Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team

November 29, 2008
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

Continuing with the theme of healing from violence, abuse or trauma using non-traditional methods, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone’s guest this week is author Lisa Lockwood, who healed from her battle scars by making life choices that challenged her and enabled her to find her inner warrior. Physically abused by her father, emotionally abused by her first husband, Lisa charted a unique path to mental health by going from beauty pageant contestant to soldier, to undercover narcotics detective and SWAT team cop. Her book Undercover Angel: From Beauty Queen to SWAT Team tells the story of how she reinvented herself, as she calls it, to a place of happiness, self-confidence and inner peace. Today, she describes herself as the person she was meant to be: a loving, adventurous, nurturing, driven and passionate lady who just happens to know how to storm a crack house. This might not be your path, but the lessons she recounts are important and hopefully inspirational.

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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