|Safe Call Now with Gayland & Charlie at the Undercover Conference|
Over the last seven years I've had the honor to have an open invitation to speak at The International Association of Undercover Officers conferences nationwide. Charlie Fuller (my "Bo") has been a mentor to me and adviser on how to help the undercover officers when life goes bad for them and they require treatment. Imagine a job where you get paid to drink, lie, drive cool cars and basically do whatever you want? Not a bad gig... until you come home to the real world and deal with life.
One thing I've learned while training undercover officers and placing them into treatment that to do well in the profession, you sometimes become the "lie". Think about it? In order to achieve the objective in whatever undercover role you adopt, you become an actor. To stay alive you become adept at becoming a great role player. If you get caught in a lie when undercover there is the potential that you may lose your life so you become an even better liar than those out there lying to you. Getting confusing, yes it can be. The healthy boundaries of life can start getting blurred and obliterated for the undercover.
Imagine if you will, being undercover in a role for a long period of time and all the things you despise about those that commit crimes and you start living in that world and order to be the best, you become them. It happens far more often than you think. Now do this for 10 or 15 years. Once you become the role you play, your family doesn't recognize you anymore. You are no longer the person you were. Admiration and adulation from your bosses and even the bad guys becomes intoxicating and your negative behavior receives valued praise. The "switch" begins.