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The Police Applicant Podcast

By Ken Roybal
Do you want to pass the background investigation? Retired veteran LAPD background investigator, Ken Roybal will help you navigate the hiring process for police departments in the US and Canada. Let's get you hired!
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Special Episode: LAPD Hiring in Crisis w/ Special Guest JJ Williams

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Ep. 46 - A Conversation with Cmdr. Aaron Clem - Kennewick, WA PD
In this episode we interview Commander Aaron Clem of the Kennewick (WA) PD. Cmdr. Clem started at KPD in 1996 and has worked Patrol, Narco, SWAT, and a Federal Gang Task Force, among other assignments. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. We discuss all things Kennewick and why you should work there! ___________________ Kennewick PD is hiring: https://www.go2kennewick.com/406/Police-Employment You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:46:29
September 23, 2022
Special Event - YouTube Live: The Ride Along
Minerva, Donovan, and Ken hosted this Sept. 15th, 2022, YouTube Live to discuss the ride-along!  We discussed do's & don'ts, how to dress, and what questions to ask.  ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:30:08
September 22, 2022
Meet The Investigators in Olympia Washington!
The investigators - Ken, Minerva, and Donovan will be joining together for a FIRST EVER Meet & Greet with our Washington listeners!! RSVP today for this special event on Saturday - October 15th @ 1:00 pm! 
00:57
September 19, 2022
Mid-week Announcements - Sept. 14, 2022
This is your mid-week announcements episode! Here's everything coming up: Washington state Meet & Greet with our listeners, Special listener's Q&A episode, Special online listener's Meet & Greet, and a few other things! ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
17:06
September 15, 2022
Ep. 45 - Ofcr. Ian Whittington Returns - Passed Probation!
In this episode we interview Bakersfield PD (Calif.) Officer Ian Whittington. He was our guest on episode 23. He told us how he was the #1 candidate for hire, entered the academy and quit on day one. Ian returned to the academy after some real soul searching and recently completed probation. He shares what his FTO experience was like. Another great interview with Ian! ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:38:04
September 09, 2022
Special Event - YouTube Live: The Oral Interview
In this special YouTube Live episode, the investigators discuss the dreaded oral interview. Donovan, Minerva, and Ken break down what you need to know about the interview and how to pass it.  You can find another more in-depth discussion on this interview on episode 3 with retired LAPD mentor/recruiter Caroline Zavala.    __________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:12:51
September 05, 2022
Special Episode: LAPD Hiring in Crisis w/ Special Guest JJ Williams
This was a special event YouTube Live and Facebook Live we recorded on August 26th, 2022. We took live questions from our listeners and answered them. In this episode we interview longtime Background Investigation Division supervisor JJ Williams who witnessed the downfall of LAPD hiring over 20 years. He retired in 2022. We're publishing it as a special episode for the podcast.  In August 2022, the LAPD chief reported that the department was unable to hire the promised number of recruits in hiring year 2021-2022. The recruitment numbers continue to fall in hiring year 2022-2023. The LAPD had 10,000 officers in 2013. They now have 9250 officers. The department is unable to stem the flow of officers leaving the department and can't hire enough to make up for their losses. We discuss the current state of LAPD hiring in this special episode. ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
02:46:50
August 29, 2022
Ep. 44 - Ron's Story: The Nebraska Deputy Sheriff
In this interview we interview Ron Z., who is a deputy sheriff in Nebraska. We discuss the hiring process, academy, and FTO. The FTO process was an interesting discussion! ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net 
01:41:04
August 26, 2022
Ep. 43 - Kent PD (WA): The Recruiters, War Stories, and Being a Cop
In this episode we interview Sgt. Eric Tung and Officer Brian Cortinas of the Kent, Washington PD Recruitment Unit. We talk about war stories, recruitment, testing, physical training, and being a cop in 2022.  Kent PD is hiring: Kent Police Department Law Enforcement Careers (kentpolicerecruiting.com) ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
02:30:46
August 12, 2022
Ep. 42 - Thomas' Story: I Failed The Academy, Went Back and Became President of My Class!
In this episode we interview Thomas, a California deputy sheriff. He failed his first self-sponsored academy, returned a few months later and became the class president. He's been on for four years and is working patrol. This is a great story! ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:39:50
July 29, 2022
Ep. 41 - Special Edition: The Women of Law Enforcement
Minerva hosts this special edition episode about women in law enforcement. Our guests are Officer Katie C. (east coast) and Sgt. Sharon K (west coast). This episode is a great listen for our female and male applicants alike. The women talk about working in a male dominated profession, the academy, recruitment, and the challenges facing female officers. You don't want to miss this one! ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:30:31
July 27, 2022
Ep. 40 - Jarrod's Journey - "Are you ready for a street fight?"
In this episode we interview Jarrod who is an applicant from Florida. We discuss his journey so far. Jarrod is also a black belt instructor in Jiu-Jitsu. A big part of this episode is about self-defense and the need to be ready for street fighting that is inherent to patrol work. Are you ready to defend yourself in the street? __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:09:27
July 15, 2022
You guys are AMAZING! (and other news!)
This is a special update about you guys! Ken covers our most popular recent episodes, how you can join us in a special event roundtable, and other news! Get caught up!  _________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
10:44
July 02, 2022
Ep. 39 - Conversation with the LT - The Academy, Education, and Women in LE
In this episode we interview a Lt from a large southern U.S. department about her academy experience, whether getting a college degree is important, and the challenges women who are applying need to be aware of.  __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:44:01
July 01, 2022
Ep. 38 - LAPD Ofcr. Ruben Avalos - "I didn't quit!"- 33 apps, 10 DQ's in 10 years
LAPD Officer Ruben Avalos spent ten years trying to become an officer. After 33 apps and 10 DQ's in 10 years, he finally landed on Ken Roybal's desk in 2006. This is his story. __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:39:44
June 17, 2022
Ep. 37 - Richard's Journey: An Amazing Comeback Story!
In this episode we interview Richard. He was hired by a So Cal agency, got injured in the academy, self-sponsored, got hired, failed the psych, appealed, and was hired again!! We unpack his amazing comeback story in this episode!! __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:25:04
June 03, 2022
Ep. 36 - Nathan's Journey: "I Just Got Hired!"
In this episode we interview Midwest applicant Nathan who was just hired and will start the academy in July. Nathan's engaging story about his hiring process from applying to the background investigation to getting the call about his academy date is inspiring. Don't miss this one! __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:32:44
May 20, 2022
Ep. 35 - Sgt. Steve Gould - Small Town Policing
In this episode we interview Sgt. Steve Gould who works for a small-town agency in Massachusetts. He's also a former LAPD background investigator and the host of the Things Police See Podcast. (Click the link to listen.) We asked Steve about working in a small city and whether new police officers should start there. His answer may surprise you! __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2  Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:38:42
May 06, 2022
Ep. 34 - Donovan Heavener: Washington State Background Investigator
In this episode we interview Federal Way, Washington PD Recruitment & Background Investigator Donovan Heavener. We discuss the day he was shot, candidate background investigation mistakes, and the challenges in recruitment.  Federal Way is hiring! fwrecruiting.com __________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:44:20
April 22, 2022
Ep. 33 - Sgt. Steven Zollars - Concord, NC Recruitment Supervisor
In this episode we interview Sgt. Steven Zollars who is the OIC of Recruitment and Backgrounds for the Concord, NC PD. We ask about policing in 2022, why Sgt. Zollars wasn't hired from the academy, and the challenges of recruitment. Concord PD is hiring! Go to Concord NC Police > Be The Change or email Sgt. Zollars @ zollarsp@concordnc.gov ___________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support  One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:18:16
April 08, 2022
Special Episode: Ben Darby-Officer Needs Help
Please note: The Police Applicant Podcast is publishing this episode to bring attention to this case. We are not personally involved in this case. This is a special episode regarding the recent trial and unjust conviction of Huntsville, AL police officer Ben Darby. We were recently contacted to assist in getting the word out about Ben's shooting and trial. He is currently languishing in a state prison. He needs our help to let as many people as possible know about this miscarriage of justice. For more information: Go to Facebook or Instagram @standwithdarby or www.standwithdarby.com ___________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
48:49
April 06, 2022
Ep. 32 - Interview with The Chief
In this episode we interview Chief Ed Gebhart of the Fishers Police Department (Indiana). Chief Gebhart is best described as a "Cop's Cop.". This is our first chief of police interview. We discuss how he put himself through the academy, the challenges in recruitment & hiring, and the stresses of police work. We also ask him how he likes being a chief. Fishers PD is hiring! Go to Recruitment | Fishers, IN - Official Website or email Recruitment Officer Edgar Holmes at holmese@fishers.in.us You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:41:25
March 25, 2022
Facebook & YouTube Live! - Saturday March 26, 2022
The Police Applicant Podcast is going Facebook & YouTube Live this Saturday-March 26th at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST! You can be on this live broadcast with us! Just send an email to ken@policebackground.net to be our live guest with a note “Live Podcast.”  - Get to know us - Ask us questions about backgrounds - Tell us your story! Where?: 1. Facebook: The Police Applicant Group (North America) *Go to the page, ask to join, in the member questions please note: FACEBOOK LIVE in your answers. 2. Facebook: The Police Applicant Podcast page. 3. YouTube: The Police Applicant Podcast page. Just go to the page and join us there! Ken & Minerva will host a Meet & Greet time with our listeners and answer questions. We’d like to get to know you and let you put faces to the voices. You’ll also have an opportunity to be in the live with us! Just email me for the information.
02:21
March 25, 2022
Ep. 31 - I Was Hired and in The Academy - Then My BI Showed Up
In this episode we interview Alex who was hired and in the academy in 2010. His BI showed up and delivered the bad news: "Something came up in your background" and he was let go. Alex takes us on his journey to become a police officer that began in 2008 and continues to this day. He won't give up on his dream and he has a message for every candidate struggling to keep going after the DQ. You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:19:42
March 11, 2022
Mid-week News! - March 5, 2022
Welcome to our new occasional Mid-week News segment!! In this episode: Christine graduated the academy! Special perc for our financial supporters Police departments contacting us Let's go Facebook Live! Be a guest! ____________________________________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
07:40
March 06, 2022
Ep. 30 - A Day in The Life: SWAT Operator
In this episode we interview Clay who is a longtime SWAT operator and trainer. Clay has been a SWAT team member since 1989 and is currently a sheriff's department captain who trains regional and statewide SWAT teams in Tennessee.  You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:41:31
February 25, 2022
Ep. 29 - Christina Dages - "The Matthew Dages Story"
In this episode we interview Christina Dages, wife of former La Mesa, CA Officer Matthew Dages. Matthew's story revolving around an arrest incident that occurred in 2020, their home being doxed and descended upon by anti-police activists, him being charged by a rogue district attorney for politically motivated purposes, and then to his ultimate victory in court after being found not guilty. The battle continues with Matthew fighting to get his job back. Christina details how police applicants, officers, and supporters can remove their personal information off the Internet.  Support the Dages Family: Donate: Help Support Former La Mesa Police Officer Matthew Dages | Pipe Hitter Foundation (Powered by Donorbox) Instagram: @clearofficerdages Good Over Evil T-shirt: OfficerDages Store – officerdages ___________________ You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support  One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2  Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:06:43
February 11, 2022
Ep. 28 - Nick Wilson: The Resiliency Project
In this episode we discuss the dangers of police PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse, and suicide amongst cops. Nick Wilson retired on a medical pension after battling his physical and mental demons. Then he founded The Resiliency Project to help officers. If you're thinking of coming on the job - you need to listen to this episode. Find Nick at The Resiliency Project You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:36:40
January 28, 2022
Ep. 27 - Sgt. Rob Ellis - Washington State Patrol
In this episode we interview Sgt. Rob Ellis who is the OIC of the WSP's recruiting and testing unit. Ken and Minerva had a great time finding about what it takes to become a Washington State Trooper! Washington State Patrol is hiring! Go to www.wsp.wa.gov You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:34:01
January 14, 2022
Ep. 26 - Legacy Podcast: Delfin/Black Ambush
In this special episode we go back in time to 2009 when we interviewed retired LBPD Officer Rick Delfin about the April 2000 ambush that took the life of his partner, Officer Daryle Black. Rick and Ken were LAPD background investigators from 2006-2018. You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
43:40
December 31, 2021
Ep. 25 - The Prison Sergeant
In this episode we again interview Sgt. Brandon Merkelbach of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) on life as a Corrections Officer. We interviewed Brandon in Ep. 24 about being a CDCR background investigator.  CDCR is hiring! Go to Hiring Process - Peace Officer Careers You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:41:19
December 17, 2021
Ep. 24 - The Corrections Department Background
In this episode we interview Sgt. Brandon Merkelbach of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). He is a background investigator at the Southern Selection Center (SSC). We continue our conversation about how BI's conduct their investigations. CDCR is hiring! Go to Hiring Process - Peace Officer Careers You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:14:14
December 03, 2021
Ep. 23 - I quit the academy on the FIRST DAY!
In this episode we interview Officer Ian Whittington of the Bakersfield (California) Police Department. He went from being #1 out of 400 applicants to quitting after the first day at the academy in 2019. This is his incredible come back story! Bakersfield PD is hiring! Go to Join Bakersfield Police Department | Be The Sound of Something Better (joinbpd.us) You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:24:41
November 19, 2021
Ep. 22 - My BI has my file!
In this episode we discuss what happens when a BI gets your case and how background investigations are conducted. Also, we have a update message about Episode 15 guest, Jen. You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:37:35
November 05, 2021
Ep. 21: A Day In The Life - 911 Dispatcher
In this episode we interview Val, a 911 dispatcher for a large California agency. She'll discuss how dispatchers are the lifeline for police officers and give important information for new officers. You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:12:38
October 22, 2021
Ep. 20 - The Academy Experience
In this episode we interview recent LASD Academy graduate, now Officer Jen L. She'll describe her DQ and hiring experiences and what the academy was like.  You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: www.policebackground.net
01:26:37
October 08, 2021
Ep. 19 - Let's Navigate The PHS!
In this episode we talk about the dreaded PHS, application, PHQ...whatever it's called by different agencies. The PHS has been the downfall of many an applicant. We try to help you navigate the most important parts of this crucial part of the process. You're now able to support our podcast! Monthly donations: https://anchor.fm/pdbackgrounds/support One-time donations: https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VM6AE5B2A6VF2 Go here for background consultation information: https://www.policebackground.net
01:20:00
September 24, 2021
Ep. 18 - Applicant Roundtable: We Answer Your Questions!
We're joined by police applicant Jeff, who lives in New England. He tells us about his journey and we answer listener questions about the hiring process! Shout-outs included! Go here to learn about Police Background Consultations
01:27:24
September 10, 2021
Ep. 17 - The Psych Evaluation w/Dr. Nicole Vienna
In this episode we discuss the dreaded psych written and oral interview with noted forensic psychologist Dr. Nicole Vienna. Join us we learn about the psychological portion of police hiring. Dr. Vienna's website: www.vpg-corp.com Police Applicant Consultations: www.policebackground.net
01:07:17
August 27, 2021
Ep. 16 - How To Stand Out As a Candidate
Veteran LAPD Training Officer John Negrete shares tips to make you look your best as an applicant. From the oral interview to ride-alongs to physical fitness. We cover a lot in this episode.  Police Applicant Background Consultations at Policebackground.net
55:31
August 13, 2021
Ep. 15 - "I Am Blue Line Family"
In this episode we discuss the fears, challenges, and struggles faced by cops and those who love them. Our special guest is Jen (a police spouse) who talks about relationships, family life, and everything in between.  Get hired! Police Applicant Consultations at Policebackground.net
01:24:16
July 30, 2021
Ep. 14 - A Day In The Life: Homicide Detective
In this episode we'll take you on a ride along with veteran retired LAPD homicide Detective Dave Escoto. Dave was a Detective III and supervised a squad of murder detectives for many years. We talk about what it takes to become a detective and what you'll need to to prep if you want to become one. Get your Police Background Investigation Consultation at Policebackground.net
01:14:59
July 16, 2021
Ep. 13 - DQ'd for 4 Years!
In this episode we interview Chris J who tried over and over again after being DQ'd several times over four years. He finally got hired. Listen to his story and you'll know you can do it, too. Chris J's websites: https://bluecoatmusic.org/ Chris J's Blog: https://burdenbeyondthebadge.com/ Podcast: The Fallen But Not Forgotten Podcast Get your police background consultation at Policebackground.net
01:15:41
July 02, 2021
Ep. 12 - Academy Fail to Victory!
In this episode we interview retired Glendale (CA) PD officer Minerva Gaines who failed one test at the LAPD academy, was released, and didn't quit! She went on to become a police officer, background investigator, and now big city investigator. This is a great comeback story! Police background investigation consultations at www.policebackground.net
01:05:22
June 18, 2021
Ep. 11 - Meeting the Background Investigator
Your BI called you for the Meet & Greet Interview. This can be nerve racking! You'll be prepared because we break down everything you need to know about this interview. Get your background consultation today at www.policebackground.net
01:03:23
June 04, 2021
Ep. 10 - Sgt. Betsy Smith: The Police Exodus - Applicants Stay On Course!
In this episode we talk with Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith (ret.) about the mass exodus from police departments and what applicants need to do to keep pursuing their dream. Sgt. Smith is a renowned police trainer and spokesman for The National Police Association. She retired in 2009 after a 29 year career with an Illinois police department. Learn more about Sgt. Smith at https://nationalpolice.org/sgt-betsy-brantner-smith/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw4v2EBhCtARIsACan3nzMP79HY9VBTTo4JQRf0kgIA00lAz1L8ntBduNgzVL_V3da5RNZCoQaAlkqEALw_wcB Police Background Consultations at https://www.policebackground.net
01:04:01
May 21, 2021
Ep. 9 - The DQ
What can get you disqualified? In this episode we talk about issues that can knock you out of the process. Our special guest is Steve Gould, former LAPD background investigator and host of the Things Police See podcast.  The Things Police See Podcast: www.thingspolicesee.com Police Applicant Background Consultations: www.policebackground.net
01:34:02
May 07, 2021
Ep. 8 - The Academy Drill Instructor
In this episode we interview Will who is a Southern California police officer and RTO (Tac Officer/Drill Instructor) at the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier, California. We know you'll enjoy this episode! Are you ready for your background investigation? Make sure at www.policebackground.net
46:46
April 23, 2021
Ep. 7 - The Academy
Six months in the academy. In this episode we interview Michael who is a December 2020 police academy graduate from Massachusetts. He's now on patrol. He gives us insight into how his life changed once he stepped on the Black Line. Police Background Consultations: www.policebackground.net
01:05:49
April 09, 2021
Ep. 6 - Preparing For The Academy w/Sean Thompson
In this episode we discuss what it takes to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the academy. Our special guess is Sean Thompson who is a police officer and fitness trainer. Sean and his wife own Nine Realms Athletics. You can learn more at their website: www.ninerealmsathletics.com To learn more about getting prepared for your background investigation go to www.policebackground.net
01:04:28
March 26, 2021
Ep. 5 - Social Media & The Police Applicant
Can social media be the death of the your dreams to become a police officer? In this episode we delve into the pitfalls of social media and how to avoid common mistakes. Get prepped for the background investigation at www.policebackground.net
01:00:52
March 12, 2021
Ep. 4 - The Polygraph Examination
The poly drives candidates crazy! On this episode we interview Gil Witte who is a subject matter expert in polys. Christine and Ken get all the answers about one of the toughest tests for police candidates. Find out more about Gil Witte at www.gilwitte.com For your Background Consultation with Ken Roybal go to www.policebackground.net
01:03:45
February 26, 2021
Ep. 3 - You Lie, You Die
In this episode Ken and Christine tackle dishonesty. What's a lie? What's an honest mistake? What happens if you just forgot? Join us as we talk about all the hard questions.  Go to www.policebackground.net for your background consultation. 
01:02:00
February 13, 2021
Ep. 2- The Oral Interview
In this episode we interview retired LAPD Officer Caroline Zavala who is a Subject Matter Expert in police oral interviews. Caroline was the recruitment officer the LAPD would rely on to coach applicants who failed their entry level interview. She also consults with applicants so they can pass their interview. Police Applicant Consulting at www.policebackground.net
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January 30, 2021
Ep. 1 - Trailer
Here we go! Find out all about the police hiring process and background investigations! Join veteran police background investigator Ken Roybal and future applicant Christine Rouff as they explain what the podcast is all about.  Find out more about your background investigation prep & review at https://www.policebackground.net
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January 16, 2021