Tier Talk Podcast: What COs need to know about the first presidential debate

Anthony Gangi sits down with Captain Keith Hellwig to discuss the first presidential debate and how it could affect corrections



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On September 26, 2016, the champions of both parties stood ready for the first of their three debates. With Hillary Clinton on one side and Donald Trump on the other, history was about to be made. Or, so we thought.

Moderated by Lester Holt, an anchor for NBC Nightly News, a host of important issues were brought to the table and each champion had their chance to present their views and specific plans for the future of our nation.

For those in corrections, their ears went up when talks about privatization, criminal justice reform, and cyber security took center stage.  As each candidate expressed their point of view, corrections was left holding a bag full of nothing. 

In this episode of Tier Talk, Anthony Gangi sits down with Wisconsin State Department of Corrections Captain Keith Hellwig (author of "No Place Like Home") to discuss the first presidential debate and how it could affect corrections. Listen in, and feel free to state your point of view.

About Keith Hellwig
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, and authored "No Place Like Home," a book that finally portrays a true day in the life of a correctional officer. Keith has been married for over 35 years, and has two daughters and two granddaughters.

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