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Ep 30: Technology and The Future of Policing w/ Nick Ashton

It’s no secret that times are tense right now, especially in the United States. In the wake of a year that saw a pandemic sweep across the country, along with racial tensions, not to mention a contentious election, tensions are high. And few places highlight that tension more than the public attitudes towards law enforcement.…

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Ep 29: Women in Firefighting: The Frametown Story w/ Scotty Dunlap

It’s no secret that in most of the country, firefighting is a largely male-dominated occupation. In fact, nationally women compromise only 11% of the volunteer fire service. But not so in Frametown, West Virginia. In fact, in Frametown, the volunteer fire service is nearly 60% composed of females.  This caught the attention of our guest…

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Ep 28: A Transformational Policing Model Based on Community & Education w/ Dr. Tommy Tunson

Imagine that you were stopped as a robbery suspect by the police as a teenager. They beat you up, called you the N-word, and took you to jail without booking you. How likely are you to commit your life to law enforcement? I was recently joined on Pinpoint by Dr. Tommy Tunson, Director of Public…

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Ep 27: Counterterrorism with Minimal Use of Force w/ Dr. Ahmet Yayla

Arrest a teen, and you instantly prime his family members for radicalization and terrorist recruitment.  It’s not because they believe in a radical ideology; it’s because they love their families.  Recruitment is a process. The question facing us, then, is, how can we interrupt that process and decrease the numbers of new recruits into terrorist…

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Ep 26: Law Enforcement & Mental Health w/ Carrie Steiner

We can all agree that mental health is important.  Today, more than ever, it seems like mental health is being pushed to the foreground in a lot of conversations.  Major companies all over the world are offering their employees subscriptions to mental health resources, counseling, meditation apps, and even providing on-site meditation and mindfulness classes. …

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Ep 25: Drones & Public Safety w/ Romeo Durscher

Let’s talk about drones. It seems like these days (at least pre-COVID19,) you can’t go to a park or public event without seeing those buzzing things flying overhead.  They’re taking pictures & videos, & a lot of businesses are utilizing drones. Marketing agencies, sports leagues, real-estate firms, they’re all using drones.  But what about from…

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Ep 24: Measuring Implicit Bias with Virtual Reality w/ Dr. Rashawn Ray

1 in 5 officers report chronic stress. 1 in 6 officers report alcohol abuse. Yet 90% of officers don’t seek help for mental health. On a recent episode of Pinpoint, I interviewed Dr. Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park and David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institute.…

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Ep 23: Police Violence and Accountability w/ Seth Stoughton

Police leadership may view a legal use of force as upholding policy and the role of policing. Community members may consider it to be disproportionate. With 18,000 agencies in the United States, there can be starkly diverse perspectives about the same instance of a use of force. I had the chance to interview Seth Stoughton,…

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Podcast Extra: How Mark43 is Responding to COVID-19

COVID-19 has thrown the entire world a curveball. What used to be normal is no longer normal. What used to be acceptable is no longer acceptable. What used to get the job done no longer gets the job done.  And few industries have been thrown into more of a tailspin than the emergency responders.  They’re…

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Ep 22: 3 Keys to Crisis Communications That Bring Calm to the Chaos w/ Anthony Mangeri

What was it like to be one of the emergency managers responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center?  Well, Anthony Mangeri, who assisted with the coordination of New Jersey’s response to the attacks, came on the latest episode of the Pinpoint podcast to tell us all about it.  Anthony has over 30…

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