CJ Evolution Podcast: President and Founder of Shield616 - Jake Skifstad
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In this episode Patrick welcomes Jake Skifstad. Jake is the President and Founder of Shield616. Shield616 was formed with the peace officer on patrol in mind. The goal of this great organization is two-fold. First, they want to equip every first responder with necessary, advanced active shooter / crowd control gear. Second, the want to provide a support group for that first responder who will pray for the first responder and his or her family on a daily basis and show the first responder with support and encouragement throughout the year. Shield616 is very mindful that departments and their limited budgets Not only will all of the gear provided be donated; it will be replaced every five years at no cost to any first responder or department.
Jake was born in Northern Minnesota. From his earliest memories, he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. Growing up, those desires never changed. After graduating high school in 1998, Jake attended Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota. Alex Tech is known nationally for their Law Enforcement training program. While attending Campus Crusade for Christ, Jake met his wife, Jenna. After graduating with an AAS in Criminal Justice, Jake returned to International Falls where he worked part-time with the local police department and sheriff department. In January 2004, Jake was hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department. Jake joined his brother Luke and cousin Dan on the force. Jake held specialized jobs with the Major Accident Unit, Crowd Control Riot Team, and the last 3.5 years attached to the SWAT team. Jake was involved in the active shooter situation at New Life Church in 2007 and the Planned Parenthood active shooter in 2015.
A great conversation with an amazing individual who is doing so much for the brave men and women in law enforcement.
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