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Courageous Leadership with Travis Yates Podcast examines what it means to be a Courageous Police Leader. Join us weekly as the concepts of Courageous Leadership are detailed along with interviews with influencers that are committed to leading with courage. You can find out more about Courageous Police Leadership at: www.TravisYates.org
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When courage under fire translates from the battlefield to the streets, retired police captain and U.S. Army veteran Michael Howell steps into our studio to talk life, leadership, and the split-second decisions that make all the difference. Michael takes us behind the scenes of the Lakewood church shooting with a critical eye on the response, the i…
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Have you ever stood at a crossroads, principles in one hand, the easy path in the other? In this episode, we tackle the silent crisis afflicting today’s society: a dire need for courage among leaders. Courage that demands we stand grounded in our convictions, regardless of the tremors that threaten our professional and personal worlds. Through our …
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When the rules of engagement change on the streets, what happens to the guardians keeping the peace? Sean Willoughby, president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, steps into the spotlight to shed light on the stark realities of police reform under DOJ consent decrees. Through Sean's lens, we uncover the consequences these changes have …
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Join Travis Yates and his distinguished guest, retired assistant Chief Brian Baxter, for a deep and engaging discussion on the essence of leadership and trust within the law enforcement community. Brian, with over three decades at the Texas Department of Public Safety and founder of Performance Critical Inc., shares his invaluable insights and expe…
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Discover a transformative perspective on leadership as former police officer Chad is trailblazing path through his performance coaching and desire to see leadership in law enforcement improve. Venturing beyond his book, "The Holy Trinity of Successful and Healthy Police Organizations," Chad illuminates the essence of profound leadership and persona…
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Discover the secrets to financial freedom as Lamonte "Monty" Bynum, a Marine Corps veteran and retired law enforcement professional joins Travis Yates on this riveting episode that breaks the mentality of impossible that many first responders have. Monty describes the mindset and the determination that provided financial success while he was workin…
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Hernando Arce brings more than just a keen eye for detail to our latest discussion; he carries the weight of truth from the frontlines of Texas border towns. As a citizen journalist, Hernando offers an unfiltered glimpse into the immigration crisis, painting a picture of leadership missteps and the real-world consequences for communities grappling …
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Discover the timeless principles of Stoic philosophy as Air Force veteran and law enforcement professional Bryce Lee joins us to unveil the nexus between ancient wisdom and modern courage. Through the lens of his own experiences and the discipline of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bryce illuminates the virtues of humility and emotional discipline – essential…
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Turk Gallagher isn't just another voice in the maze of law enforcement; he's a beacon of truth in a world where leadership can often falter in the face of adversity. Our latest conversation peels back the layers of command, revealing how a true leader must not only don the badge but also the mantle of responsibility with an authentic heart. Turk's …
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The How Many Stops Act legislation in New York City is the beginning of the end for effective policing in New York City. In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates discusses the recently approved legislation that's sparking fierce debate and concern for the future of the NYPD and community safety. In a move that's seen as both an attempt at accountability a…
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When former police officer and Air Force veteran Dr. Olivia Johnson speaks, her words carry the weight of experience and a heartfelt dedication to an issue that's as complex as it is urgent: police officer suicide. In a riveting conversation on the topic, we explore the landscape of law enforcement health through the lens of those who've walked the…
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Could the simple mistake of failing to press 'record' cost a police officer 15 years behind bars? Dr. Travis Yates challenges you to consider the harsh realities of a legislative proposal that's sparking debate across Tennessee. This episode delves into the murky waters of body camera legislation, where the line between accountability and draconian…
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Have you ever wondered what it takes to invigorate a community through leadership? Eureka County Under Sheriff Tyler Thomas joins us to share his groundbreaking work in organizing a leadership conference that is reshaping law enforcement culture for the better. This episode peels back the layers on how Tyler's small-town upbringing fueled his passi…
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Discover how federal consent decrees transform the landscape of law enforcement, with special guest Darrell Kriplean, President of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. We're taking a hard look at the often unseen consequences these legal instruments impose on police departments and the ripple effects felt within our communities. Prepare for a n…
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Travis is kicking off 2024 with a fascinating discussion with the writer and director of "The Fall of Minneapolis," Dr. J.C. Chaix. Dr. Chaix reveals the web of misconceptions surrounding strategic media and communication, particularly in light of the George Floyd incident. Dr. Chaix's work has exposed the unhealthy traits of leadership in our soci…
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When the Phoenix Police Department stood firm against the Department of Justice's consent decree, they didn't just shake the foundations of federal oversight—they may have redefined the future of American policing. This groundbreaking episode peels back the layers of a deeply contentious issue. In an era where principle often succumbs to pressure, …
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Have you ever been caught between doing what's morally right and dodging public criticism? That's the tightrope of leadership we're walking on today's "Courageous Leadership with Travis Yates," where we dissect how narratives shape our decisions and actions and why it's crucial to base law enforcement reforms on data and facts, not emotionally char…
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Prepare to unlock the secrets of innovative law enforcement recruiting with Jake Peters from SAFEGUARD Recruiting, whose fresh perspective on law enforcement recruitment is nothing short of revolutionary. Jake's journey from a business graduate to a recruitment guru demonstrates the transformative power of cross-sector skill transfer. With co-found…
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Join us as we sit down with Graham Judd, an expert in the field of paramedics and medical education, to address a topic that's sparking controversy across the nation: the criminal prosecution of paramedics. This episode peels back the layers of the Elijah McClain case, illustrating the complex interplay between emergency medical services and law en…
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This episode is a tribute to the legacy of leadership, a man whose positive attitude was a beacon to those he met. Montie Box was an influential figure, who taught that success in leadership is as much about uplifting others as it is about reaching personal goals. Montie's story is not just his own, it's a testament to the power of attitude and the…
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Imagine hanging up your badge after years of dedicated service, only to face the daunting question: what comes next? Jessica Flores, former law enforcement officer turned mindset mentor and transition coach, joins Travis Yates s to unravel the complexities of reinventing oneself post-service. Her insights offer a beacon of hope for those struggling…
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Join Dr. Travis Yates and the insightful Stan Partlow, as we navigate the turbulent seas of police leadership. Stan's lineage in law enforcement paints a vivid backdrop for our candid dialogue on the profession's current predicament, officer retention, and the critical need for commitment within the ranks. Prepare to be challenged and inspired as w…
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In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates examines the recent verdict in the Elijah McClain incident and the far-reaching implications to all first responders. The Paramedic Profession and all first responders should take notice that there could be a steep penalty to pay if we do not address cowardice among our leadership ranks. We recommend reading: "The …
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This episode of Courageous Leadership with Travis Yates features Mike Brown with Security Training Concepts. Mike is a former police officer, and owner of Security Training Concepts out of Chicago, Illinois. Mike is the author of several award winning children's books that can be found here. Mike's motto is "no excuses...just solutions" and you wil…
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DOJ Consent Decrees have been one of the most destructive actions against law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. While the federal government is Constitutionally prohibited from taking control of local law enforcement, most agencies simply agree to a consent decree without seeing any evidence that it is needed. As a DOJ Investigat…
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In the days that followed May 25, 2020, major police organizations and thousands of law enforcement officials bought the narrative that that a white, black, and asian police officer murdered George Floyd in broad daylight. Based on a viral video alone and outrage across the globe, those same officials made official statements condemning the officer…
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Sheriff (ret.) Andy Hughes is a rare phenomenon in law enforcement leadership. His principled based approach to leadership combined with his unwavering faith in God has delivered him to four agencies over the last 30 years, leaving a trail of Courageous Leadership wherever he was. Sheriff Hughes is continuing his contribution to law enforcement wit…
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Dr. Travis Yates has spoken extensively about the need for law enforcement to actually recruit and those that are taking advantage of the recruitment crisis in the profession. After a recent Courageous Leadership Seminar, Travis was told by a recruiter that they spent $150,000 with a recruiting company and had no results. That real life example is …
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The world changed in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd but what if all of it was a lie? What if instead of this being a police officer problem, it was a leadership problem? The only journalist to investigate the facts of the case was Minnesota Native Liz Collin. Collin has been a truth-teller for over 20 years and is a multi-Emmy-Award-win…
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In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates expands on the recent Department of Justice recommendations on law enforcement recruiting and how it is designed to further destroy the foundation of policing. This is an episode that every law enforcement professional needs to hear. Links From The Episode: DOJ Report On Recruiting SAFEGUARD Recruiting Consent Decr…
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There may be nothing more weak than law enforcement leaders and organizations sitting back and not discussing the damage that Federal Intervention in local law enforcement is causing the profession and the communities that are served. In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates discusses the three decade history of what consent decrees have done to communiti…
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In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates discusses the issue of females within the law enforcement profession and the role of leaders to ensure that they are treated fairly in a profession dominated by men. Join Our Tribe of Courageous Leaders: Get The Book Get Weekly Articles by Travis Yates Join Us At Our Website Get Our 'Courageous Leadership' Training…
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Law Enforcement continues to be plagued by poor and ineffective leadership. In today's episode, Dr. Travis Yates explores why this is happening and what each law enforcement professional can do today to reverse this troubling trend. For further information on how and why some choose to follow "The Playbook" rather than lead, you can read Travis' ar…
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There is nothing new when it comes to leadership and over 200 years ago, a philosophy was set that can give tremendous benefit to law enforcement today. Today's episode features Sergeant Steve Sweeting who has applied the ancient philosophy of stoicism to modern day policing. Dr. Travis Yates speaks with Steve on how the virtues of stoicism can be …
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There is no greater example of the damage that cowardly leaders can do to a country, community, and the lives of law enforcement then what the Louisville Police Department did to Sergeant John Mattingly (ret.) in the aftermath of the Breonna Taylor death. Every aspect of what the public was told about this case was a lie and Sergeant John Mattingly…
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There is a high price to be paid for Courageous Leadership. Dr. Travis Yates is joined in this week's episode with Supervisory Deputy United States Marshal (ret.) Bobby Ledogar. In 2015, Bobby was stationed in the warrant task force on Long Island. He had appointed Dawn Mahoney, the sole female, to the task force previously and launched an investig…
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Dr. Travis Yates continues the discussion of law enforcement leadership making decisions based on emotions and feelings rather than actual facts. There may not be a better example than law enforcement organizations and police leadership banning the vascular neck restraints or moving this proven safe and effective technique to deadly force. In this …
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In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates speaks to former gang member Tommy Maynard who credits a series of encounters with law enforcement leaders for a life that he never thought he would have. Tommy went from a life of crime to helping others as a forensic expert with a specialty in mental illness. This is an episode that you can't miss. Tommy speaks a…
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If you have just found us or observed our principles, you may be wondering what exactly is Courageous Police Leadership and why are we promoting it. In this episode, Dr. Travis Yates discusses the early days of the seminar, the book, and what is coming to the program and philosophy of Courageous Police Leadership. You can find out more about Courag…
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"If you make a job impossible, good luck finding anyone willing to fo the job." Dr. Travis Yates - Courageous Police Leadership Alliance - www.cplalliance.org Law enforcement leaders continue to let the enemies of order and public safety place restrictions and expectations on the law enforcement profession that are impossible. The recent criminal c…
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It is Easter Weekend and this edition of the Courageous Police Leadership Podcast discusses the dangers that apathetic leadership has caused in the law enforcement profession. Travis portrays the decision by Pontius Pilate, the Governor of Rome from 26 to 37 AD., and his attempt to avoid the blame in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and how leaders …
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There may not be a better example of Courageous Police Leadership than Minneapolis Lt. (ret.) Bob Kroll. Over three decades, Lt. Kroll policed, supervised, and managed within the Minneapolis Police Department and spent his last six years as the President of their Police Union. In the midst of failed leadership, Lt. Kroll maintained the principles o…
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One of the most dangerous aspects of leadership is not being self aware. It is vital for any leader to ensure that they have built an environment that forces them to be self aware of how their decisions are impacting those around them. Travis Yates discusses what a "self-aware" leader is and how leaders can accomplish this important trait. Join Our…
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In this episode, Travis Yates breaks down his recent seminar in Arizona and questions why agencies and leadership philosophies segregate ranks. The "Us versus Them" model of leadership training is not working in the law enforcement profession and it is time that it all changes. This is a must listen episode that just may change everything you thoug…
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Following the tragedy at a Nashville Private School, the responding Nashville Police Officers are getting praise for their action. Indeed, their actions that stopped evil that day, were indeed heroic but as Travis Yates discusses, that is not unique to the law enforcement profession. Multiple leaders utilized an important Courageous Police Leadersh…
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In this episode, Travis Yates discusses the issue of what higher education can do for law enforcement. Various studies indicate that a college educated police officer is preferred but should that really be the metric to a professional police officer? Travis will also discuss his recent journey going back to school along with some of the options tha…
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Vascular Neck Restraints (VNR's) have not caused an in-custody death or serious injury in the past 50 years. Yet, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) considers it to be deadly force. Despite this contradiction of facts, the DOJ has recently used this IACP recommendation as part of the consent decree with the Louisville Metropol…
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Consent Decrees, imposed by the Department of Justice, have been ruining police agencies and communities for 30 years but leaders continue to voluntarily enter them without seemingly understanding the immediate danger they pose to the future of their agency and the community. Just this week, the DOJ announced a Consent Decree in Louisville along wi…
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In this episode of the Courageous Leadership Podcast, Travis speaks to Chief Scott Hughes about the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and whether law enforcement leaders should trust professional organizations completely to steer their agencies. Chief Hughes recently asked the IACP President a question on social media and was blo…
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The most recent bad idea by cowardly leaders is to lower hiring standards for law enforcement. Travis Yates details the future of policing and the communities they serve if this continues and how Courageous Leaders can fight back on one of the most dangerous ideas that could ever come to the profession. Join Our Tribe of Courageous Leaders: Get The…
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