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Blue View by the 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...more

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Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 2]

Episode 32

September 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. ...

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Why'd You Stop Me? with Jason Lehman [PART 1]

Episode 31

September 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 ...

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When the Towers Fell and the Years Since with Mike Essig

Episode 30

September 09, 2022

When the Towers Fell and the Years Since with Mike Essig

September 11th, 2001 is a day that will never be forgotten. On that day, 2,977 Americans were killed in a series of horrific terrorist attacks. Thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders would die in the ensuing years because of their exposure to toxic substances they faced at ground zero. The attacks had a profound impact on American law enforcement, from forcing many state and local agencies to shift their priorities to being the catalyst behind the formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Mike Essig, president of the New York State FOP Lodge. Mike has over 30 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as a Deputy Sheriff in Rockland County in its Anti-Terrorist Analytical Group.   00:00 – Intro 00:46 – About Mike Essig 04:21 – When the Towers Fell 11:20 – The Years Since 18:52 – There is a Human Toll 25:03 – The New York State FOP Remembers 31:05 – Final Thoughts ...

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Leveraging Diversity to Overcome Adversity with Robert Gaddy

Episode 29

August 31, 2022

Leveraging Diversity to Overcome Adversity with Robert Gaddy

Leveraging the diversity of this great nation has become an important aspect of running a successful law enforcement agency. When members of the public believe their law enforcement organizations represent them, understand them, and respond to them; and when communities perceive authorities as fair, legitimate, and accountable, it enhances trust in law enforcement and instills public confidence in government.  On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Robert Gaddy, a captain with the North Carolina Central University Police Department and the current state lodge vice president. With over 25 years of law enforcement experience, Robert is a career veteran with expert skills in tactical law enforcement, drug interdiction, and narcotics and criminal investigations. Robert’s FOP journey started in 1995 when he joined the Durham Police Department as a police recruit. Since then, he has served his local and state lodge in multiple positions. Nationally, Robert currently serves as the National Diversity Committee Chairman. ...

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How to Heal a Divided Community with Reverend Markel Hutchins | Blue View Podcast

Episode 28

August 25, 2022

How to Heal a Divided Community with Reverend Markel Hutchins | Blue View Podcast

Community engagement is a guiding principle that seeks to develop strong ties and relationships in a community between law enforcement and the people they have sworn to protect. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Reverend Markel Hutchins, a long-time activist, human and civil rights leader, professional speaker, and a friend to the FOP. Reverend Hutchins has led numerous movements on behalf of humanitarian causes over the course of a two-decade career. He has earned a reputation as an advocate for fairness and equality. Reverend Hutchins is one of the senior leaders behind the Faith & Blue initiative. Pat and Markel discuss the importance of developing strong ties between communities and law enforcement, while also highlighting some of the projects that the Faith & Blue initiative has been working on with the FOP. ...

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The Data: Tracking Police Officers Shot in the Line of Duty with Tim Richardson and Mark McDonald

Episode 27

August 17, 2022

The Data: Tracking Police Officers Shot in the Line of Duty with Tim Richardson and Mark McDonald

Last year was one of the most dangerous years for law enforcement in recent history due to the increase of violence directed towards law enforcement officers. In 2021, 346 officers were shot in the line of duty, 63 of whom were killed by gunfire. This included 133 officers who were shot in 107 ambush-style attacks—an increase of 115% from 2020. Thirty-two of those officers ambushed were killed. Despite all of this, coupled with the nationwide crime crisis fueled by rogue prosecutors and the COVID-19 pandemic, the brave men and women of law enforcement continued to hold the line. They worked tirelessly to protect the communities they serve; they stood between good and evil. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Tim Richardson, Senior Legislative Liaison, and Mark McDonald, Legislative Liaison, from the National FOP’s Government and Media Affairs Center to discuss the recently published 2021 Year-End Summary Law Enforcement Officers Shot in the Line of Duty report and dive in to how this data is collected and the trends we are seeing across the country. ...

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