Tier Talk: Which job is more dangerous, corrections or police?

There is an age old question that haunts the field of law enforcement



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There is an age old question that haunts the field of law enforcement. What profession is more dangerous: police, or corrections?  Let's see if we can come up during tonight's debate.

Today on Tier Talk, host Anthony Gangi sits down with Keith Hellwig and discusses what profession is more dangerous: police or corrections.

Keith Hellwig has been in law enforcement and corrections for over 35 years. He started as a corrections officer and worked his way up through the ranks to captain. As an officer, he has served on hostage extraction teams, emergency response units, cell extraction teams, hostage negotiations teams, and has taught communications techniques and hostage survival skills at the corrections training academy.

As a lieutenant, and later as a captain, he was an emergency response team leader and trainer, a hostage negotiations team leader and took command of a sniper team. He was a certified instructor in defense tactics, firearms and chemical agents. He worked in three different corrections facilities, and is currently a line captain at a state maximum security facility.

Keith obtained his formal education at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as well as Fox Valley Technical College. He received State certification as a law enforcement officer and has worked as a patrol officer for three different agencies, as well as obtaining a full-time position for a local County, holding the rank of Lieutenant.

He retired from the county after 30-years accumulated service, then returned to the State as a Captain. He continues to hold that position, as well as holding the rank of police officer II for a local community. In his down-time, Keith likes to write, and has had numerous pieces published in newspapers and professional publications. Keith has been married for over 35 years, and has two daughters and two granddaughters.

No Place Like Home is his first book. In it, he hopes to convey the humanity not only of the inmates, but also that of the officers who are all too often portrayed as brutal, non-caring persons. In No Place Like Home, there are no stereo-typical officers. There are no Die Hard type heroics, no liquor swilling buffoons and no over the top, brilliant intellectual inmates. Rather, there are people, from both side of the fence, all with one thing in common: they just want to go home.

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