Master Sgt (ret.) Phoenix Police – Steve Wamsley M.Ed – Episode 56

Master Sergeant Steve Wamsley retired from the police force after 39 years. Steve joins me to share a perspective as a leader of men, an educator and a retired police officer with the City of Phoenix.


Sergeant Wamsley’s knowledge, skills and abilities include supervision of narcotics, prostitution and auto theft operations along with property crime investigations. Sergeant Wamsley has experienced several critical incidents in his career and has been involved in multiple “line of duty shootings.” As a result of his experiences, he was able to assist in establishing the first Critical Incident Stress Management Team for the Phoenix Police Department, and is currently one of the most tenured members in its 30 year existence.


Sergeant Wamsley’s specialty is now Stress Management, delivering a dynamic presentation for newly appointed police officers. Other topics of instruction include mental illness, post-shooting stress and problem solving. He was a volunteer grief counselor for New Song, an organization working with families dealing with the loss of loved ones.


Sergeant Wamsley developed and instructs a Stress Management presentation, delivering it to police groups, fire departments, first responders, and the private sector and citizens within his community. He holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. 


Some of the topics Sergeant Wamsley and I speak about in this podcast are: 

  • The Thin Blue Line
  • The daily work of a police officer
  • The analogy of sheep and sheepdogs
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Defunding the police
  • Human behavior
  • Police departments
  • How police policy is created


This episode is episode one of two. The second will highlight more of Sergeant Wamsley’s experience. If you’re a part of a department and need an educational lecture, look to get Sergeant Wamsley in for your team; whether it be police, fire, first responders, educators, civic or church functions. His experience reaches all of humanity. He’s a gentleman and a scholar. I hope you enjoy this episode.