Law Enforcement w/Mr. Zach Fortier, Major Kelly Jones, Ms. Regan Jones, and Dr. Eli Karem

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Tonight’s guests are Mr. Zach Fortier, Major Kelly Jones, Regan Jones, and Dr. Eli Karem.

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Mr. Zach Fortier began his career with six years in the Air Force as an MP and did a tour in Saudi Arabia.  He completed the majority of his work in Odgen, Utah.  Mr. Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence, and sex crimes as an investigator.  He also suffers from PTSD as a result of the stressors of work.

Major Kelly Jones is currently assigned as the Commander of the Special Operations Division. There are 14 units under his command, including units such as SWAT, HNT, K-9, Air Unit, Bomb Squad, River Patrol Special Events and the LMPD Traffic Unit.  In 1987, he began his career in law enforcement with the former Louisville Division of Police (LPD). As a Major, Jones commanded the Third Division before taking over Special Operations.

Eli Karam, Ph.D., LMFT is a clinician specializing in couple and family therapy and maintains a private practice in Louisville, KY. Eli is currently the President for the Kentucky Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (KAMFT) and an Assistant Professor in the Family Therapy Program in the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. There he conducts research on couple and family relationships, teaches and supervises therapists-in-training. Dr. Eli also educates the public through various television and radio appearances.

Planned topics for discussion:

  • How are today’s cops different from when you started 30 years ago?
  • What are the changes you have seen in police work in the past 30 years? What would you like to see changed?
  • How has working as a cop changed your perspective on crime?  How about courts and prisons?
  • Should there be hasher penalties in the justice system?
  • How did you and your colleagues deal with the everyday stress of the job?
  • Is there anything not being taught in law enforcement academics that you feel should be mandatory?
  • What are your views about police brutality?  Do you think it is ever warranted?
  • What is your perspective on what can be done to turn kids away from the gang lifestyle?
  • What is your opinion about the school shootings, and now stabbings, both in primary and higher learning institutions?
  • What do you think we should do to deal with these shootings?
  • Are there any cases that stick out in your mind more than others?
  • Why did you not want recognition for meritorious acts while on the force?
  • What did you consider a “good day” on shift?
  • Your next book in the works is about the original founder of the Crips gang in Los Angeles.  What can you tell me about that?

Related topics:

Law enforcement in the United States  (Wikipedia article)

Crime in the United States  (Wikipedia article)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder  (Medline plus article and links)

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