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Today we're bringing back Matt Domyancic; he's a former LEO and a police chaplain in California and was previously a guest on episode number 018.  I was eager to bring him back to talk about "patrol chaplaincy," a term we're using here to describe the chaplaincy work specifically focused on the wellness of the rank and file in law enforcement.  Today we talk about competing styles of police chaplaincy and why this particular approach which we are advocating is needs to be given more attention.This episode looks at some of the failures of chaplaincy; it might even address the reason why your agency used to have chaplains years ago but doesn't anymore.  I hope this episode challenges and inspires men and women to do the hard work of a patrol chaplain.Matt's previous appearance, Episode 018: https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9783215-018-officer-wellness-matt-domyancic-tactical-chaplainSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen and also by Winking Fox MusicHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 034
In this special bonus episode, you will hear an interview I did this year with a podcaster from the UK. This is NOT a paid advertisement of any kind, rather it is an episode worth hearing from a podcast that I believe is worth your time. The next voice you hear will be Claire Sandys from the silent Why podcast, which is a fantastic show about different kinds of grief and loss.  Everyone will suffer a loss of some sort, sooner or later, and The Silent Why is easily the best podcast I know to help you work through that and come out the other side stronger.  The Silent Why podcast was also mentioned in Episode 030: https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/10677206-030-murder-investigation-teams-steven-keogh-scotland-yardFind the Silent Why here: https://www.thesilentwhy.comSubscribe/Follow Hey Chaplain here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYIntro Music is by the Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 10
There is an entire field of investigation that focuses solely on the body of the deceased, how to identify them and how to determine the cause and manner of death.  A lot of this work happens at the Medical Examiners office.  So today we're talking to Shaun Hachinsky, the Deputy Chief Investigator at the Jackson County ME's Office, in Kansas City, Missouri.Shaun is going to explain what a medical investigator is and what a coroner/medical examiner does. He'll also explain why some deceased get an autopsy and some don't and answer what happens when a body can't be identified.This episode, obviously, is going to be talking about death and dead bodies.  It's probably not bad enough to get content advisory but I want to encourage you to make a deliberate decision to stick with this episode.  First of all, Shaun sheds a lot of light on processes and procedures a lot of us don't know about but, secondly, I want to encourage you to not shy away from difficult topics like death.Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen and also by Winking Fox MusicHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 033
Today we're talking about use of force and the experience of going through a critical incident where force is used.  These areas are regularly misunderstood by outsiders.  So one of my goals here is for you to hear use of force explained to an outsider like me so that you can better explain it when you're on the hot seat and someone is asking you why did that cop used such and such level of force.  My guest is Captain Keith Falkner.  I picked him because he has quite a bit of personal experience with critical incidents and also because he helps train officers in our department on the use of force.  Listen closely as Keith sprinkles in a bit of his own firsthand experience right after a violent encounter and shares wisdom about how much to involve your family in the healing process.My Previous Interview with Keith: https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/8880327-006-read-to-lead-keith-falknerSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen and also by Winking Fox MusicHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 032
In this episode you'll hear stories about the rescue of children.  When a first responder encounters a child in danger it can be some of the most emotionally taxing work he or she will ever do.  It's so emotionally charged that we sometimes want to avoid even talking about it.  But let me encourage you to brace yourself and listen to these firsthand accounts.  These are the good guys doing good work to save the lives of the most innocent among us.This episode is a compilation of interviews, an oral history of life in law enforcement.  Contributing to this episode are J. Bauer, P. Bowman, N. Dempkowski, G. Dorsett, R. Miller, J. Stewart, and J. Sutterby.Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 9
Today we're talking to a pair of forensic nurses.  Their names are Morgan and Sarah and they are the Forensic Nurses in a two different hospitals in the Midwest.  A forensic nurse has special training to examine victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes.  It takes a tremendous amount of professional skill, empathy, and personal resiliency to do this day after day and also, apparently, a wonderfully dark sense of humor.Make sure you catch how these nurses approach the victims of violent crime, the type of victim they find the most difficult to face, and their relationship to local law enforcement, including a couple of really funny cop stories that you won't want to miss.Please be warned: this episode contains limited, clinical discussion of sexual assault and human anatomy.  Listener discretion is advised.Links and resources:Morgan & Sarah's podcast, Do I Make You Uncomfortable?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/do-i-make-you-uncomfortable/id1510771771Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen and also by Winking Fox MusicHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 031
Today we're talking to a recently retired detective from Scotland Yard, former Detective Inspector Steve Keogh.  Steve spent 30 years working as a cop in London, much of that as a detective investigating murders and other violent crime, as well as the first suicide bombings in the UK.  Steve's passion was solving murders by understanding the mindset and patterns of a killer and he continues to teach the lessons to people around the world.  Today Steve explains what Scotland Yard is and shows us why it's synonymous with world class detectives.  Make sure you catch the TV show that first inspired him to find his calling, the effect on him from working two weeks straight on a suicide bombing in London, and the advice Steve gives regarding your law enforcement career and emotional well being.Links and resources:Steven Keogh's book, Murder Investigation Team: How Scotland Yard Really Catches Killers, will be re-launched by his new publisher this Fall!  I'll update this space when we get more information.Steve's website: https://murderacademy.comChris & Claire Sandys, the Silent Why podcast: https://www.thesilentwhy.comSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 030
On this show, you'll hear people from across the whole spectrum of law enforcement talk about officer wellness: from dispatchers and federal agents, to Sheriffs and US Marshals, as well as local detectives and patrolmen in my hometown of Kansas City.  From the LAPD to Scotland Yard, "Hey Chaplain" delivers advice and insights so that police officers everywhere can survive and thrive.   My desire is that this podcast will be useful to both officers and their loved ones, as well as to other first responder chaplains, who minister to those who serve.If you want to reach out to me, follow the link to the Hey Chaplain facebook page.  It's already been a great way for listeners to contact me and give me feedback.  Who knows, maybe you have that hard-earned experience that could save the life or marriage of an officer halfway across the world.Hey Chaplain page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hey-Chaplain-Podcast-103865705279275Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 000.2
This episode marks the beginning of our second year so I wanted to go back and do a little follow up with some of my past guests.  In this episode we talk about promotions, bag pipes, when to leave law enforcement, and much more.  If you missed a guest's original episode, follow the link here in the show notes.Links and resources:Gregg Dorsett, Ep 004:  https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/8786934-004-paramedic-to-swat-gregg-dorsettDustin Dierenfeldt, Ep 009:  https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9087767-009-line-of-duty-death-teresa-gallegos-dustin-dierenfeldt-c-o-p-sGinger Passarelli, Ep 010:  https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9140893-010-serving-up-love-ginger-passarelli-the-soup-ladiesRJ Ashley, Ep 017:  https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9700432-017-pipe-band-rodney-ashley-jim-higginsManny DeLeon, Ep 021:  https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/10002036-021-a-calm-voice-in-the-dark-manuel-deleonSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 029
We are joined again by Law Enforcement Chaplain Debra Fontes from Sacramento, California.  Debra previously talked to us about Moral Injury in Episode 020 and today she tells us all about Police Week: the memorials, the vigils, the compassion and the camaraderie that sees police and the families of fallen officers come together at the local, state, and national level each May. We talk about what happens during police week and why it's helpful to participate in these ceremonies.  Don't miss Debra's insights on the role of a chaplain during the grieving process.Episode 020 - What is Moral Injury: https://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9883829-020-what-is-moral-injury-debra-fontesSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by the WesterliesHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 8
Today we're talking about a program to take veterans and first responders to the ocean and teach them how to surf.  It's an organization called SWEL and it was created by a an experienced cop who saw the value in surfing to promote health and wellness for other first responders.  His name is Rob Sanderson and he dropped by my office with a huge smile on his face to talk about these trips, where he and his team guide officers through a weekend of decompression, good food, surfing, and peer support that's hard to match.Links and resources:SWEL: https://www.theswel.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSWELmissionInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/theswelmission/Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 028
How do you do a ride along?  Today we talk to Jeremiah Holcomb, a new chaplain who just completed his first ride along.  Ride alongs are all about building the relationship between the chaplain and police officers.  It's perhaps the best way for chaplains to genuinely experience their world, increasing understanding and building rapport and trust.The Ride Along Tips I messaged to Jeremiah:Try to do the whole shift.Ask about the first aid kit in the car, if the officer carries a tourniquet (& where), other safety equipmentWhen asking questions and making conversation, be aware the cop is also listening to the radioTell the officer you'll obey their commands; at most you'll provide another set of eyes.When an officer knocks on a door, stand where you can see two sides of the house.Don't touch anything, but you can point things out.Don't be a distraction if at all possible; stay in the car, or at least out of the way, during traffic stops - some cops hate ride alongs because they are distracted taking care of the civilian's safetyDon't promise citizens anything because you don't know for sureSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 7
Today we're talking to Suzie Sawyer, the founder of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS).  She tells us how as a law enforcement spouse in the 1970's and later, she took charge and met a need that law enforcement culture was failing to do on its own.  With her great sense of humor and purpose, she relates the inspirational story of how she built an organization from scratch that would memorialize fallen officers and take care of their widows and families.Listen to how law enforcement leadership made the wrong assumptions about grieving families.  And don't miss what Suzie identifies as the biggest obstacle to concerns of police survivors doing this good work.Links and resources:Maryland C.O.P.S.  www.mdcops.orgNational C.O.P.S. www.nationalcops.orgSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Episode 027
This episode reveals a previously unheard portion of our interview with David Renfro, from Episode 016.  Today he talks about the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).  The United States Army Criminal Investigation Division is a federal law enforcement agency within the Army which investigates felonies and provides Secret Service-like VIP protection on and off the battlefield.We're also joined by Matt Rayburn, another veteran of Army CID who worked with David and explains further about the mission of CID.Hear David's previous episode Episode 016 - The Feds You've Never Heard Of: David Renfro, TIGTAhttps://heychaplain.buzzsprout.com/1792621/9604789-016-the-feds-you-ve-never-heard-of-david-renfro-tigtaSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen and also by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 026
GK Chesterton said, “A clergyman may be apparently as useless as a cat, but he is also as fascinating, for there must be some strange reason for his existence.”  So if you're confused about what a chaplain is or what a chaplain does, join the crowd! Today we look at some of the misunderstandings police have about chaplains. Co-hosting the show is Captain Joe Grasela, who reads the submissions of chaplains from around the country.Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris HaugenHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 6
Helping others may be the calling on your life but it comes at a cost.  There is a condition called compassion fatigue, or sometimes secondary traumatization, where the emotional strain of working with those who have been traumatized begins to accumulate and affect our health.  Basically, helping others builds up a residue which, if not dealt with in a healthy way, can hurt the helper.Today we're talking to Richard Hartman, who is the lead chaplain at the Fort Wayne Police Department.  He discusses his role there supporting officers and as the pastor at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and how after years of active service, compassion fatigue set in.  Listen to how it affected him and how he describes physical and emotional symptoms. Chaplain Hartman is a good example of someone overcoming compassion fatigue but make sure you note how long it took and the many ways that you can battle this condition before it becomes a health crisis for you.Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio Library and by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 025
Today we're talking about the difficult subject of money.  A key component of officer wellness is financial wellness.  But many officers find themselves stuck in the overtime cycle, working an unholy number of hours, just to stay afloat, just to pay the monthly bills.  Financial stress leads to a host of other problems which can then snowball out of control, leading to all kinds of pain and heartache.Our guest today is Nick Daugherty, the president and owner of FinancialCop.  Nick has taught thousands of cops and first responders how to get out of debt and attain financial freedom.  Today I'm asking him for his Top 3 Money Moves for Law Enforcement Officers.Resources:FinancialCop.comSubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio Library and by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 024
This shouldn't surprise anyone but cops want to catch bad guys.  And when I talk to cops they routinely tell war stories describing how they ran someone down, wrestled them into submission, and heroically made the arrest.  Naturally, these fights occupy a lot of headspace.  Officers spend a lot of time training for it, they carry equipment, on their person, everyday for different levels of confrontation, and every time it happens, they risk serious injury or worse.  I'm getting a good number of these stories in my collection and I want to share a sampling of some of these fights and some of the experience that surrounds it.In this episode you'll hear stories about foot pursuits and wrestling people who are on drugs.  And you'll definitely hear the excitement of being in a fight, the rush of adrenaline, and fulfillment of an officer's purpose to apprehend the bad guy.  As exciting and even frightening as these fights can be, fighting discouragement can be just as challenging.  So stay tuned to the end, where an officer reflects on why they do what they do.  This episode is a compilation of interviews, an oral history of life in law enforcement.  Contributing to the episode are J. Bauer, M. Boczek, D. Bond, P. Bowman, N. Dempkowski, G. Dorsett, R. Miller, and J. Stewart.Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio LibraryHey Chaplain Podcast Bonus Episode 5
Today I'm talking to Major Ryan Miller from the Overland Park Kansas Police Department.  Ryan just returned home a few months ago from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  The National Academy is an executive leadership training program for law enforcement professionals and Ryan is going to give us a look inside to see what the "NA" is all about.Listen to what he says about the selection process, the weekend field trips, what an average day of classes looks like, and the physical fitness tests and requirements.   You will especially want to hear about the famous "yellow brick road" obstacle course.If you think your career might take you to top levels of law enforcement leadership, the FBI National Academy might be part of your preparations for that goal.Resources:The FBI National Academy site: https://www.fbi.gov/services/training-academy/national-academySubscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio Library and by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 023
Today I want to share with you the story of Doug Monda.  Doug was a Florida cop who, after being injured, suddenly had the weight of the job collapse in on him, driving him to despair and, eventually, to putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger.  Doug survived and today he walks us through his compelling story, how he survived, and how he then wanted to build a program that would be better than the mental health journey he went through.Doug now runs a nationally recognized non-profit that helps first responders navigate mental health challenges.  His goal is to teach cops how to survive first.Warning:  This episode contains discussion of suicide attempts.  Listener discretion is advised.Resources:Survive First –  www.survivefirst.usNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255Copline – 1-800-267-5463Emergencies (in the United States) – 911Subscribe/Follow here:Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hey-chaplain/id1570155168Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2CGK9A3BmbFEUEnx3fYZOYMusic is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio Library and by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 022
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