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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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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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Failed Experiments and the Revolving Door Criminal Justice System with Rafael Mangual

Episode 26

August 09, 2022

Failed Experiments and the Revolving Door Criminal Justice System with Rafael Mangual

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the election of rogue prosecutors and activist judges who have replaced the “public safety first” mindset with a very different and harmful agenda of reforming the system under the guise of social justice. Their failed policies have had drastic effects on our society, leading to an increase in violent crime in some of our most vulnerable communities.   On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Rafael Mangual, a Senior Fellow and Head of Research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the  @Manhattan Institute . Rafael is a contributing editor of the City Journal and has been featured in numerous publications and on several national and local television programs.   00:00 – Intro 00:45 – About Rafael Mangual 02:15 – Why is Crime Surging Across the Country? 10:20 – Rogue Prosecutors 16:41 – How Mass Decarceration Contributed to the Crime Crisis 23:32 – The Cost of Bail Reform 29:00 – Who Are the Victims of Crime 34:15 – Relationship Between Poverty and Violent Crime 38:11 – Where Do We Go From Here? 42:08 – Final Thoughts ...

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Policing North of the Border with Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis

Episode 25

August 02, 2022

Policing North of the Border with Canadian Police Association President Tom Stamatakis

The rule of law, policing and public service are key to a free society. Many of the issues we have been facing here in the United States are being felt by law enforcement around the world, including by our brothers and sisters in Canada.   On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Tom Stamatakis, President of the Canadian Police Association and Chairman of the International Council of Police Representative Associations, to discuss the CPA, cultural differences, challenges facing Canadian law enforcement, and the community engagement of police.   ICPRA was established to bring national police unions together to discuss police union issues, share information, and foster strong relationships between our national associations. Although we are from different countries, information sharing and networking benefit both our organizations through constructive dialogue, expertise, and shared experience.   00:00 – Intro 00:35 – About Tom Stamatakis 06:55 – Police Reform in the United States vs. Canada 15:42 – Demonization of Law Enforcement 24:20 – Police Leadership Needs to Lead 29:00 – Officer Recruitment Crisis 40:15 – The International Council: Sharing Information and Foster Relationships 46:25 – Final Thoughts ...

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ATF Deputy Director Marvin Richardson on Gun Violence and Ballistic Evidence

Episode 24

July 26, 2022

ATF Deputy Director Marvin Richardson on Gun Violence and Ballistic Evidence

From helping secure our border to apprehending a dangerous fugitive across state lines, the partnerships between federal law enforcement and their state and local counterparts are critical to keeping the nation and its citizens safe. On this episode of the Blue View, we’re joined by ATF Deputy Director Marvin Richardson, who has been the highest-ranking official at ATF for the past few years. As Acting Director, he led more than 5,000 employees and oversaw a budget of over $1 billion. The ATF’s responsibilities include the investigation and prevention of federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives; acts of arson and bombings; and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. Having worked at the ATF for over 30 years, Deputy Director Richardson is a strong advocate for our brothers and sisters at the ATF and throughout our federal family. He understands the challenges of our profession and is here today to discuss the work of the ATF and the important ways that the agency supports our state and local law enforcement. ...

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