Conversations With Behind The Badge 060318

Monday, June 4th


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Welcome to conversations. I can get at least and that we are so excited to have a local sergeant. From the Monroe police department sergeant Brian Johnston who's also. The president. Of the behind the badge foundation Brian we're so excited to have you on the show today I know you're super busy guys so thank you for taking time to talk to us. Well thank you dear I'm excited to be here as well. Tell us. Is behind the badge foundation and what is your mission statement. No I actually started about twenty years ago Tom and our job was banned too. Build a memorial where the long course mobsters into Washington little very few weeks did not out an actual official state memorial. And we set out with a number of talented individuals. To build this memorial and it took us a little bit of time we've learned so many lessons but on the way we also found. That there order a number. Holes or gaps within. The support structures along or an officer's. And their families in and by extension their department Sunday in their communities. Especially when all the years. Are separate and sort of tragedy and so. As we moved through very unique partnership with the state of Washington to build but we believe that beautiful memorial on the capitol campus. We also sort of looking at some of those things that we were in a position. Can help in so what we try to be and our mission is to beat the trust resource. For a number of law enforcement and and we need him especially around this kind of trauma or scratchy New York or significant meter La. This memorial on the capitol campus sounds amazing I can't believe that I haven't seen it I'm sure everyone is listening today's thinking gosh have got to get there and and go visit this can you tell me when it was built in and what we'll see won't we go this it this memorial. Kirk we like incredibly occur along Conn that would actually had a very good relationship with Soviet today with the state of Washington apple campus. Weak finish construction in 2000. And learn again how much. The deciding hand the location of the memorial who we couldn't be happier with it is actually located at footsteps. Of the template justice. Overlooking the Puget Sound looking over the in Budd inlet and some of the most beautiful vistas that is on the cap look you know crush its bite away one of the most visited spot on the capitol campus but you have to know where to look like and so we worked really hard to create this memorial and like I say 2006 we get Utica memorial. And today we still have a very unique relationship Christina Washington where we. She can make sure that it is and today it has pristine condition hesitate that we we dedicated. I'm seeing here that there are 313. Names engraved on the young real dating back to 1854. And the memorial inscription I love this is their duty was to serve our duty. Is to remember. We've very emotional by that you all the time the man. Many of the things that we do our extension of the out of that phrase at. It's our duty to remember and so from that brings the we have done beyond the actual building of the memorial is a substantial amount of support for survivor at least we we define as survivor. As somebody who's directly connected Q along personal streak and ultimately duty and our survivors that are white and arrogant mean we we typically think about other survivors. Really as those close family members but they also can be coworkers. Cousins are obviously turned on so we have a variety of programs services. That help. To facilitate agree journey for one thing and to connect many of these people that like colossus together and Ian either. Specifically to their lots more much greater actually do a lot of friendship and pierce support in and outward activities you know pro and take in all of our survivor kids fishing or a weekend. To. Some of our culture Irish went. A couple weeks ago that you. A local Chris Murray and can edit data can cheat we try to build news Hanley units back together and help them. To rely on each other in some ways as well and it will be at the organization that are out there we work hand in hand with how people treat their tragedies can and not just a short term but in the long term as well. We're talking with sergeant Brian Johnston the president of the behind the dads. Foundation and even talking about the survivor support program but you also have a line of duty death response team can you tell us about that. Yeah we've noted in Washington is that law enforcement are not covered. Under the department that they were in other words. Outside of whatever financial issues that come up during a line of duty get out kind of like an L and I respond. Those costs are borne by Hamlet didn't think that we noticed last many years ago there were a number of Russia would respond to these all are up to show the officers. Honor Hutu really try to to honor those hop dancers but what we found that we were doing was. Did the honors were. Taking a greater importance over the family's wishes comments so. We came up where any format to make sure that we were honoring the scrambling wishes. Both legally and morally we have a duty to them. And at the same time be able to show those honors for the boxers who have lost their lives in the line of duty on top of that we came up with the a program that you will. It has been adopted. And at least two different states have passed us to train them to do the one DD that's response in the manner we get it sent incident management team that is very subject specific oriented. And we have in the years responded to. Between fifty and sixty. Line of duty guests as well as many other deaths that occur within the department have great impact unexpected deaths or or suicides that significant impact on the department so we go is invited guests. To the department we don't make any assumptions we are there to work for this family happened. Direction of the department. To help them through those times and we supplement the department's ability by our specific knowledge and our resources. Since we've been involved in Alaska would. Twenty years we've been involved. No family has ever had to pay any amount of money. For any service related a lot of duty to and that includes from some of those smaller services the white you know. You know this small community area to some of the services that you see. Over the last 1012 years that error in large scale of it venues like the Key Arena or that common don't. If you're listening to conversations today. You've joined us and we're talking to sergeant Brian Johnston from Amarillo police department he's also the president. The behind the badge foundation and yeah behind the badge you have a resource center as well two can you tell us about them. Yeah however we what we found is that there are many issues that are survivors face. From just not knowing. How did you look at the situation or not having an understanding. What benders or what contractors might be out there. That they can try construction to become a huge issue. And you don't want somebody to be taken on and at the other end about. We also knew that that there might be a need for continuous counseling and so in pretty bad information out what we were able to do us. Focus on some direct energies to helping our Stanley slipped a colossal and duty. But we are also are able to extend a lot of that information. To the general law enforcement world you know as far as how to cope with greet and a Coke was. Issues surrounding locks were not expect that locks me in so we've taken that resource center that is that is specific and direct it. To our families and survivors but we've also allowed. I'm number of those pieces of the services scorer for our law enforcement acted law enforcement officers and their families as well. Seal also have a law enforcement. Family network is that connected to the resource center. It is it is the one person and we networking model out of the time of great tragedies. And years ago just almost two years ago. We suffered a number of losses me in Washington State has some of those losses. Work targeted at our ballparks and officer's hand there was there was a need to try to draw in our assemblies in a way. Across the state debt that we could help build the support capacity. And also rely upon. Our our law enforcement analyst. When when everybody else is in the town and so we're able to do. Let's come up with a way to interconnect some of these very and formal and we groups that are within departments like a secret sort orbit it threatens. I'm always true to some of these very highly. Highly organized department. Get the support units and we connected them throughout the state in a number of ways see annually for the last seven years we've had. Eighty conference for a law enforcement and we network. Families. There where we bring in state level speaker excuse me national level speakers treaty a lot of time proper socialization. And we tackle some really big contracts and without charge if we take a weekend and they usually bounces back and put across state school and to the central part of the state whether it's. Columns burglar when they achieved till it's part of the stating you read in Seattle Vancouver. I'm Everett so so we've been all over the state and we try to bring you this information. The easiest way possible so that that we can build the capacity. Or are fairly astute to build the strength within the calm so that wasn't what we face. A tragedy that we have each other to lean on. There's so much great work that you're doing with a behind the badge foundation. And old people are probably listening going how can I get involved how can I donate. And help because the police are here to protect and serve eyes and as citizens I'm sure there's a lot of people listening. I'll take you perhaps now there's a lot of different ways we have are these are the donations and and the number of fundraisers and probably the easiest and most visible way he has we have elections quite that Washington who of course memorial. License plate you know directly on polarization. In and after you purchase your purse like it's quite it's thirty dollars a year and and we. Twenty dollars of that for each license plate and has and that happens like something so simple. And it really is so simple it provides us with a fairly constant stream our country so that we can continue to grow we can eat services. Yet it is almost seamless or an individual to get that I can quite. And it is also tax deductible. Is there a way that they can reach out to you online. Sure it's WWW. Behind the badge foundation dot org we just redid our web site we're pretty happy with that it's got a lot of the commissioner. Including some things that that are related to the event that the public can participate. You've been listening to conversations and as sergeant Brian Johnston the president of the behind the badge foundation which we found. House so many wonderful things that you were doing in the community dis is such great work in if you want. To help today you can get one of their Washington State law enforcement memorial license plates almost all of the money. Goes back to behind the badge foundation and also you can reach out to them online at behind the badge foundation. Dot org Bryant and you know you're a busy guy use seems like you worked two full time jobs here so we thank you for taking time out of your busy data tells all about. The behind the backs she. I'll thank Katy and I enjoyed speaking with you and thanks to some what you I'm Deanna Lee and this is conversations.