Professor, former Baltimore cop and author, Peter Moskos Interview WOTS 026

Welcome to today’s show. I am interviewing Peter Moskos. Moskos is a Harvard and Princeton trained sociologist and former Baltimore City police officer. He focuses on police culture, crime prevention, qualitative methods, and ending the war on drugs as an associate professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

About the author

Peter Moskos, a former Baltimore City Police Officer, is an associate professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A Harvard and Princeton trained sociologist, Moskos studies people the old-fashioned way: He talks to them.

In addition to his primary duties at John Jay College, Moskos is a faculty member in CUNY’s Doctoral Programs in Sociology, teaches introductory police classes at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, and is a Senior Fellow of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project.

Moskos’s three books — Cop in the Hood, In Defense of Flogging, and Greek Americans — have won high praise and earned him recognition as one of Atlantic Magazine’s “Brave Thinkers” of the year. He has also published in the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, the New York Times, CNN, Macleans, Pacific Standard, Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and his blog, copinthehood.com. Peter Moskos can be emailed at: mail@petermoskos.com

Moskos is currently working on a book about New York’s crime drop in the 1990s, told from the perspective of police officers who were on the job.

About the book(s)

Cop in the Hood (Princeton University Press)

  • Winner of the 2008 PROSE Award for Best Book in Sociology.
    When Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore’s Eastern District, he was thrust deep into police culture and the ways of the street–the nerve-rattling patrols, the thriving drug corners, and a world of poverty and violence that outsiders never see. In Cop in the Hood, Moskos reveals the truths he learned on the midnight shift.

Through Moskos’s eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. In addition to telling an explosive insider’s story of what it is really like to be a police officer, he makes a passionate argument for drug legalization as the only realistic way to end drug violence–and let cops once again protect and serve.

In Defense of Flogging (Basic Books)

Prisons impose tremendous costs, yet they’re easily ignored. Criminals– even low-level nonviolent offenders– enter our dysfunctional criminal justice system and disappear into a morass that’s safely hidden from public view. Our “tough on crime” political rhetoric offers us no way out, and prison reformers are too quickly dismissed as soft on criminals. Meanwhile, the taxpayer picks up the extraordinary and unnecessary bill.

In Defense of Flogging presents a solution both radical and simple: give criminals a choice between incarceration and the lash. Flogging is punishment: quick, cheap, and honest.

Noted criminologist Peter Moskos, in irrefutable style, shows the logic of the new system while highlighting flaws in the status quo. Flogging may be cruel, but In Defense of Flogging shows us that compared to our broken prison system, it is the lesser of two evils.

Greek Americans: Stuggle and Success (3rd edition) (Transaction Publishers)

This is an engrossing account of Greek Americans—their history, strengths, conflicts, aspirations, and contributions. Blending sociological insight with historical detail, Peter C. and Charles C. Moskos trace the Greek-American experience from the wave of mass immigration in the early 1900s to today. This is the story of immigrants, most of whom worked hard to secure middle-class status. It is also the story of their children and grandchildren, many of whom maintain an attachment to Greek ethnic identity even as they have become one of America’s most successful ethnic groups.

As the authors rightly note, the true measure of Greek-Americans is the immigrants themselves who came to America without knowing the language and without education. They raised solid families in the new country and shouldered responsibilities for those in the old. They laid the basis for an enduring Greek-American community.

Included in this completely revised edition is an introduction by Michael Dukakis and chapters relating to the early struggles of Greeks in America, the Greek Orthodox Church, success in America, and the survival and expansion of Greek identity despite intermarriage. This work will be of value to scholars of ethnic studies, those interested in Greek culture and communities, and sociologists and historians.
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Podcaster, Paramedic and Dept. chief, Steven Cohen Interview WOTS 025

Welcome to today’s show. I am interviewing Steven Cohen. Steven is the Host of Medic 2 Medic Podcast. A show for EMS providers, leaders, medical directors and people interested in EMS as well as being the Chief of Cary Area EMS in Ct.

About the host

Steven Cohen is currently the Chief of Cary Area EMS and has been in EMS for 34 years. Steven is currently a provider, educator, administrator and now a podcaster.

About the podcast

 In September of 2015 Steven decided to start a new adventure called Medic2Medic Podcast.  This January the podcast hit 16,000 downloads. The podcast is working towards 100 episodes, finding a sponsor or advertiser.

Medic2Medic Podcast is a podcast for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, leaders, medical directors and people interested in EMS. Listen to their stories on how they become interested in EMS and why they took this path to help others

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Law Officer Editor and chief, Travis Yates Interview WOTS 024

Hello everyone. Today I am interviewing Travis Yates an 18 year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, A great public speaker, podcaster and author as well as the Editor in Chief at Law Officer Magazine.

About the Editor, author, Podcaster

Major Travis Yates began his career in 1993 with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department. He has served 18 years of his career in a patrol function with other assignments in Gangs, Media Relations, Training and Planning. Travis has been recognized throughout the world in regards to law enforcement training and received the International Police Trainer of the Year Award in 2008 by ILEETA. He is the Editor In Chief of Law Officer Magazine and is one of the most prolific writers in law enforcement, authoring hundreds of articles for various publications.  Travis is often interviewed by major media outlets in regards to law enforcement with past interviews with CNN, USA Today and the Associated Press. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern State University and is a graduate of the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy.

 

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Author, & Retired Boston Transit Cop, Bill Fleming, Interview WOTS 023

Welcome to today’s show. I am interviewing Bill Fleming. Bill is the author of CODE BLACK a great historical fiction set around a terrorist attack on the Boston transit system. Bill was the Lt. Commander of MSTA so his knowledge and experience on the subject matter is without question...

About the author

William Fleming is an expert in areas of law enforcement and public transportation and is an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Code Black (A fiction about terrorist striking the transit system). He served on the Transit Police as a Lieutenant Commander.   He has served as the Acting Chief of the Department and as Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Division.   He co-authored the MSTA’s security plan and is a member of Terrorism Task Force.   In addition, is a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences for all transit security projects.

Fleming holds a BS in Political Science from Boston State College, an MS in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College, and a certificate from the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management’s Command Training Program.

Fleming has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Racial Profiling, the Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Professional Development Sub-committee of the American Public Transit Association Committee on Public Safety.   He has lectured for the Terrorism Research Center, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Boston Police Department.

About the book

 Winner of the 2016 Indie Excellence Award for Crime Fiction! When terrorists apparently strike one of Boston’s MBTA transit stations during the famed St. Patrick’s Day parade, the onslaught of federal and state officials turn the city into a chaotic police state. Only a veteran transit cop, jaded by his memories of growing up in the shadows of Boston’s forced busing and desegregation, knows the truth: The enemy is not some international terrorist cell but the politics and hubris that continually pit the haves and have­-nots against each other in one of the country’s oldest and most ­congested cities. Code Black delves into the many contradictions that shape Boston: wealth and poverty, liberal and conservative, academia and working-class, and even black and white. Recipient of third place in the 2015 Public Safety Writer’s Association contest, Code Black is an historical fiction thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end.

 New, News & Noteworthy

Two Paramedics killed in ambulance roll over in Jupiter Fla.

 

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Author, Firefighter & Cop R.J. Beam Interview WOTS 022

Welcome everyone. Today I am interviewing RJ Beam. Author of Fire Cop and a prolific blogger at Rescue Humor and Premeditated Fiction. He is a Law Enforcement Officer and volunteer Fire Fighter in Wisconsin.

About the author

During his adult life RJ has worked in the public safety field. He has been both a volunteer firefighter and paid firefighter. RJ now works in Law Enforcement and lives in Wisconsin.

Follow him on his web site Rescue Humor or at his writing blog Premeditation Fiction.

About the book

When Officer Ben Graystock becomes fed up with drug dealer Avery Spade’s ability to avoid arrest, he tries a highly illegal method to bust the criminal. Ben sets fire to Avery’s house. The officer assumes fire investigators will see the meth lab evidence and make an arrest. The plan does not work, resulting in Ben tracking down Avery’s other drug labs and setting additional arsons.

Police officer and volunteer firefighter Stuart Thompson is assigned to investigate these arsons. Thompson also happens to be Graystock’s close friend and partner at the police department.

Fire investigation turns to a murder investigation after Avery Spade assumes the arsonist is a local rival dealer. Spade kills the rival using a fire as a form of street justice. As the investigation progresses more fire deaths occur. The pressure is on for Officer Thompson to find a suspect and end the fires before more people die.

 New, News & Noteworthy

We mourn the passing of a dear friend Red Huling. Red was a firefighter, medic and the former second in command for the New Orleans Health Dept. He will be missed.

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