Critical Conversations With Law Enforcement

criticalconversationsCritical Conversations With Law Enforcement

by Lisa Wimberger of the Neurosculpting Institute

I had the honor of recently being interviewed by LESI Faculty member Lisa Wimberger for a new video series she produced called: Critical Conversations With Law Enforcement. In the video series Lisa talked with eight past and present law enforcement officers about the stresses in law enforcement particularly as it is being heightened by public unrest in many U.S. cities.

Lisa did an excellent job with the interviews and you can watch them for free until May 31, 2015 at this… link:

In the video series you will join Neurosculpting Institute founder Lisa Wimberger as she talks with eight members of Law Enforcement from across the country in some very candid conversations regarding the emotional and mental state of the industry.

The Neurosculpting® Institute does not take a pro or anti police stance. Rather, they are committed to bridging the gap of understanding between the civilian and law enforcement cultures.

Only through understanding can we transform the future of law enforcement in this country. Please listen, learn, and share this insight.

The guests for these discussions were:

Aaron Price – Investigator MS in Criminal Justice. Aaron is an accomplished Investigator, Negotiator, and Mediator. He also worked across the country as a Park Ranger, Police Officer, and Equal Employment Manager, and worked in London, UK, providing at-risk youth with employment-related education and training. He is a subject matter expert in the fields of criminal psychology, financial analysis, employment law, and person/asset location.

Christian Dobratz – A retired officer with 18 years of service is now a Professor teaching in the Law Enforcement Program at Minnesota State University at Mankato. As a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Instructor, Christian teaches courses related to Police Stress, Law Officer Mindset II, Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness for Officers, as well as Narcotics Investigations. He also has taught courses in criminal investigations, political science, police emergency response procedures, criminal code, report writing, and interview & interrogation.

Duane Wolfe – A retired Minnesota Peace Officer with over 25 years of service. During his career he served as patrolman, sergeant, S.R.T., Use of Force and Firearms Instructor, and is currently employed by the Parkers Prairie Police Department. He is also a full-time instructor in the Law Enforcement Program at Alexandria Technical College, Alexandria, Minnesota. Duane also writes the Warrior’s Path column for

Jeff Mullenmeister – A 15 year veteran Deputy with Rice County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota
Rob teaches defensive tactics and is very knowledgeable about what happens in real world defensive encounters. His training is based on empirical evidence and is also based on medical/psychological/behavioral evidence that relates to the human body’s natural responses to an ambush style attack.

John Marx – Executive Director Law Enforcement Survival Institute retired after 23 years in law enforcement. He worked at both a police and sheriff’s department and served as a hostage negotiator for nineteen years. He also worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. He served as administrator of his city’s Community Policing Project. John is the founder and editor of

Rick Giovengo Ph.D. – Dr. Giovengo has 26 years of law enforcement experience as both a state law enforcement officer and a federal agent and received his doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology from Walden University and his Masters Degree in Adult Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University. He now is the CEO of Human Performance Consulting.

Steven Hough – A 19 year veteran of Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
On December 9th, 2011, Deputy Hough was working as part of the U.S. Marshals
Service Violent Fugitive Task Force. They were at a home to try to take a fugitive into custody when the suspect came out firing guns in both hands. Hough returned fire, and suffered a bullet wound to the face and two shots to his left leg. Because of his actions Steve was a recipient of the prestigious Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.

Ret. Sgt Thomas Dworak – Thomas Dworak is a 31 year veteran of the Wilmette (IL) Police Department. Mr. Dworak held a variety of positions during his career including patrol officer, detective, Traffic Coordinator and Assistant Accreditation Manager. Mr. Dworak was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and served as a patrol supervisor on the Evening Shift. He was also the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator.

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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 Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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