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Podcast: Training Contact Tracers to Combat COVID-19

Experts predict the U.S. needs 100,000 contact tracers to track down the contacts of positive coronavirus cases. In this episode, hear from epidemiologist Charlie Hunt about the critical role of contact tracers, the skills needed to be an effective contact tracer, and the challenges states face recruiting, hiring and training contact tracers during a pandemic.

Correcting Corrections Podcast: How IEPs Can Help Reform Inmates

In this podcast episode, Robert Hood, the former warden of the Supermax, discusses how his background as an educator inspired him to institute individualized education plans, or IEPs, and how he believes this strategy could be applied on a larger scale to help more inmates successfully reenter society.

On Veterans Day, Recognize the Challenges Veterans Face

By Leischen Stelter

Veterans Day is about recognizing the sacrifices made by those in the military, but it's also an opportunity to reflect on the unique challenges they face. Hear from these veterans about their experiences transitioning from the military to the civilian workforce.

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.