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In the Chill of the Night

July 26, 2022

Why read?

In April of this year, Ray wrote an article entitled Three Ways that Every Leader Can Experience a Thousand Lives

https://therffactor.substack.com/p/three-ways-that-every-leader-can

The article focused on the value of reading for aspiring leaders as well as those seeking to keep the edge in thei…

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In May, George Belsky wrote an article entitled, “Our legacies in the water bucket,” found at

https://therffactor.substack.com/p/our-legacys-in-the-water-bucket

It is a must read for leaders who at sometime or another will be moving on when their time on the center stage is done.

On this leade…

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July 5, 2022

To be or to do

At some time or another, an aspiring leader will inevitably face the question on whether one should “be leader” or “do leader.” It is an age old question that John Boyd, considered the grandfather of maneuver warfare and creator of the OODA loop, would routinely discuss with his acolytes. Join Geor…

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June 30, 2022

Why NIBIN never forgets!

arlier this week, Pete Gagliardi posted an article on the RF Factor Substack entitled, “NIBIN never forgets: So what?” https://therffactor.substack.com/p/nibin-never-forgets

Today, listen to him describe what prompted him to write that post. He talks about the Hazel Love unsolved murder case from…

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Welcome to Episode 20 of In the Chill of the Night. In this episode, George and Pete, with a brief cameo appearance from Ray, are joined by former ATF Senior Executive Carlos Canino - two-time Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, and Medal of Valor awardee.

First things first though.

We …

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In this leadership short, join George and Ray as they discuss how the absence of leadership, the absence of competence, the absence of honesty, the absence of being able to look forward, and the absence of inspiration is much easier to see by subordinates than leadership itself. They cover the impo…

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June 22, 2022

RF Factor | David Cooper

Setting the Tone

Engine out - the “helo” was going down. The Seal Team remained silent as they plummeted toward their death. In that darkest of hours - seconds really - one exclaimed: At least we won’t have to clean our guns tonight. Laughter broke out in the cabin. It …

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She’s a King whose subjects are forensics

In this RF Factor Podcast, Dr. Rachel Bolton-King, Associate Professor, at Staffordshire University, joins Ray and Pete in a discussion of the challenges facing the entire criminal justice system when it comes to processing comprehensive, accurate, and ti…

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Welcome to Episode 19 of In the Chill of the Night. In this episode, Ray and George are joined by Kevin Grogan, a former Savannah Chatham Metro Homicide Cop. Kevin provides a gritty perspective of what it is like to suppress violent crime in Savannah. While Savannah is known for its quaint southern…

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June 17, 2022

RF Factor | Sasha Larkin

From ballet bar to patrol car to command bars

She took a path less traveled in leaps and bounds from professional ballet dancer to top cop. Listen, and be inspired, just as Ray and Pete were, as Sasha Larkin, Deputy Chief, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, puts the CP in the word COP. Her passion is …

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Chris Bellavita, is a professor from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His practitioner expertise in security planning combined with his academic insight have made him a national treasure as it relates to inspiring public safety leaders throughout the nation.…

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Frank Fernandez, a career law enforcement officer, provides some personal perspectives on how the various leadership roles he’s filled - as Deputy Police Chief, Police Chief, Public Safety Director, and IACP Committee Chairman - affected his leadership style and growth.

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Join Pete and Ray as they speak with Thomas Martinelli, J.D., M.S. as they discuss Constitutional Policing, intelligence-led policing, and leadership.

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June 14, 2022

RF Factor | Rob Troyer

Join Pete and Ray as they speak with Bob Troyer, former USA from Colorado, about gun violence, leadership, and innovation.

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The tragic events of September 11th, and the lessons learned in the wake of that terrorist attack will always be at the core of the RF Factor. Preparedness requires innovation, leadership and relentless follow up, and of course the unsung heroes that are willing to risk much to challenge the status…

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June 14, 2022

RF Factor | Ron Brooks

Join Ray and Pete as they interview a true law enforcement national legend, Ron Brooks as he describes what it takes to advance nationwide initiatives by leveraging disparate and diverse leadership groups..

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Our good friend and mentor Mike King from @Profiling Evil gave us a tremendous shout out here. We are grateful for his kind words about @In the Chill of the Night and the @RF Factor.

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Welcome to “In the Chill of the Night”, Episode 17 with special guest Lou Valoze, former ATF Agent and long-term undercover agent.

Join George and Ray as Lou takes them on a trip down memory lane, from his “lost in space” years in college, to a paper-pusher job that bored him, to the ah-ha mome…

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Welcome to Episode 18 of In the Chill of the Night. In this episode, Ray and George are joined by Guest Ken Croke, a former ATF undercover Agent who infiltrated the Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in New York and became a patched member and Sergeant at Arms. A very unique achievement indeed, to be ab…

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A few months back, ATF Special Agent Pete Forcelli, now retired, introduced us to the ultra violent Sex Money Murder Gang that terrorized a Bronx Housing project some years ago. As a follow up to that 6th episode of "In the Chill of the Night '', we rejoin Pete and the guy who wrote the book, Sex M…

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A few months back, ATF Special Agent Pete Forcelli, now retired, introduced us to the ultra violent Sex Money Murder Gang that terrorized a Bronx Housing project some years ago. As a follow up to that 6th episode of "In the Chill of the Night '', we rejoin Pete and the guy who wrote the book, Sex M…

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Join Ray and Derek Maltz, former DEA Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations Division, as they discuss the nation’s fentanyl crisis and how social media, cartel greed, China, trends in trafficking patterns, and the potency of this drug have created the perfect deadly storm leaving grievin…

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“We went back to the house with a search warrant this time. The suspected child abuser was upstairs in his bedroom. His mother called up to him - that we were back to speak to him. He yelled down. It struck me that the tone of his voice was markedly different from our visit just hours ago and that …

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On April 20, 1995, life would drastically change for Patrolman Rich Norcross of Haddon Heights Police. Within moments of him executing a warrant, he lost his brother, his partner, and much of his own blood at the hands of a barricaded subject. Yet, despite the worst day of his life, which included …

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