A Cop with a Plan for Business

I came across E.L. Forestal while posting some CopsAlive information on the social network Twitter (visit us at www.Twitter.com/copsalive) and noticed that he has several internet businesses running and he is a working police officer.  I contacted him and learned that he is an eight year veteran of the Kokomo Police Department in Indiana and because of so many requests from his friends about how to become a police officer he created two training programs about how to pass the police exam and how to succeed in a police oral-board interview.  Also because of his sports background he has created an online fitness  program called “Fit with a Cop”.

I am always looking for officers with a “back-up” plan to provide extra income and insurance against working in patrol until you are 65 years old and Forestal told me that…
before he got married he was looking for an engagement ring for his wife and started thinking about how to pay for it and he picked up a bunch of off duty jobs  and after about 3 months working off duty he was working one day doing security at local bank and the revelation hit him.  He told me that he thought “what am i doing?  I’m not getting ahead here, I need something that’s going to get me out of the rat race.  I need something that’s going to produce for me in the future again and again and again. I need something that’s going to benefit me now, and tomorrow.  I need to start a business.”
He also said that he may not want to work in law enforcement all his life and the internet business option is very attractive.  Many law enforcement officers work extra duty but few have the foresight to see the benefits to starting their own businesses.  Maybe listening to E. L. Forestal will motivate you to consider a business or even an internet business while you are still on the job.

I conducted an interview with E. L. by telephone and we spent just over an hour talking about what he does with his businesses and how he created them.

If you would like to listen to our discussion please use the player below or click the lower link to download an mp3 file to play on your iPod or iPhone.

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Check out his websites by clicking on the images in this article!

About Editor

John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into CopsAlive.com. Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! CopsAlive.com gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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