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Discussing Mental Health Issues in the Firehouse

By Leischen Stelter

Mental health is not a topic many firefighters talk about, but in this podcast a fire captain shares how he started the conversation in his firehouse. Hear about how he's built an informal peer-support program and why he fully endorses professional counseling. 

The Role of Forensic Evidence in the Atlanta Child Murders

By Leischen Stelter

Starting in 1979, at least 28 children, adolescents, and adults were murdered during a two-year period in Atlanta, Georgia. In this podcast, Jon Hager, who spent 16 years as death investigator, discusses the forensic evidence that convicted the murderer.

How Officers Can Help Prosecutors Convict Domestic Violence Perpetrators

By Leischen Stelter

Scot DuFour is an investigator in a domestic violence prosecutions unit for a district attorney's office in Colorado. In this podcast, he shares what steps officers should take every time they respond to a domestic violence call to help convict perpetrators in court.

Counseling Can Help Strengthen the Family Unit

By Leischen Stelter

First responder stress affects the entire family, including children. On this episode of the In Public Safety Matters podcast, a professional therapist explains how first responder families can benefit from counseling and how they can get the most out of the experience.

What De-Escalation Techniques Work Best to Help Officers Diffuse Volatile Situations?

By Leischen Stelter

Many law enforcement agencies are now teaching officers how to de-escalate and diffuse volatile situations without using force. In this podcast, a 20-year veteran officer discusses what de-escalation techniques worked best for him, as well as their potential impact on officer safety.

Using DNA and Genealogy Databases to Solve Cold Cases

By Leischen Stelter

When law enforcement used a genetic genealogy database to identify the Golden State Killer, did it open a door to solving other cold cases? In this podcast, find out why the answer is not so simple and why agencies face many challenges with this investigative technique.

Why Every EMS Agency Should Use an Incident Command System

By Leischen Stelter

An incident command system (ICS) can help establish proper command in a chaotic situation, even when multiple agencies respond. On this episode of the In Public Safety Matters podcast, find out how one agency adopted a modified ICS model to meet their needs.