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Things Police See: Firsthand Accounts

Former Massachusetts police officer Steve Gould interviews a variety of law enforcement officers about their most intense moments on the job. Shocking moments, humorous moments and terrifying moments are recalled by the officers that experienced them. Meet the variety of personalities that make up the police and get to know them on a personal level. You couldn’t make these stories up if you tried.

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Jul 12, 2023

Really fun interview with cop turned psychologist, Josh Vander Zwaag! Josh is now dedicated to helping first responders through his new career! 
Walnut Creek Psychiatry
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Josh Vander Zwaag, LMSW, served as a police officer with the Ames Iowa police department from 2009 - 2021. During those years he primarily worked the patrol shift from 3 PM - 11 PM. During his career Josh received a Life Saving award (2018), Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Award (2017), and a Meritorious Service Award (2016).
A year and a half into his career, Josh was involved in an OIS and throughout his career was involved in many other incidents that not only challenged him as an individual and shaped his life, but also changed his perspective on mental health. After realizing a need for additional mental health providers and witnessing failures and inconsistencies within the mental health system, Josh decided he wanted to do something that would help make a difference in his community. Despite working a high demanding job, having a family, and being involved in his children’s extra-curricular activities, he enrolled in graduate school. Josh received his Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2021 and now works for Walnut Creek Psychiatry in Ames, IA

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