Stories Behind the Badge

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This Week’s Episode:

Gang investigations, patrol, and internal affairs--those are just a few positions my guest today has held during his 16-year career as a law enforcement officer. During his career, Garrett TeSlaa has lived a life of stories, lots of which he can’t share, yet storytelling has infused his profession in some surprising ways.

Why in the world would anyone want to even go into law enforcement with such scrutiny on that profession right now? Does storytelling belong within the law enforcement profession? How do people misinterpret the power of story, especially misunderstandings communications between police officers and the public? Garrett answers these questions and more during our fascinating conversation!

We discuss the number one obstacle facing cops and the communities they serve right now, the type of officers most reluctant or best equipped to deal with that obstacle, and what departments need to do to confront the issue. Garrett also shares a time where story served as an unexpected opportunity to build trust on the job and walks through how he uses a storytelling tool I taught him that you can put into practice immediately.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • How story can build trust and value for others in need
  • What law enforcement today faces as its biggest challenge
  • How people misinterpret the power of story

Who is Garrett?

Garrett TeSlaa left behind a successful career in music and film in 2005 for a career in public service. He graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and obtained his Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Public Sector Management.

For 16 years, he’s served on active duty as an officer of the law in southern California. Garrett has held assignments in patrol, community relationships, gang investigations, media relations, and internal affairs, among others. He’s also found himself involved in several critical events that brought international press attention. Currently, he hosts The Squad Room, a podcast geared towards personal development for first responders.

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LTC (Ret.) SCOTT MANN
Green Beret, Entrepreneur,
Trainer, TEDx Speaker

"Storytelling is an art form - and Kymberlee Weil is the master! I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the most talented creatives in the world, and Kymberlee is close to the top of that list. Her approach to storytelling is game changing."
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JULIAN REEVE
TEDx Speaker, Author, Ex-Music Director of HAMILTON

"Kymberlee -- a veteran of the TED community -- helped me tremendously in the weeks leading up to my {TED} talk and afterwards. She is a true master of her trade and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and learn from her."
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JUNA KOLLMEIER
Astrophysicist, TED Speaker

"...Going into that red circle at TEDx...Kymberlee made that move effortless and exciting. As a former Green Beret, I have followed a lot of quality leaders and coaches, and I would follow Kymberlee anywhere… Especially into the red circle."
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LTC (Ret.) SCOTT MANN
Green Beret, Entrepreneur, Trainer, TEDx Speaker