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Blog Entry from Dom Cappelluti on May 13, 2016

IMG_0223Even months after the terror attacks in Brussels, a heavy police presence still remains in time square. Heavily armed uniformed officers with riffles slung from their vests stand ready as tourists walk slowly past.  Not the time to ask for a quick photo. The message is clear. Today it’s all business.

On this occasion, my trip to the city that never sleeps is business for me as well. Since that September day in 2001, I have finally been given a huge opportunity to personally contribute to combating terrorism at all levels.  I’m here in New York to present my Interview and Interrogation seminar (CRIME 1-2-3) for city officers, investigators and agents from the US Postal Inspectors Office.

As the seminar begun and I looked across the class, I couldn’t help but to think back to 9-11 and Brussels and when terrorism will hit again.  The ability for us to effectively gather intelligence by conducting real interrogations today is an absolute necessity. Those who are armed with this ability of getting people to tell us the truth are as necessary as those same tactical officers standing ready at time square.

From the shores of Lake Michigan to the banks of the Hudson, we are unfortunately surrounded by those who choose to live a life of crime.  And today, those who have chosen this profession of crime fighting have more responsibilities than ever. No super suit or special powers required. This is why Criminal Related Interviewing Made Easy was created.  My responsibility is to convince each and every one that attends this seminar that you have to use what you already know- your unique personality.  From there, CRIME 1-2-3 will guide you every step of the way.

When speaking with street thugs to career criminals, all law enforcement must know how to communicate effectively, detect deception, interpret verbal and nonverbal behavior and get the truth. There is no more room for second chances or excuses. Get ready. Get trained.

Blog Entry May 12, 2016 from Betsy Brantner Smith

80430Public safety dispatchers are arguably the most over-looked personnel in any law enforcement agency.  PG & TI instructor Sgt. Betsy Smith has dubbed them “The Forgotten 1st Responders” ( and conducts training classes and workshops throughout the United States especially for dispatch personnel.


Sgt. Smith recent traveled to Salt Lake City, UT to present “Career and Officer Survival for Dispatchers” at the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Utah.  The course was hosted by the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake.  Unified PD’s dispatch manager and training coordinator were in attendance and outlined some of their many innovations to Sgt. Smith.  UPD utilizes ride-a-longs, a cadet program, a peer support group and leadership training to enhance working conditions for their dispatchers.


Sgt. Smith was also honored to meet the widow of Unified Police officer Doug Barney who was killed in the line of duty on January 17th of this year. ( Erika Barney, a former dispatcher, now works in HR at UPD and has been an incredible source of strength to her co-workers since Doug’s murder.


Attendees spent the morning learning various officer safety tools and tactics, and the afternoon was devoted to leadership, gender intelligence, and career enhancement.

Blog Entry April 29, 2016 from Dave Smith~

Here is a short video clip illustrating some of the “teaching principles” presented through The Winning Mind programs.  We will periodically offer up these “clips” to stir on some discussion…we welcome questions, stories, shared experiences…



Correctional Professionals Managing those that Suffer from Mental Health Issues in Jail and/or Prisons

Overview: Strategies For Relating and Working with those that suffer from mental health issues can be quite challenging and have the potential to pose danger for correctional professionals at times if not dealt with appropriately.  Such challenges include attempts at managing those who experience homicidality/suicidality and in managing those who suffer from Axis I conditions such as (i.e. psychosis, depressive/affective conditions, and personality disorders to name a few).  This course is designed not to replace the specific institution’s safety techniques and training but to be an adjunctive aid in dealing with this specialized population.


One-Day Format


  1. Introduction to Major Psychiatric Disorders and Care of the Mentally Ill (Axis I Disorders)

(Videos included)

  1. Introduction to those who suffer from Schizophrenia (Signs and Symptoms)
    1. Incorporating Strategies and Managing Encounters w/ those that suffer from Schizophrenia
  2. Introduction to Clinical and Manic Depression (Signs and Symptoms)
    1. Incorporating Strategies and Managing Encounters w/ those that suffer from Clinical and Manic Depression
  3. Introduction to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (Signs and Symptoms)
    1. Incorporating Strategies and Managing Encounters w/ those that suffer from PTSD

Introduction to Those that Experience Personality Disorders  {video(s)}                                                                                                                     

  1. Conceptualizing those that experience Personality Disorders (Mosaic)
  2. Incorporating Strategies and Managing Encounters with Individuals Who Suffer from Antisocial

Personality Disorder

  1. Incorporating Strategies and Managing Encounters with Individuals Who Suffer from Borderline

Personality Disorder

  1.  Impact of Psychological Disorders on The Correctional Community
    1. Characteristics of the Suicidal Individual and How to Manage Him/Her
    2. Understanding and Recognizing Various Drug Interactions w/ The Mentally Ill
    3. Side Effects from Psychotropic Medications, Classifications of Psychotropic Medications and Respective Conditions that Particular Psychotropic Medications Manage and Treat.
  • Conclusion
    1. Final Thoughts, Questions & Answers
    2. Evaluations




Blog Entry April 29, 2016~ Mindset Bootcamp in Spokane, WA

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office recently hosted a two day “Mindset Bootcamp” featuring Dave “JD Buck Savage” Smith and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman.  Audience members included law enforcement officers from both Idaho and Washington plus educators, police department volunteers, fire personnel and members of the United States Air Force.   Also in attendance was a very special guest, Sean Riley, 17041Founder and President of Safe Call Now, a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Safe Call Now was started in 2009 after legislation was passed guaranteeing confidentiality nationwide for all who call the Safe Call Now crisis line that is staffed by current and former first responders.  (hotlink: Lt Col Grossman and Dave Smith’s wife Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith serve on Safe Call Now’s advisory board and believe strongly in SCN’s mission.

“Mindset Bootcamp” is the only training of its kind that delivers the essential elements of “The Winning Mind” and “The Bulletproof Mind” in a two-day seminar tha20160428_081122t will change the way you work, live, and think.  Students have the chance to personally interact with Lt. Smith and Lt. Col. Grossman to share ideas, philosophies and training tips.  The students in Spokane agreed that “Mindset Bootcamp” is a must for all public safety and military personnel.





More fun at the seminar:


Haix footwear ( gave a way a free pair of boots to one lucky winner and several attendees won gear from Sticky Holsters (

Blog Entry from Betsy Brantner Smith March 10, 2016

On Thursday March 3rd, 2016 Sergeants Betsy Smith and Nancy Fatura traveled to Loveland, CO to launch another year of “The Winning Mind for Women UNLEASHED!” This motivational training event for women in the law enforcement profession has been updated with new research, new stories, and new ways to inspire anyone who attends.

The Loveland class was filled with police officers, dispatchers, corrections personnel, supervisors and managers from the Denver metro area. Halfway through the course an officer shared with Betsy and Nancy that she had attended “Unleashed” in 2015 in Centennial, CO and the class had motivated her to make some significant, positive changes in her professional life. They were so glad she came back to join us in 2016.

66481Sgt. Fatura’s teaching style at the Loveland event brought both laughter and applause when she took the stage on a newly acquired “knee scooter” to help her deal with recently broken foot. The morning after training she was back in Tucson, AZ to have surgery, which was very successful. Sgt. Fatura shared with the Loveland students that her high level of fitness had been incredibly helpful in dealing with her injury. Fitness and health are one of the many topics talked about in the Winning Mind series of classes.



We hope to see you at one very soon!

Tactics for the Street and Criminal Patrol: Boots-On-The-Ground Police Work

Tactics for the Street and Criminal Patrol:
Boots-On-The-Ground Police Work

Including the use of in-car and body worn cameras!

This fast paced one-day course is intended for patrol officers and supervisors who want to become more effective in detecting apprehending and documenting the arrest of criminals including drug users, drug traffickers, fugitives, gang members, and even terrorists.

Areas Covered

  • Criminal Patrol Tactics
  • In-Car/Body Cams
  • Officer Safety
  • Roadside Interviews
  • Detecting Deception
  • Consent Searches
  • Salvaging Turn-Downs
  • Arrest Tactics
  • Basics of Detecting Hidden Compartments
  • Contact & Cover

Chief Ed Delmore

Chief Ed Delmore has been a police officer more than 33 years and currently serves as the Chief of Police in Gulf Shores, Alabama. For several years he was the working commander of the most successful city criminal interdiction unit in the State of Illinois. He has instructed thousands of officers throughout the United States in criminal patrol tactics and officer survival. He has been an instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the FBI National Academy. He is also the author of several law enforcement articles featured on  and other law enforcement sites.

Chief Delmore earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Course at the University of Louisville’s Southern Police Institute and of the FBI National Academy.

Courses Offered:

Tactics for the Street and Criminal Patrol: Boots-On-The-Ground Police Work

Constructs to Critical Incident Stress Debriefings

Constructs to Critical Incident Stress Debriefings
This one day program covers instruction on the array of post trauma stress reactions in others, vicarious traumatization, along with the process of demobilization, crisis management, and conducting critical incident debriefings.  The attendee will receive basic instruction on how to conduct Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) for personnel, understand the purpose for CISD and the debriefing model, and learn how to help those who have experienced trauma in their lives.  The attendee will also receive instruction on the tools for effective communication skills via active listening techniques through applied learning techniques and exercises.

“My C.I.” Cultivating and Effectively Handling today’s Top Confidential Informants

From first time offenders to high-level criminal organizations, the mentality of those heavily involved in today’s most serious crimes is rapidly changing. Today, we are tasked with combating the most dangerous criminals in the U.S. and across the world who continue to improve in ways of eluding law enforcement. This is where “My C.I.” comes in.

Having the ability to touch the untouchable, speak with those who don’t talk and gain the trust of even the most sceptical, is in fact possible with the right confidential informant and their trained handler.

When dealing with the disloyal and egotistic or the highly devoted and immersed criminal, law enforcement professionals trained in properly handling confidential informants are more effective in safely gathering real-time intelligence. From significant drug and cash seizures to solving the most difficult and serious cases, utilizing confidential informants is an essential tool, but one that must be handled safely. This is your owner’s manual in getting the job done and doing it right.

From the street to the interview room, your ability to build rapport, stay focused and detect deception starts at first contact and there are no second chances. Utilizing informants is an essential part of any case, and in fact may be the only way to enhance your chances of a successful outcome.

The focus of this dynamic one day seminar is to simply clarify each and every aspect of working hand and hand with an “informant” in a criminal investigation, which at times

can easily be frowned upon by those unaware of an informant’s legal potential and justifiable opportunities.

This seminar has been developed for patrol officers, detectives, gang investigators, agents and command staff. Your expert instructors will share their experiences and address issues to help you develop your own strategies in spotting, cultivating and safely getting informants to work for you.

Behind every great informant is a greater handler who always understands their capabilities, an informant’s limits, and the legal aspects during day to day operations. Despite the ambitions or motivators of potential informants, you will develop the expertise that’s needed today to protect the informant, your agency and yourself.

Blocks of instruction will include:

Spotting today’s possible candidates and dangers Evaluating the informant and their potential in each investigation
The significance of protecting your agency and establishing voluntariness Understanding the informant’s motivators and lifestyle
Mastering rapport and effective communication Establishing and maintaining ethical and professional relationships
Today’s legal aspects and courtroom preparation

This seminar is for law enforcement only, unless prior approval is granted by Street-Strategies Inc. or Public Grants and Training Initiatives. Attendees will receive a detailed class binder to keep. However, due to course content, the instructors’ current assignment, and video case examples there is no video recording allowed.