Roll Call, A CHPD Podcast

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Roll Call, a CHPD Podcast

Launched in March, 2021, Roll Call is a bi-monthly Columbia Heights Police Department podcast featuring CHPD officers and other City employees as they discuss law enforcement, community policing, and public safety topics with special guests. The show is co-hosted by Officers Mohammed Farah, Tabitha Wood (starting with episode five), and Darry Jones (first four episodes), with Columbia Heights Communications Coordinator Ben Sandell.

Episode 8
Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering, currently the only female police chief in Hennepin County, stopped by during Women's History Month to swap stories with Columbia Heights Investigator Tabitha Wood and Officer Shelby Tombers about women leadership in policing and the advantages and challenges of being a woman in law enforcement. This is part 1 of their conversation. Check back soon for part 2.

Episode 7
In episode 7 we talk with Eileen Sowry, LICSW, the CHPD's new embedded social worker. In this role, Sowry is a part of a co-responding program with the City's officers where she responds in real-time to 911 crisis calls. Last October, the US Department of Justice awarded the CHPD with an incredibly rare grant to fund a full-time social worker stationed at the police department for the next two years. Eileen joins Cpt. Matt Markham, Officer Mo Farah, and Communications Coordinator Ben Sandell in this final episode of our first year to discuss her experience so far in Columbia Heights. Sowry is detailed from the Canvas Health’s Anoka County Mobile Response Team, which provides crisis response to Anoka County residents when residents call (763) 755-3801.

We discuss the City's winter parking rules. We asked residents on our website and social media pages to send in their questions about the parking rules for Chief Lenny Austin and Public Works Director Kevin Hansen to answer.

The CHPD Roll Call team talks with Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo and Anoka County Victim/Witness Services Unit Manager Emily Douglas about the responsibilities of the Anoka County Attorney's Office, particularly how it handles domestic violence cases and how people can seek help in such cases. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is in need of help, find useful resources here. Or call the Alexandra House 24-hour helpline at 763-708-2330. If you're in immediate danger, or see someone who is, call 911. 

Join us as we discuss an exciting partnership between the CHPD and the Adult Basic Education Center. Guests Cpt. Matt Markham and Metro North ABE Program Supervisor Kathleen Moriarty discuss their organizations' work with the National Constitution Center to better educate officers and ABE teachers on a range of historical, legal, and enrichment topics about the United States Constitution and the "Rights and Responsibilities of Community and Police" with the goal to improve civic dialogue and build an ABE curriculum that will be offered to ABE students by December. Officers Mohammed Farah and Darry Jones (on his last day with CHPD) co-host with Columbia Heights Communications Coordinator Ben Sandell. Life Newspaper's Paige Kieffer sat in on this one and threw out a few questions of her own. 

This episode's guests, now retired Sgt. Ted Fischer and new Officer Tony Miller, discuss the process of becoming a police officer now compared to 30 years ago and the differences in technology and training, and share stories about their early experiences. Officers Mohammed Farah and Darry Jones, and Communications Coordinator Ben Sandell, co-host.  

This episode's guest, Officer Tabitha Wood, discusses her experiences as a woman on the police force, and officers Darry Jones, Mohammed Farah, and Wood share their thoughts on work-life balance.

Episode 1
Join CHPD Officers Mohammed Farah and Darry Jones, with Columbia Heights Communications Coordinator Ben Sandell, as they discuss public safety in light of the Derek Chauvin trial, community policing, and CodeRED with special guest Police Chief Lenny Austin in this CHPD podcast pilot episode.