The country is divided right now. Plain & Simple. The people, especially minorities, don’t trust law enforcement and law enforcement is fearful and judgementasl about the public. We bring in Dr. Wafeeq Sabir, retired police officer and scholar along with criminal defense attorney David Sloane to give us their insight. Paul and Bryan interview protestors at the No More Rally in Fort Worth and Former FW Police Chief and Founder of Hope4Blue.org Jeffrey Halstead calls in with some profound words about the current state of policing.
Guest Host: Wes Parks, Licensed Professional Counselor
I have worked with diverse problems that have included mood issues, anxiety problems, stress management, anger management, relationship problems, social skills training, sexual trauma, pervasive developmental issues, ADHD, PTSD, meditation and mindfulness, and personality disorders. I have specialized training and expertise in neuropsychological assessment, including specialized diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Additionally, I have experience working in the forensic arena in terms of psychological assessment, court-ordered counseling, sentencing/mitigation investigations and trial consulting.
David Sloan, Attorney
Before attending law school, David Sloane was a Police Lieutenant with a strong background in criminal investigations and crime scene analysis. He has authored many written procedures followed by law enforcement agencies today. He has taught basic and advanced courses in many police academies. He is well known and respected throughout North-Central Texas. Area police officers view David Sloane as such a formidable opponent in the courtroom, they seek him when they or a friend or family member needs an attorney. David Sloane is regularly on call through the two largest police associations in the state to respond to the scene of major accidents and police involved shootings to represent the legal interests of their members.
Dr. Wafeeq Sabir, Scholar/Professor
Dr. Wafeeq Sabir is a recognized scholar practitioner and a retired police officer of 25 years from the Fort Worth Police Department. He is a published author, serves as a religious diversity facilitator for the Department of Justice, and a former gang expert witness for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office. Dr. Sabir has served on several committees and boards regarding juvenile justice reform, gang intervention, cultural diversity, and Islamic administration. Dr. Sabir has been interviewed on numerous radio, television, and online programs, including Trinity Broadcasting Network, Nickelodeon, and ESPN. He is a long standing supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Women’s Safe Haven, Tarrant County Safe City Commission, and Meals on Wheels. Dr. Sabir is a regular speaker at regional and national criminal justice conferences. He is the past-President of the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Black Police Association and is an adjunct sociology professor at Tarrant County College and an Associate Faculty member with the University of Phoenix. He holds a Master of Arts in Psychology/Sociology and a PhD in Criminal Justice from Capella University.
Call In Guests:
Retired Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead
The Halstead Group, LLC was established in July, 2014 by Jeff Halstead, (then) Chief of Police in Fort Worth, Texas. Chief Halstead was the first major city Chief of Police to advance the “body-worn” camera technology into a major police agency after a lengthy trial program in 2010. Chief Halstead experienced some of the most challenging police headlines in his first year as Chief of Police in Fort Worth and quickly discovered that “if we had video” of exactly what happened on all sides of these issues, it would greatly reduce and possibly eliminate the stress within the police department and most importantly, the strained relationships within the Community.
By working closely with the Fort Worth Police Officer’s Association (Union), they drafted an excellent policy that was supported by the police officers wearing these paradigm-shifting cameras. Of course there were so many other areas where Chief Halstead exhausted himself such as gaining political support to purchase such trending technology, gaining community buy-in from areas where the Police were not trusted, financing this technology, especially “data storage” for the long-term, convincing an internal I.T. Department that using “Evidence.com” (Cloud storage) was the only way to safely secure the digital videos, etc. After years of hard work, this technology began to change the policing culture and communities were demanding their agencies to follow suit.
Chief Halstead agreed to help any Chief that wanted to implement this technology and in the large purchasing contract with Taser International, he secured 400 more cameras at no cost to the City if he agreed to speak at various police conferences in the coming months. The City Manager agreed and the City Council unanimously approved this contract acting as the Crime Control and Prevention District Board (CCPD). Chief Halstead’s presentations were so greatly received and the demand for other speaking engagements started to pile up in his office so, he created his own police consulting firm called “The Halstead Group, LLC”.
Founded in Texas and also registered as an LLC in Nevada for other projects, Chief Halstead retired as Chief of Police from the Fort Worth Police Department on January 9th, 2015. In late February of this same year, he was hired as a Consultant with TASER International, focusing on increasing the branding and acceptance of AXON body-worn cameras and Evidence.com ‘Cloud’ storage solutions. Also in February, Chief Halstead was a peer expert and testified at the White House for President Obama’s “21st Century Community Policing” Task Force, sharing his knowledge, policy experience, and technology implementation advice for the Department of Justice.
Today, Chief Halstead has shared his experience in over 30 states in America, and has presented his knowledge in Canada, Poland, Abu Dhabi, London, Manchester U.K., and Paris, France.
Most importantly, in late 2015 after watching the police profession remain under attack both in the media as well as officers being targeted, shot, and some even killed, Chief Halstead founded a National Nonprofit supporting every police officer in America called “HOPE4BLUE”.
The goal of HOPE4BLUE is simple: B.L.U.E.: Backing Law enforcement Unites Everyone. All of us in America need to support the great men & women serving in our communities! We cannot even imaging what our cities would look like if our police officers did not have our support…and if we did not give them HOPE. The Halstead Group, LLC is the operations manager for the nonprofit and handles all of the business decisions so the 5-member Board of Directors can focus on supporting the Police Profession.