March 29, 2022
When Disaster Strikes, COPS Help COPS | Jason Smith + Rob Pride + Shawn Helbig
When disaster strikes a community in our nation, our first responders spring into action without hesitation. What is often overlooked is that they too are victims of the disaster. It is these everyday first responders who are called to action to bring safety, security and peace to a chaotic situation. What many don't realize is the families of these first responders are also facing challenges and damaged property, which can distract them from achieving their public safety mission. That is where the National FOP Foundation steps in. Volunteers with the FOP Disaster Area Response Team (DART) provide hot meals and remediation work on first responders' homes so they can stay on the job and focus on stabilizing their communities. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Jason Smith, Chairman of the National FOP DART Committee to talk about the FOP’s commitment to support first responders in communities ravaged by natural or man-made disasters.They were joined by Rob Pride, Chairman of the National FOP Board of Trustees, and Shawn Helbig, Kentucky FOP National Trustee, both of whom shared their first-hand experience with the National FOP's DART response to their communities following the 2021 Western Kentucky tornado and the 2022 Colorado wildfires. ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ WATCH THIS EPISODE (Youtube @GLFOP) ➡️ https://youtu.be/nYU2Gc-ye8w ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ Jason Smith serves as the Chairman of the National FOP DART Committee and previously served as the President of the Oklahoma State FOP. He started his career in law enforcement as a Deputy Sheriff with the Payne County Sheriff's Office in 1996. Prior to his retirement, Jason served as Chief of Police with the Anadarko Police Department and ...
March 22, 2022
If You Want to Be a Criminal, Come to Philadelphia | John McNesby
The “City of Brotherly Love” has been anything but in recent years. In 2021 Philadelphia made history for the number of homicides, with 562. While the rise in crime has alarmed many, there are some who have attempted to dismiss it. Across the country, rogue prosecutors are making sweet-heart deals with violent criminals. Unfortunately, Philadelphia has fallen victim to the failed pro-criminal policies of District Attorney Larry Krasner. Despite the mounting challenges they face, the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department go to work every day to serve and protect their communities. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with John McNesby, President of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, to discuss the current state of affairs in Philadelphia, the deadly consequences of a rogue prosecutor, and the dangers facing the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department. ***NOTE: This episode was recorded on 3 March 2022*** ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ WATCH THIS EPISODE ➡️ https://youtu.be/ZYIbij7A4FE ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ 00:00 - Intro 00:50 - About John McNesby 02:00 - How Dangerous Has Philadelphia Become? 03:15 - Rogue Prosecutors Dismiss Crime Crisis 06:55 - Who's Speaking On Behalf of the Victims? 08:50 - Growing Danger for Law Enforcement 11:40 - Protecting and Serving 15:40 - Handcuffing the Police 20:55 - Looming Crisis 26:00 - Closing ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ John McNesby is the President of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5. He first joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1989, working as a patrolman and later a narcotics officer in the East Division. After years working the beat, in 2007, McNesby ran and won a race for president, beginning a tenure that’s been cloaked in success: steady pay increases, healthy benefits packages, and more. ⬛️ ...
March 15, 2022
Public Servants | Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
They are the ones who are born with the remarkable desire to serve and protect their community or country. It is a calling ingrained in them. Every day, law enforcement officers wake up, put their uniform on and leave their loved ones behind to go out in their community, not sure if they will be coming back home. Now, more than ever, the law enforcement community needs the full support of our communities and elected officials. In this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Representative Abigail Spanberger, from the 7th Congressional District of Virginia, to discuss her tireless work on Capitol Hill to ensure that law enforcement officers and their families receive what they have rightfully earned and deserve. ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ WATCH THIS EPISODE ➡️ https://youtu.be/gm_GdbcMyMs ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ 00:00 - Intro 01:08 - About Abigail Spanberger 02:40 - Navigating the Waters 06:50 - Fighting for Fairness 18:35 - COPS on the Beat 24:03 - A Looming Crisis 32:04 - Final Thoughts ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger is proud to represent the people of Virginia's Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House. Abigail’s career has been defined by public service — first serving as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, working money laundering and narcotics cases. She then served at home and abroad as a CIA case officer, focusing on counterterrorism and nonproliferation efforts. Following her time at CIA, Abigail worked in the private sector, helping colleges and universities diversify their student bodies and increase graduation rates. First elected to the U.S. House in 2018, Abigail serves on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee and the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. She is also Vice Chair of the bipartisan Problem ...
March 08, 2022
This Is About Fairness | Congressman Rodney Davis
“Fairness” – a concept that our society treasures; something that we, as law enforcement officers, value. American’s plan and prepare for retirement years by investing a retirement benefit. But, for millions of public employees, police, firemen, teachers, and others, that planning means that if you have paid into both a public pension system and also met the necessary quarters to qualify for Social Security benefits, you will be penalized. Although we paid for these benefits, the social security rules could result in a reduction of social security benefits. The “Windfall Elimination Provision” (WEP) and the “Government Pension Offset” (GPO) in current Social Security law cut or eliminate the earned benefits of more than two million retirees. This provision has created a very real inequity for many public employees, particularly law enforcement officers, who retire earlier than other government employees due to the demands placed on them both physically and mentally… and often begin second careers. The provision cuts as much as 60% from the Social Security benefit. A benefit that they have paid for, just as other Americans. Keeping what you earned and deserving nothing if it isn't earned – that’s “fair.” One of the FOP’s Top Priorities is H.R. 82, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” which would repeal both the WEP and GPO. This is an issue of fairness, as these public employees are unfairly penalized under current law. It is critical to have strong allies in Congress, especially those who working to address the most pressing issues facing America’s law enforcement community. Today, we’re joined by one of the leading sponsors for the bill, Representative Rodney Davis, from Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Representative Davis has been fighting for our ...
March 01, 2022
Who’s Fighting for America’s Law Enforcement? | Joe Gamaldi + James Smallwood
It seems that overnight, the 800,000 men and women who protect our community every day went from public servants to public enemies. As politicians and the media demonize law enforcement officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, the largest and oldest labor organization, is standing up for our law enforcement officers every day. America’s heroes, our law enforcement officers, deserve an organization that fights for them. On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with National Vice President Joe Gamaldi and National Treasurer James Smallwood to discuss how the Fraternal Order of Police is speaking up and fighting for our members, especially during one of the most dangerous times for law enforcement. The Fraternal Order of Police is the Number One Voice of America’s Law Enforcement Officers. ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ WATCH THIS EPISODE ➡️ https://youtu.be/wcw0C4Eq7NU ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ The Blue View is a weekly podcast presented by the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). We are the world’s oldest and largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 364,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. Make sure to tune in each week to hear from the country's top law enforcement experts, elected officials, and other notable leaders as they'll share their perspective and insight into the issues facing America's law enforcement. SUBSCRIBE: Blue View Podcast ➡️ https://blue-view.castos.com/ Apple Podcasts ➡️ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blue-view-by-the-fraternal-order-of-police-fop/id1609211746 Spotify ➡️ https://open.spotify.com/show/3OZzhTEcwf3e2y0sPqdsew Amazon ➡️ https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/aad56de4-4a9a-46d2-a71f-ba46ea487797/blue-view-by-the-fraternal-order-of-police-fop ...
February 22, 2022
The Increase in Violence Against Law Enforcement | Joe Gamaldi and James Smallwood
As crime rates continue to rise across the country, the violence directed at law enforcement officers is skyrocketing. In just the first month of 2022, we saw the real-life consequences of and felt the immense pain caused by the recent surge in violent crime and the heinous acts of cowardly individuals whose sole motivation was to injure or kill a law enforcement officer. This past 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, the nationwide crime crisis fueled by rogue prosecutors, and the ongoing pandemic. Today, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with National Vice President Joe Gamaldi and National Treasurer James Smallwood to discuss the alarming increase in violence against the police as well as the consequences of the continued demonization of our law enforcement officers. Watch This Episode ➡️ https://youtu.be/dqksw_yj_Nk 00:00 - Start 01:19 - Opening 01:53 - 2021 Officers Shot and Killed 03:40 - The Increasing Danger 06:00 - Crime Crisis and Rogue Prosecutors 08:03 - How to Reverse Course 10:40 - 2022 Officers Shot and Killed 12:07 - Sounding the Alarm 15:33 - Final Thoughts ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ ⬛️ The Blue View is a weekly podcast presented by the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). We are the world’s oldest and largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 364,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. Make sure to tune in each week to hear from the country's top law enforcement experts, elected officials, and other notable leaders as they'll share their perspective and insight into the issues facing America's law enforcement. SUBSCRIBE: Blue View Podcast ➡️ https://blue-view.castos.com/ Apple Podcasts ➡️ https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/blue-view-by-the-fraternal-order-of-police-fop/id1609211746 Spotify ➡️ https://open.spotify.com/show/3OZzhTEcwf3e2y0sPqdsew Amazon ➡️ ...