering the complexities of wine certification.Strap in for a riveting patrol through the landscape of policing, where Hawaiian shirts clash with department policies and body cams capture every calculated move. Our guest, an early bird with a penchant for stand-up comedy, joins the discourse, infusing the conversation with humor and unexpected entrepreneurial insights. From the importance of emotional intelligence to mastering the art of de-escalation, we dissect the skills that define not just a good cop, but a great one, and how these lessons transcend the streets and shape our personal lives.As we bid farewell, we don't just tip our hats to the thrills of the job; we also reflect on the quieter moments of gratitude that round out the life of those who serve and protect. There's no shortage of thanks for our supporters who keep the conversation between the community and law enforcement alive. So, whether you're part of the force, an avid supporter, or simply curious about what goes on behind the badge, this episode is a salute to the unsung heroes and the heartfelt journey of policing.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge: Navigating the Realities of Traffic Stops, Checkpoints, and Force in Policing
Mar 5 2024
Behind the Badge: Navigating the Realities of Traffic Stops, Checkpoints, and Force in Policing
Send us a Text Message.In this LIVE discussion and review, Prepare to have your perspective on DWI checkpoints and traffic stops reshaped as we unravel the complexities of law enforcement with insights from the host, Sgt Erik Lavigne, former Chicago-area officer Dominic Izzo, Texas deputy Banning Sweatland, and Deputy Sloup from “Fridays with Frank” out of Pinal County. This week's conversation ignites a robust debate on the legality and ethics of these police practices, offering a treasure trove of knowledge from seasoned professionals. We'll bring you into the heat of the moment with real-time analysis of body cam footage, giving you an officer's-eye view of critical decision-making that could make the difference between safety and tragedy.Tune in as we dissect the art of communication and the impact of education on the force, challenging the traditional divide between street smarts and scholarly knowledge. Our guests share adrenaline-fueled stories from the frontline, debating the merits of high-speed pursuits and the tactical dance officers perform during standoffs and arrests. Listen closely for a gripping discussion on the use of force and the intricate balance police must strike between their authority and the rights of individuals during the tensest of encounters.Cap off the experience with a deep dive into nighttime traffic stop safety, the strategies employed in the silent rural darkness, and the olfactory-based probable cause when marijuana comes into play. Our panelists don't hold back on the nuances of approach, the perils they face on the job, and the ever-present specter of armed confrontations that demand a swift and measured response. Join us for an unflinching look at the police profession, where every decision counts and the resolve of those who protect and serve is constantly put to the test.Each guest has their own set of thoughts and opinions and do not reflect nor are endorsed by the Two Cops One Donut podcast. Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Friday's With Frank: Tales from Behind the Badge
Feb 21 2024
Friday's With Frank: Tales from Behind the Badge
Send us a Text Message.Deputy Frank Sloup steps out from his 'Fridays with Frank' fame to sit shotgun with us, trading his patrol cruiser for a microphone as we chart the multifaceted landscape of law enforcement. It's an episode packed with both adrenaline-pumping patrol tales and the granular details of police work that never make the headlines. From the finesse required in crafting bulletproof reports to the nuances of overseeing wildlife conservation, Frank's straight-shooting insight gives us a front-row seat to the trials and triumphs that come with wearing the badge.Hold onto your holsters as we navigate the unpredictable currents of police interactions and the artful balance between authority and approachability. Frank schools us on the delicate nature of traffic stops in Texas, the critical social skills needed for effective policing, and the tightrope walk of maintaining respect while enforcing the law. Our dialogue also ventures into the spice-rack of life beyond the uniform, revealing our shared zest for the great outdoors and a mutual craving for crafting the perfect chili recipe.As we reel in our expansive conversation, Frank and I reflect on the indispensable role of community engagement and social media in modern-day policing. Treading uncharted waters, we discuss our upcoming TikTok adventures and the importance of public persona in forging meaningful connections beyond the screen. With anecdotes aplenty and wisdom to boot, this episode offers a candid snapshot of the camaraderie and challenges that define the lives of those who serve and protect. Join us for a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is entertaining, with Deputy Frank Slobo leading the way.Sponsored by Peregrine: If you want to turn your investigative skills up to 11, check out Peregrine.io and tell them Two Cops One Donut sent ya. Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Navigating the Beat: A 27-Year Atlanta Police Veteran's Insights into Law Enforcement Evolution
Jan 29 2024
Navigating the Beat: A 27-Year Atlanta Police Veteran's Insights into Law Enforcement Evolution
Send us a Text Message.Join the ranks as I, host Sgt. Erik Lavigne, sits down with Mike O'Connor, an Atlanta police veteran of 27 years, who takes us on a patrol through his career's most pivotal moments and the evolving landscape of law enforcement. With a city pulsating with the energy of millions during peak hours, Mike reveals how the heart of Atlanta beats beneath the uniform – from the adrenaline-rushed response to the Centennial Olympic Park bombing to the nuanced pathways of career progression within the police force. This episode is a tribute to the officers who navigate not only the streets but also the complex tapestry of public perception, political pressures, and technological advancements that shape their world.Imagine navigating the challenges of law enforcement armed with the latest technological sword, the Peregrine system, transforming detective work by connecting the dots across a sea of data. As Mike shares tales of tackling crimes that range from AC unit theft to managing massive protests, we gain a front-row seat to the strategic decision-making and resourcefulness required in the heat of the moment. His insights on the personal and professional impacts of high-profile incidents like the wrongful arrest during the Olympic bombing and the fallout from controversial police firings pull back the curtain on the toll these events take on department morale and the intricate dance of maintaining public trust.In a heartfelt exchange, Mike and I share a chuckle over our mutual admiration for a fine bourbon, and he imparts wisdom on selecting a supportive community when considering a policing career amidst today's climate. With anecdotes that span from riot control to the hum of daily proactive policing, our conversation traverses a spectrum of experiences that defines the beat of an officer's life. As we wrap up, the gratitude for this dialogue is palpable, leaving us with a deeper understanding of the men and women who don the badge, and a curiosity for the further stories that Mike will undoubtedly have to share upon his return.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge: Realities of Policing and the Aftermath of Critical Incidents
Dec 21 2023
Behind the Badge: Realities of Policing and the Aftermath of Critical Incidents
Send us a Text Message.This was a LIVE STREAM: Be Sure to head to our Youtube to check out the entire episode or the clips. Have you ever stood at the line where duty meets decision, where a split second can ripple through a lifetime? Join me, Erik Lavigne, as we pull up a chair with Banning Sweatland, Dominick Izzo, and "The Suffering Podcast" host Kevin Donaldson to scrutinize the life behind the badge in "Two Cops One Donut." We kick off with a raw look at body cam footage, parsing out the intricate dance of real-time policing with our collective expertise in defensive tactics and canine operations, among others, to bring you insights that are as diverse as our backgrounds.The journey from the streets to the sergeants' office is fraught with laughter, rivalry, and the kind of stories that could only come from a life in uniform. Throughout this episode, we share our personal paths in law enforcement from the perspective of those who've walked the beat. Host Erik Lavigne recaps a previous episode with Bruce Anderson talking about his battle with PTSD, and together, we tackle the aftereffects of critical incidents, from the adrenaline-fueled takedowns to the quiet struggles that follow. In the rich tapestry of our conversation, we weave in the significance of camaraderie and the acknowledgment that sometimes, the hardest part of the job is coping with the choices we're forced to make.As our episode unfolds, we dissect the mechanics of a gas station takedown, navigate the hazards of high-speed pursuits, and scrutinize the impact of prior behavior on current confrontations. Kevin Donaldson's creation of 'The Suffering Podcast' speaks to the heart of our dialogue, offering a lifeline to those adrift in adversity. We wrap up with sincere gratitude to our listeners and a gentle nudge to join our ranks by subscribing — your support is the handshake that crosses the divide, bringing closer the worlds of law enforcement and the communities we serve.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge LIVE: Realities, Challenges, and Triumphs in Law Enforcement
Dec 12 2023
Behind the Badge LIVE: Realities, Challenges, and Triumphs in Law Enforcement
Send us a Text Message.Get ready for an exclusive and captivating LIVE episode diving deep into the world of law enforcement! Join Texas Deputy Banning Sweatland, retired Chicago-Area police officer and podcaster Dominic Izzo, and Pinal County AZ's "Friday's with Frank" Frank Sloup as they share their unfiltered experiences on the front line. Beyond the harsh realities, they reveal heartwarming moments, like the transformative journey of a DUI offender after arrest.Our conversation goes beyond the uniform, exploring the human side of policing. We touch on the emotional aftermath of 9/11, compare diverse police departments, and reveal the daily risks officers face. Discover the significance of community policing and officers' essential role in connecting with those they serve. Additionally, brace yourself for an enlightening discussion on ALPR (automatic license plate recognition) and its impact on solving crimes.As the episode unfolds, we delve into thought-provoking discussions. From police use of force to the influence of movies on law enforcement culture, we cover it all. Prepare for controversial topics like non-lethal weapons in law enforcement and the effectiveness of field sobriety tests. Join us for an eye-opening journey through the perspectives of those who proudly wear the badge. #LawEnforcementInsights #FrontlinePerspectives #BeyondTheBadgeSupport the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Becoming a Superhero: An Insight into the Life and Challenges of a Rookie Cop
Nov 30 2023
Becoming a Superhero: An Insight into the Life and Challenges of a Rookie Cop
Send us a Text Message.Ever dreamt of becoming a superhero as a child? Well, our guest in this episode, rookie cop Josiah "Chef" Liszewski, did too, and he's now living that dream! From chasing bad guys in high-speed pursuits to navigating the unique challenges of proactive policing, Chef shares about his exhilarating journey from a sheltered upbringing to becoming a law enforcement officer. His passion and dedication for his work offers an intimate look into the complexities of the law enforcement field.We then switch gears, reminiscing about our job experiences before turning 35. Including the seemingly glamorous stint working on a yacht in California, it turns out, wasn't all sunshine and rainbows but filled with bouts of unexpected seasickness. We also explore an innovative tool for law enforcement - the Insight LPR, a license plate reader designed to aid agencies, communities, and businesses. Our discussion then circles back to the world of policing, shedding light on topics such as the civil service test, the hiring process, and the dynamic shift from reactive to proactive policing.In the latter part of the episode, we address the challenges faced by officers when working in a bustling bar area and the stigma attached to proactive policing. We also tackle the team dynamics within the police force, especially between patrol and specialized police teams. As we wrap up, we put emphasis on the critical influence trainers have on rookies and the justified use of force in policing. We conclude with a gripping recount of a wild shootout, proving that the life of a police officer is anything but ordinary. Join us for an episode packed with insights, experiences, and a whole lot of action!Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
LIVE! Behind the Badge: A Deep Dive into the Lifeworld of Law Enforcement
Nov 28 2023
LIVE! Behind the Badge: A Deep Dive into the Lifeworld of Law Enforcement
Send us a Text Message.Previously LIVE recording: Ever wonder what really goes on behind the badge? Pull up a chair and lend an ear, as we dig deep into the world of law enforcement through the eyes of experienced veterans. Our panel of high-caliber professionals, Danny King, Banning Sweatland, Randy Snyder, and Tom Smith, with decades of experience in various roles like patrol, SWAT, canine, and investigations, peel back the curtain on what it truly means to walk the thin blue line.From analyzing raw and unfiltered police body cam videos to discussing the realities of police shootings, our conversation gets real, fast. We navigate the murky waters of high-stress situations, the trials of tactical training, and the misconceptions around aiming. We don't stop there, as we also venture into the aftermath of officer-involved shootings, discussing the emotional roller-coaster and procedural dance that follows. With an honest and open conversation, we shed light on the need for quick thinking, proper training, and a resilient mindset, giving you an authentic insight into the everyday challenges our officers face.But the badge is more than just a job; it's a lifestyle that affects not just the officers but their families as well. As we wrap up, we explore the less spoken about mental health struggles within the law enforcement community, emphasizing the need for addressing PTSD and the importance of support systems. We take a moment to appreciate the often-unsung heroes who serve and protect, discussing the importance of family involvement, and the role of the National Law Enforcement Officer Hall of Fame. Step into the world of law enforcement and gain a deeper, more nuanced understanding of what it truly means to serve and protect. Join us for this enlightening discussion with our all-star panel and prepare to see the world from the other side of the badge.FULL DISCLOSURE, THIS WAS DONE LIVE...FOR VISUAL CONTEXT PLEASE VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL @TWOCOPSONEDONUTSupport the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Police Body Camera Breakdowns LIVE: A Insightful Exploration with Former Officer Suresh
Nov 20 2023
Police Body Camera Breakdowns LIVE: A Insightful Exploration with Former Officer Suresh
Send us a Text Message.This was a live recording, not the normal podcast.  You may have to watch from our YouTube to get the full value out of this episode. What happens on the other side of a cop's body camera? Join us with our friends Suresh from 221B Tactical, a former cop from New Jersey, and Deputy Banning Sweatland as we peel back the layers of law enforcement, dissecting body cam footage and exploring what really happens during routine traffic stops, high-speed chases, and encounters with non-compliant individuals. We promise, you'll gain a whole new perspective on the challenges and rewards of police work.As we sip on our adult beverages of choice and reminisce about our own experiences as former officers, we dive into the emotional toll that comes with the territory. From the exhilaration of saving lives to the crushing weight of dealing with serious injuries, fatalities and everything in between, we share our personal stories that are as raw and real as they get. And when we're not grappling with the somber reality of our profession, we're discussing how to handle dogs in the line of duty, a topic that is as complex as it is relevant to law enforcement.Our conversation takes a turn towards the importance of mental well-being for officers, the media's portrayal of law enforcement, and issues of ethics in the field. With inputs from Suresh and our own experiences, we confront the sacrifices and dedication that define those in law enforcement. So, are you ready to delve into a world that's as rewarding as it is challenging? Then, this episode is for you. Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the men and women who risk it all to keep us safe.Thank you to our sponsor: Insight LPR, if you're in the market for the greatest night time license plate readers, I recommend these guys. Go to InsightLPR.com and tell them Two Cops One Donut sent yaSupport the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Blue Line LIVE: Insights into Policing, Tactical Decisions, and the Human Side of Law Enforcement
Nov 20 2023
Behind the Blue Line LIVE: Insights into Policing, Tactical Decisions, and the Human Side of Law Enforcement
Send us a Text Message.This was a live recording, not the normal podcast.  You may have to watch from our YouTube to get the full value out of this episode. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in law enforcement? Join us for an exciting adventure through the realities of policing with our revered guests, Suresh Madhavan from 221b Tactical and Deputy Banning Sweatland from Texas. As we navigate through the current global state, we get real with how it impacts law enforcement, sprinkling in personal experiences, tactical gear discussions, and a dash of whiskey appreciation. Suresh, a decorated officer, shares his journey from the force to making tactical gear, while Deputy Sweatland talks about how one such product, the Right-A-Dry Vest, changed the game for him. We don't stop there. We are embarking on a journey of the mind as we dissect high-stress situations that officers face daily. From analyzing body cam footage of a heated shooting situation to a seemingly simple traffic stop that turns violent, we shed light on the tactical decisions and rapid responses required in these encounters. And, let's not forget the McDonald's incident where officers had to deal with a group of defiant kids. Through these discussions, we hope to impart a deeper understanding of the tactical, strategic, and, dare we say, 'human' side of law enforcement. To lighten the mood, we welcome first-time guest Eric into our podcasting fold. We exchange stories, engage in friendly banter, and discuss the future of our podcast. This episode is not just about the trials and tribulations of law enforcement but also about bridging the gap of understanding and communication. So, join us as we tread through the realities of policing, one body cam footage at a time. Whether you're a part of the force or a curious civilian, this episode promises to offer valuable insights and a few laughs along the way.Thank you to our sponsor Insight LPR, visit InsightLPR.com for all your license plate reader needs! Tell them we sent ya. Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
From Navy Air Traffic Controller to Business Owner: The Inspiring Journey of Veteran Kristen Costlow
Nov 2 2023
From Navy Air Traffic Controller to Business Owner: The Inspiring Journey of Veteran Kristen Costlow
Send us a Text Message.Get prepared to embark on a captivating adventure as we explore the extraordinary journey of Kristen Costlow, a Navy vet turned photographer and podcast host. Join us as we navigate through her intense training at the Navy Air Traffic Controller School, where she earned her stripes amidst rigorous tests, academic review boards, and the constant pressure to maintain a high GPA. Dive into the nitty-gritty details of how duty stations are assigned, and gain insight into the hierarchy within the class.Hold on tight as we traverse through Kristen's time in the Navy - her battles and victories in a male-dominated field, the mentors who guided her, and the unique experiences that shaped her. The journey continues on to dry land where Kristen found a new calling as a photographer and podcast host, using her skills to connect with other veterans.Prepare to be moved by Kristen's unforgettable anecdotes from her Navy days - the laughter, the punishments, and the heartwarming camaraderie. Experience life at sea through her eyes, from securing furniture during tumultuous weather to participating in a shellback ceremony, a time-honored seafaring tradition. Round off this voyage with a sneak peek into Kristen's interactions with the captain, her participation in man overboard drills, and the tale of how she cracked her superior's stern exterior. Buckle up for an episode that celebrates a trailblazing woman's journey through challenging barriers and into our hearts.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Braving Gun Trafficking and Pistol Brace Regulations: A Conversation with Retired ATF Agents
Oct 26 2023
Braving Gun Trafficking and Pistol Brace Regulations: A Conversation with Retired ATF Agents
Send us a Text Message.Get ready to unlock the secrets of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with our extraordinary guests, Sean Holbin and Donald Serrano! These retired ATF special agents take us on a thrilling journey through their illustrious careers, from braving the streets of Detroit and North Lane to tackling gun trafficking in the Windy City. Venture into the intricate labyrinth of law enforcement, investigating the challenges of pistol brace regulation, and the debut of groundbreaking tools designed to ensnare criminals. With a vivid retelling of their field experiences and a deep dive into their unique case-building methodologies, Sean and Don transport us into the heart of ATF's most complex investigations. As they unravel the power of data integration in modern law enforcement, we get an insider's view into their indispensable partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies that help rid the streets of the most dangerous criminals.Also, brace yourself for a robust debate around the contentious issues of firearms, ghost guns, and the fine line between a pistol brace and a regular stock. Sean and Don articulate the role of ATF in the broader gun law debate and highlight the looming problem of illicit firearm modifications. As the grand finale, they reveal their revolutionary approach to crime-solving post-retirement - Evidence IQ - a game-changing tool that is redefining the future of crime intelligence analysis. But it's not all serious business; Sean and Don also treat us to a healthy dose of law enforcement humor, adding a dash of lightness to this compelling conversation.Support the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut
Behind the Badge and Mic: Exploring Law Enforcement's Social Media Secrets
Oct 12 2023
Behind the Badge and Mic: Exploring Law Enforcement's Social Media Secrets
Send us a Text Message.Join us for an eye-opening episode where we delve into the world of law enforcement's social media strategies. Our guest, Deputy Sheriff and podcaster Tyler from the AntiHero podcast, shares his insights as we explore the intriguing realm of the Instagram page, 'Two Cops. One Donut Police Post,' known for its critique of law enforcement tactics in active shooter scenarios.We cover a wide range of topics, from the importance of good superviosors in police work to the mental challenges faced by first responders. Additionally, we unravel the mysteries of posse-style policing in Arizona and shed light on the often-unseen aspects of police work.Our conversation goes beyond the usual rhetoric, highlighting the challenges and rewards of serving in law enforcement. We stress the significance of continuous learning, mental preparedness, and the invaluable experience gained in navigating the complexities of the job.But that's not all! We also shift gears to explore the unique balance between policing and social media. From crafting intelligent content to using podcasts as a bridge between police and the community, we leave no stone unturned. As we embark on this exciting journey, we uncover the pivotal role of social media in modern policing and its influence on public perception.So, fasten your seatbelts and join us for an unforgettable ride behind the scenes of law enforcement, where we harness the power of social media to bridge the gap and connect with our communitySupport the Show.Please see our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/TwoCopsOneDonut