Striving to be the Best

On June 11, 2010, Conversations with American Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a conversation with Al Garber whose 44 year career in public service included being an Army captain, FBI agent and US Marshal.

 Program Date: June 11, 2010

Program Time: 2100 hours Pacific

Topic: Striving to be the Best

Listen Live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lawenforcement/2010/06/12/striving-to-be-the-best

 About the Guest

Allen Garber “retired as United States Marshal for the District of Minnesota on December 31, 2006. His career spanned 44 years.  Al served 5 years in the US Army attaining the rank of Captain. He served in the Infantry and the Military Police Corps. He was an Airborne Ranger and had duties which included platoon leader, executive officer and company commander. His combat experience was gained during a 13 month tour of duty with the US Army’s 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam.

 He was an FBI Agent for 26 years as Agent and Supervisor. The majority of his duties involved investigation of violent crimes, apprehension of violent fugitives, Special Weapons and Tactics, firearms instructor, and defensive tactics instructor. He was the Supervisor of the Jacob Wetterling kidnapping investigation. As a police instructor Al taught thousands of law enforcement officers in the fields of arrest techniques, SWAT, use of force, firearms, defensive tactics, and leadership. He was the first supervisor of the original Minnesota Fugitive Task Force, and the joint FBI/ Minneapolis Police SWAT team.

 The next portion of his career was spent as Chief of Police of the Champlin, MN Police Department. The Champlin Police Department had 23 sworn and 15 non sworn personnel. During his tenure as Police Chief, Al testified as an expert witness in the use of force. He also conducted reviews of several high profile incidents for the Minneapolis Police Department when the MPD was looking for an unbiased and professional opinion. In 1999 Al was appointed Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Governor Jesse Ventura. As Commissioner he had the opportunity to lead approximately 4000 employees, manage a $250 million budget, and work closely with elected officials and interest groups.

 In 2002 Al was appointed United States Marshal for the District of MN by President Bush. The USMS is responsible for security at federal buildings and courthouses , as well as for Federal Judges, US Attorneys, and other officials. The service was also very active in the fugitive apprehension effort. Marshal Garber established a close working relationship with the Federal Judges. During his tenure, the USMS in Minnesota worked closely with area Police Departments, particularly the Minneapolis Police, and other Federal and State law enforcement agencies to fight violent crime. The only USMS/MPD/St Paul PD/ATF SWAT team in the country was established.

 Al Garber is the author of Striving to be the Best.

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is Police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life. American Heroes Radio brings you to the watering hole, where it is Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Public Safety Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lawenforcement/2010/06/12/striving-to-be-the-best

 Archive:

http://www.hitechcj.com/americanheroesradio/striving_best.html

 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

editor@police-writers.com

909.599.7530

American Heroes Press Top Stories May 10, 2010

Army Casualty

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/army-casualty_10.html

Marine Casualty

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/marine-casualty_10.html

Marine Casualty

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/marine-casualty_7232.html

Army Casualty

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/army-casualty_486.html

Marine Casualty

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/marine-casualty_5420.html

FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in 2009

http://criminal-justice-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/fbi-releases-preliminary-statistics-for.html

Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

http://military-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/peace-officers-memorial-day.html

 Marijuana Concealed in Toddler Chairs Highlights Enforcement Activity

http://criminal-justice-online-courses.blogspot.com/2010/05/marijuana-concealed-in-toddler-chairs.html

Troops Seize Drugs, Fend Off Insurgents in Afghanistan

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/troops-seize-drugs-fend-off-insurgents.html

Guardsman Gears Up for Warrior Games

http://military-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/guardsman-gears-up-for-warrior-games.html

Former Governor of Mexican State Extradited

http://criminal-justice-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/former-governor-of-mexican-state.html

Dog tags connect families to loved ones

http://terrorism-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/dog-tags-connect-families-to-loved-ones.html

Phishing Scams Targeting Troops

http://talk-technology.blogspot.com/2010/05/phishing-scams-targeting-troops.html

Navy Hero Honored in New York

http://military-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/navy-hero-honored-in-new-york.html

Westminster Bank Robbed

http://criminal-justice-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/westminster-bank-robbed.html

Barksdale Airmen test ability during exercise

http://military-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/barksdale-airmen-test-ability-during.html

Challenge Academy Open House

http://leadership-online.blogspot.com/2010/05/national-guard-challenge-academy-plans.html

Fed Undercover – Contract Killer; Weapons Dealer; Pedophile

On May 15, 2009, Conversations with Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion Special Agent Bob Hamer, FBI (ret.) on his career as an undercover federal agent.

 Program Date: May 15, 2009

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: Fed Undercover – Contract Killer; Weapons Dealer; Pedophile

Listen Live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/05/16/Fed-Undercover-Contract-Killer-Weapons-Dealer-Pedophile

 About the Guest

Special Agent Bob Hamer, Federal Bureau of Investigation (ret.) spent 26 years as a “street agent” for the FBI; many of those years undercover. As an uncover agent he posed as a drug dealer, contract killer, fence, pedophile, degenerate gambler, weapons dealer, and white-collar criminal.

 Bob Hamer worked undercover against such diverse groups as La Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia, Mexican Mafia, Russian Mafia, Asian organized crime groups, and Los Angeles-based street gangs. His successful infiltration of NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) resulted in the arrest of what one defendant called eight members of the “inner circle.” He received numerous awards throughout his career including the FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Service, four United States Attorney Awards for Distinguished Service, and numerous letters of commendation including one from then U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani. Bob Hamer is the author of The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil.

 According to the book description of The Last Undercover: The True Story of an FBI Agent’s Dangerous Dance with Evil, “Bob Hamer tells the story of his life as an undercover agent for the FBI posing as everything from a drug dealer to an aging pedophile. Looking back on a career rich in the kind of action that makes for great cinema, Hamer describes the challenges he endured as he stared the dark side of humanity in the face.”

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Law Enforcement Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/05/16/Fed-Undercover-Contract-Killer-Weapons-Dealer-Pedophile

 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

editor@police-writers.com

909.599.7530

Bombs, Bullets and Fast Talk

On May 1, 2009, Conversations with Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion Special James Botting, FBI (ret.) the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

 Program Date: May 1, 2009

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

Listen Live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/05/02/Bombs-Bullets-and-Fast-Talk

 About the Guest

Special Agent James Botting (ret.) served in the FBI for twenty-five years, sixteen as a crisis/hostage negotiator. He served as the team leader of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) from 1981 to 1995 and a supervisory member of its international Critical Incident Negotiation Team since its inception in 1985 until his retirement. He has personally negotiated numerous hostage/barricade incidents and responded to several high-profile events. He lives in California.  James Botting is the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

 According to the book description of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories, “A desperate gunman holds a planeload of innocent passengers hostage. A heavily armed cult leader refuses to leave his compound, threatening mass suicide by a hundred of his brainwashed followers. A neo-Nazi militant in a cabin hideout keeps federal agents at bay with gunfire. A baby disappears; his only trace is an ominous ransom call to his parents. Prisoners riot, threatening the lives of prison officers and hundreds of other inmates. How do you react? What do you do? What do you say? Your words, your actions can save lives–or lose them.”

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Law Enforcement Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/05/02/Bombs-Bullets-and-Fast-Talk

 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

editor@police-writers.com

909.599.7530

Bombs, Bullets and Fast Talk

On March 27, 2009, Conversations with Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion Special James Botting, FBI (ret.) the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

 Program Date: March 27, 2009

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

Listen Live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/03/28/Bombs-Bullets-and-Fast-Talk

 About the Guest

Special Agent James Botting (ret.) served in the FBI for twenty-five years, sixteen as a crisis/hostage negotiator. He served as the team leader of the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) from 1981 to 1995 and a supervisory member of its international Critical Incident Negotiation Team since its inception in 1985 until his retirement. He has personally negotiated numerous hostage/barricade incidents and responded to several high-profile events. He lives in California.  James Botting is the author of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories.

 According to the book description of Bullets, Bombs, and Fast Talk: Twenty-Five Years of FBI War Stories, “A desperate gunman holds a planeload of innocent passengers hostage. A heavily armed cult leader refuses to leave his compound, threatening mass suicide by a hundred of his brainwashed followers. A neo-Nazi militant in a cabin hideout keeps federal agents at bay with gunfire. A baby disappears; his only trace is an ominous ransom call to his parents. Prisoners riot, threatening the lives of prison officers and hundreds of other inmates. How do you react? What do you do? What do you say? Your words, your actions can save lives–or lose them.”

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Law Enforcement Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/03/28/Bombs-Bullets-and-Fast-Talk

 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

editor@police-writers.com

909.599.7530

Chicago Police, FBI and Midnight Battles

On March 20, 2009, Conversations with Heroes at the Watering Hole will feature a discussion Special Agent John Wills, FBI (ret.) the author of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City.

 Program Date: March 20, 2009

Program Time: 2100 hours, Pacific

Topic: Chicago Police, FBI and Midnight Battles

Listen Live:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/03/21/Chicago-Police-FBI-and-Midnight-Battles

 About the Guest

Special Agent John Wills, FBI (ret.) spent two years in the U.S. Army before serving 12 years with the Chicago Police Department.   He left the Chicago Police Department to become an FBI Special Agent, working organized crime, violent crime, and drugs. He worked for 2 ½ years as an undercover agent in the FBI’s first ever steroid sting.  He served in Chicago, Alexandria, VA., Detroit, and Houston.  Before retiring from the FBI, he spent 7 years teaching at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He has taught Street Survival domestically and internationally, as well as supervised new agent training at the Academy.   

 Special Agent John Wills presently works for Advanced Interactive Systems (www.ais-sim.com) as a Field Training Manager, conducting training for police and military using the PRISim Judgment Simulator.  John Wills also owns his own business, LivSafe, teaching Situational Awareness Classes. He appears on the NCAA speakers list, presenting lectures to universities on the dangers of steroids and other drugs.  Special Agent John Wills is the author of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City.

 According to the book description of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City, “Chicago Police Officer Pete Shannon’s life is about to take a dramatic turn. His wife has a dark secret that she’s about to reveal to him; his partner’s life is about to be in jeopardy, and worst of all one of his own colleagues will present him with one of the biggest challenges of his life. Pete’s strength, both physical and spiritual, will be put to the test as he and his partner work the “graveyard shift” on the mean streets of the “Windy City.”

 Fellow officer Marilyn Benson doesn’t realize it yet, but her life is about to change in ways that she could have never imagined. Forces of good and evil will do battle for her soul and her faith, both of which have lain dormant for many years. It’s an issue that she can no longer ignore. St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, is about to engage in his biggest clash since throwing Satan out of Heaven.”

 About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.

 About the Host

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in Law Enforcement, public policy, Law Enforcement Technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in Law Enforcement.

 Listen, call, join us at the Watering Hole:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/LawEnforcement/2009/03/21/Chicago-Police-FBI-and-Midnight-Battles

 Program Contact Information

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

editor@police-writers.com

909.599.7530