What first got you interested in the paranormal?
I became interested in the paranormal after watching a television special on the topic over 13 years ago. This caused me to visit a location in Alton, Illinois claiming to be the most haunted in America. That is where I, along with other Police Officers, witnessed an apparition dancing in front of us during our visit.
How do you use the skills you learned as a cop to solve paranormal cases?
As police officers, we are trained in analytically examining each crime scene, investigation and calls for service. Our specialized training in interview techniques gives us the edge when interviewing complainants. It allows us to separate fact from fiction and make a reasonable assessment of the allegation. Only after a thorough investigation is completed and any evidence is collected and reviewed, can we make a determination whether paranormal activity exists or a more logical and natural explanation can be applied.
What is the most interesting or disturbing case you’ve ever encountered?
Our group conducted an investigation at a popular restaurant in Galena, Illinois where paranormal activity was reported. During the investigation objects were thrown at two investigators and a lighting fixture that wasn't connected to an electrical source was activated while we were provoking a response. Most disturbing were the EVP's (electronic voice phenomenon) that were collected as evidence. The EVP's were insulting and angry.
How would you convince a skeptic that what you deal with is the real thing?
I would have to take them into an environment with known paranormal activity and have them participate in the collection and review of evidence. When unexplainable evidence is collected is usually produces remarkable responses.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job with the CPD?
Working with true professionals in the business and being able to provide complainants with credible answers to their worries and concerns.
What do your fellow cops think about your night job as a paranormal investigator?
Some have told me that they are skeptics but then usually share and experience they once had that they cannot explain. Most fellow officers want to take a "ride-a-long" and have a true interest in the paranormal.
Can you tell us about a time where your experience with the paranormal has helped you with one of your police investigations?
I can tell you that I look at calls where people are hearing noises in their homes a little closer. Most can be explained through environmental reasons, but some leave you wondering.
What is your personal opinion about what it's like on the other side?
Being religious, I believe that when you allow your soul to cross over into what I call heaven, it is filled with compassion, forgiveness and unequivocal love. I do believe that some souls, for whatever reason don't cross over. This energy remains on earth and carries the personality of the individual when they were alive.
Why do you think some spirits need to communicate with the living?
Rather than speculate, we try to find these answers from them.
What do you hope viewers will take away from Paranormal Cops?
I hope that viewers will see a credible, analytical and believable approach to paranormal investigating.