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Cops and Writers is an informative, and often humorous podcast primarily for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories. Your host, Sergeant Patrick O'Donnell, worked the street as a cop and sergeant in one of the biggest police departments in America for over 25 years. Now retired, he is an author, consultant, public speaker, and podcaster here to help you write your best crime-related story. O'Donnell will conduct in-depth interviews with members of state, federal, and local law enforcement and civilian experts in police procedure, getting the questions you want to be answered regarding the often misunderstood and misrepresented world of police procedure and police culture. O’Donnell will also interview crime fiction writers and writers from all different genres that have police procedures in their stories on the show. They will discuss what works for them in the ever-changing landscape of book sales and publishing. If you like candid stories told with cop humor and lots of technical details about the world the police live in, come ride along with O'Donnell and his guests as they give you an exclusive peek behind the yellow tape.
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On today’s show, I speak with Dennis Benigno, who is the founder and CEO of Street Cop Training. His law enforcement career began in 2001 at 19 years of age as an NJ Corrections Officer. In 2004, Benigno became a police officer with the US Park Police Dept. in Washington, DC, and in 2005 moved over to the position of a police officer in one of NJ's largest municipalities. He has received multiple awards, including but not limited to Lifesaving, Meritorious Service, Mayor's Award for Excellence in Public Service, Several Letters of Recognition, Leadership awards, and Certificates of Appreciation from several law enforcement organizations.He now leads one of the fastest growing LEO education companies in the country. Dennis is recognized as not only an instructor but as a thought leader and influencer in modern day policing. His outspoken vision of changing law enforcement for the better has struck the hearts of over 150,000 followers on social media platforms alone. He has now partnered with several non-profits and works to provide no cost support to several families.Dennis is also the host of the wildly popular Street Cop Podcast.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Why he was interested in a law enforcement career. ·      His first job in law enforcement working in the jail.·      Why he left law enforcement.·      What he misses the most from his days in uniform on the street.·      Dennis starting the Street Cop Training company. ·      What students should expect from one of his classes. ·      The future of law enforcement.·      His Street Cop Podcast that is currently in the top 2.5 percent of all published podcasts.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Dennis at his Street Cop website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today’s show takes us to the Big Apple. Yes, today we are going to New York City to chat with Author and Police Officer Kevin Sullivan of the NYPD.Kevin “Sully” Sullivan has been with the NYPD for about ten years and is assigned to the transit and counterterrorism unit. Among other things, Kevin is a musician, surfer, and indie author.In today’s episode, we discuss:·      What got him interested in law enforcement. ·      Why did he join the New York Police Department?·      Why he is interested in the transit counterterrorism unit?·      The impact that 9/11 still has on the department and the City of New York.·      His plans for his future in the NYPD. ·      How he started his writing career. ·      His choice to become a self-published author.·      The benefits of writing a book to help you through a tough time in your life.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Come visit Kevin and check out his books on his website!Check out Kevin's Instagram.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today’s show takes us back to the Windy City, The City of Big Shoulders, yes, of course, I’m talking about the place of my birth and where I spent my youth, Chicago. Today we will be speaking with Retired Chief of Detectives of the Chicago Police Department, Eugene Roy.Gene has over 40 years in various law-enforcement roles. He started his career as a dispatcher for the Illinois State Police and later became a narcotics investigator for an agency in another state. He returned to Chicago and joined the Chicago Police Department, rising from Police Officer to Chief of Detectives.During his career with the CPD Gene has been involved in several high-profile cases through the years, ranging from the investigation of a major drug ring on the West Side, the shooting of 13 people–including a 3-year-old child in a Chicago Park, and the murder of a family of 6, including two grade-school-aged children, in their home.Gene also has extensive experience in operations at major events, with an emphasis on Homeland Security. he led police operations during the 2005 White Sox Championship season and World Series. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected him to participate in a Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Training Program in Israel, and he put that training to use by working with various government agencies to secure several high-profile events in the Chicago area.Gene is a firm believer in the “Servant Leadership” and shares his experience at seminars on Wellness and Resiliency for First Responders and their families. He also serves as a volunteer Peer Support for an organization that provides defusing and debriefing services for First Responders in the Northern Illinois area.In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How being a lifelong resident of Chicago helped him in his career as a Chicago Police Officer. ·      How mentors in the Chicago Police Department helped guide him into a career with the CPD.·      His career trajectory with the CPD that started as a police officer and ended with him being the Chief of Detectives.·      His interest in investigations. ·      Being in charge of high-profile cases, including mass casualty situations. ·      Chief Roy’s work helping with other agencies with critical incident briefings.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast. You can find Gene on LinkedIn and Twitter. Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today’s show takes us to the Windy City, The City of Big Shoulders. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the place of my birth and where I spent my youth, Chicago. Today we will be speaking with Pulitzer Prize nominee John Gorman.John Gorman started his journalism career at the storied City News Bureau of Chicago before joining the Chicago Tribune. He spent half of his 26 years at the Tribune as a reporter covering courts, cops, and catastrophes, and was twice a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. As an Assistant City Editor for 13 years, he oversaw the city desk, herding, helping, and harassing reporters. Later, he spent nearly a decade as the Communications Director for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Prior to starting his journalism career, he was in the Peace Corps in India and later worked in Australia and South Africa, and traveled through Europe before returning to the U.S. in 1971.John is also an author and we discuss his debut novel, Death Before Life. In today’s episode we discuss:·      His time in the Peace Corps and traveling around the world as a young man. ·      His interest in journalism and his time as a reporter, then editor for the Chicago Tribune.·      What it was like being on the ‘front lines’ reporting some of the most dangerous stories.·      Close calls and putting himself in harm’s way when getting a story. ·      Being one of the first reporters on the scene of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s home. ·      His debut novel, “Death Before Life.”All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out John's Amazon Author Page!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today’s show marks my 100th episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast!!!I would like to take a minute and thank all of you who support me and the show. My wonderful patrons, everyone who has purchased a book in my Cops and Writers series and my new Brew City Blues series. And, of course, the amazing guests I have had on the show over the last two years. And a big thank you to all of you, my dear listeners who listen and promote this show, I thank you. Speaking of amazing guests, I have four of some of the most popular guests I've had on the show with us today. Retired F.B.I. Special Agent Jerry Williams, Retired Chicago Police Det. Lt. Richard Rybicki, Detective Adam Richardson of the Writers Detective Bureau, and founder of 20 Books to 50K, and LMBPN, Michael Anderle. We exchange ‘war stories’ and give tips and hints for you writers out there. This episode was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. In today’s episode we discuss:·      Some of the most shocking incidents that happened on the job. ·      Amusing stories that happened on the street and inside the police department.·      Heartwarming stories that happened on the job and the human side of policing.·      Author lessons learned in 2022 and what is in store for us in 2023, and how to prepare for these changes. ·      The importance of emotions in your characters, both good and bad. ·      Future and current projects and books that everyone is working on.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Jerri Williams at her webiste!Check out Richar Rybicki's website!Michael Anderle of LMBPN's website!Head on over to Adam Richardson's headquarters!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
On today’s show, we have Morgan Wright. Morgan is currently the co-host/co-producer of the Game of Crimes podcast with Steve Murphy of Narcos fame. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program, taught behavioral analysis at the National Security Agency, and spent a year teaching the FBI how to conduct internet investigations. Besides 18 years in state and local law enforcement as a highly decorated state trooper and detective, Morgan was a technical advisor for the show America’s Most Wanted for 1.5 years. He holds a patent for how to use publicly available information to solve crime, and just received a grant from US DOJ - COPS office - to build the National Center for Open/Unsolved cases. He’s just finished up his first thriller novel and is now working on the second installment.In today’s episode we discuss:·      How Morgan became interested in law enforcement and his early days as a Kansas State Trooper. ·      Morgan’s career as a detective and the successful interview and interrogation techniques that he used.·      Teaching F.B.I. Agents on how to conduct internet investigations.·      His time as an advisor for the television show, America's Most Wanted. ·      Starting the National Center For Open and Unsolved cases. ·      The wildly popular podcast, Game of Crimes.·      Morgan Wright’s new thriller novel. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Morgan at the Game of Crimes website to learn more about him and the show.Check out Murph and Morgan interrogating me on their podcast, Game of Crimes!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
On today’s show, we have author, non-verbal communications expert, and former Police Officer Sean Grogan!Sean Grogan is a former special investigations detective that spent his career with the Woodbridge, N.J. Police Department. Besides spending most of his career in the narcotics unit as a detective, he was also a K-9 handler and gang investigator.Sean has traveled to Europe for advanced training in facial expressions and other non-verbal communication. Sean has also been certified as a trainer for the Body Language Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. Traveling throughout the United States since 2019, Sean provides training to law enforcement on non-verbal communication, giving detectives, officers, investigators, and agents the advanced skills that can be used in a variety of settings. Sean’s classes include ‘Unmasking Hidden Facial Expressions’ & ‘Body Language for Law Enforcement.His book, Beware the Body, gives insight into aggression and aggression detection by utilizing body language. In today’s episode, we discuss:·      Sean's time in Marine Corps Boot Camp on Parris Island during 9/11. ·      Why he became a police officer.·      The job of being a K9 police officer and utilization of K9s in police work.·      His book, “Beware The Body”, Gavin DE Becker's “The Gift of Fear”, and Patrick Van Horne and Shawn Coyle’s book, “Left of Bang.”·      Micro and macro facial expressions. ·      Common examples of body language. ·      When to use and not use non-verbal communication skills with family and friends.·      Are the eyes really the window to a person's soul? All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Come on over to Sean's website to learn more about his work.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
On today's show, we travel to Texas to speak with author, podcaster, and Police Officer David Viergutz!David Viergutz is a disabled Army Veteran, an 8-year law enforcement veteran, the majority in rural Texas, and Field Training Officer. His experience is in drug interdiction, interview/interrogation, and investigations. He is also a mental health investigator and state child abuse investigator.David gives us some unique insights into policing in a small town in Texas.In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How David joined the army at age 16 1/2. He did get his parents' permission. ·      The injury that ended his army career.·      His calling to join law enforcement. ·      The unique challenges and rewards of being a police officer in a small town. ·      Working with a variety of other law enforcement agencies in Texas, including the iconic Texas Rangers. ·      David’s writing process has allowed him to produce a large amount of books in a short amount of time. ·      David’s podcast, “The Nightmare Engine.” All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Check out David's website to learn more about him, his books, and his podcast!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Four time zones, two counties, and an ocean can't separate these heavy hitters in publishing! This is why I still do the podcast! It is so much fun being with all of you and I want to share the wisdom of this hive.Today’s show is for the writers out there who want to level up their author careers! My guests, that’s right guests, are none other than Author and Host of the Self Publishing Show, James Blatch, and best-selling authors Cecelia Mecca and Jodi Burnett!We chat about the new and improved Self-Publishing Formula course formerly known as SPF 101, now SPF Launchpad with James and these two wildly successful authors who have benefited from the course. We also talk about what is selling books for them in this super competitive marketplace. In today’s episode we discuss:·      How James, Cecelia, and Jodi started their author careers. ·      When and what book in your catalog should be converted into an audiobook.·      Best use of Facebook and other ads. ·      Getting the most out of social media, especially TikTok. ·      The benefits of SPF Launchpad and how to maximize its effectiveness.·      How Cecelia and Jodi have had their spouses assist them in their author business.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Come visit James Blatch at his website and Self Publishing Formula.Head on over to both of Cecelia's author websites. Visit Jodi Burnett on her website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on today’s show is best-selling author and retired Police Captain Frank Zafiro!During his law enforcement career, Zafiro worked as a patrol officer, corporal, and detective before entering leadership roles and becoming a sergeant in 2002. He was fortunate enough to command patrol officers, investigators, K-9 officers (and their dogs!), and the SWAT team. He also commanded both the patrol division and the investigative division of the police department at different points in his career. Frank is an accomplished writer with over forty books published.In today’s episode we discuss:·      Frank’s early years in the United States Army and how that prepared him for future leadership roles·      Why Frank became a police officer. ·      Frank’s law enforcement career with the City of Spokane.·      The importance of leadership and Frank teaching Leadership in Police Organizations. ·      Being a captain in charge of the patrol bureau. ·      How he consistently produces numerous books.·      Franks podcast, Wrong Place, Wright Crime. ·      All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Head on over to Frank's website to learn more about him and his books!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today's show takes us into the "real" Chicago P.D. with retired Detective Lieutenant Richard Rybicki!The good lieutenant served for over 29 years on the Chicago Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Officer, Tactical Officer, Gang Crimes Specialist, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Detective Lieutenant. His last assignment was as the Lieutenant/commanding officer of the Area Three Homicide/Sex/Gang Crimes unit.If you want to know how the dedicated men and women of the Chicago Police Department actually solve crimes and what lingo and culture are specific to the Chicago P.D., this episode is for you! During this episode you will learn:What it was like to be a rookie Chicago Cop back in the late 1970s.What equipment was issued to a rookie way back then.The rank structure for the Chicago Police Department.How homicides are investigated in Chicago. Lingo and culture that is used in the Chicago Police Department.All of this and more on today's episode of the Cops and Writers Podcast!Visit Richard's author page on Amazon.Check out the Sam Laska Crime Thriller page on Facebook.Enjoy the Cops and Writers book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Come join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupDo you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on today’s show is best-selling author, and retired Detective David Putnam!During his law enforcement career, “Deputy Dave” Putnam worked primarily in California on teams for Patrol, Investigations, SWAT, Narcotics (street level and majors), Violent Crimes, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, and the Detective Bureau.He rounded out his law enforcement career with a few years in the Hawaiian Islands as a Special Agent–part of a real-life “Hawaii-50” team.In today’s episode we discuss:·      David’s unique childhood, including him, watching the Truman Capote movie “In Cold Blood” at age nine.·      Why David became a police officer. ·      David’s start in law enforcement in Southern California.·      Being on the S.W.A.T. team. ·      Investigating police officers working in internal affairs. ·      Being a Special Agent on the real-life Hawaii-50 team.·      David’s author career and his newest release, A Fearsome Moonlight Black. ·      All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Go visit David's website to learn more about him and his books!Check out David's Amazon Author Page!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on today’s show is New York Times and U.S.A. Today best-selling author, speaker, and consultant, Eva Lesko Natiello!Eva, a former VP of Global Communications for Estee Lauder Inc. which jump-started a 20+ year career as a communication, marketing, and branding expert. Eva now coaches authors on how to market their books in order to increase visibility and find readers.Eva is known for her book marketing ideas that work!In today’s episode, we discuss:·      How Eva’s degree in psychology has influenced her work in corporate America and her author career.·      Marketing lessons learned from Estée Lauder that translated to her author career.·      The power of ‘putting yourself out there.’·      Your best use of time for marketing your book. ·      Best book marketing practices for introverts. ·      How she keeps track of the twists and turns in her stories.·      Her best advice for struggling authors.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Go visit Eva's website! Check out Eva's Amazon Author Page!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on today’s show is George Cramer, an enrolled descendant of the Karuk Tribe of California. George began his forty-year investigative career in law enforcement and then moved into private and corporate investigations. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts, earning his MFA-Creative Writing.As a corporate and private investigator, Mr. Cramer conducted thousands of investigations throughout the Americas and Asia. He kept his investigative skills honed by volunteering as a Missing Persons investigator at a California Police Department.In today’s episode we discuss:·      How George got interested in law enforcement.·      What it was like to be a police officer in 1968.·      Training and equipment for a street cop back in the late 1960s.·      Doing undercover drug buys with members of the Hell’s Angles Motorcycle Gang.·      Becoming a private investigator. ·      Beginning his writing career and his M.F.A. at age 68.  All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit George's website to learn more about him and his books!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Mark Dawson's Self Publishing Launchpad is now live. It is only open a couple of times a year.This is an affiliate link. https://courses.selfpubform.com/.../self.../jmkb9QYBurv96EiMDo you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on today’s show is best-selling author and coordinator of the world’s biggest and best indie author conference, 20 Books Vegas, Craig Martelle Craig is a fountain of knowledge as he breaks down the conference for us today that is happening November 14-18, 2022 at Bally's / Horseshoe Las Vegas. In today’s episode we discuss:·      How 20 Book Vegas started and has grown into a premier world-class indie author conference.·      Why have the conference in Vegas?·      Navigating the 20 Books Vegas Facebook group.·      Best practices to enjoy the show.·      Best safety tips when in Vegas. ·      How to get to the hotel and other spots in Vegas. ·      Future 20 Book Vegas conferences. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Craig at his website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on the show today is Author and Crime Scene Investigator, Donna Jaconi.  Officer Jaconi had a distinguished career for 29 years with the City of Philadelphia Police Department. Starting as a fingerprint technician and then being accepted to the police academy. She worked patrol and got her experience on the streets of Philly. Officer Jaconi worked the majority of her career in the Crime Scene Unit. Officer Jaconi has worked the most notorious crime scenes, including processing over 1,000 homicide scenes.Now retired, she has written the book, “Out of the Darkness: A story of a CSI officer's journey with murder, love, and compassion.”In today’s episode we discuss:·      How she got her start in the Philadelphia Police Department.·      The special training required for crime scene investigators.·      The job of CSI at crime scenes, specifically homicide, sexual assault, and robbery.·      How she dealt with the horrors she saw on the street on a regular basis.·      The biggest C.S.I. misconceptions on T.V. and Movies. ·      Testing for gunshot residue and the use of Luminol. ·      How C.S.I.’s package evidence in specific ways.·      Her book, “Out of the Darkness: A story of a CSI officer’s journey with murder, love, and compassion.”All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Donna on Facebook.Check out Donna on Liberty Hill Publishing.Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest today is Gary Edgington. I wanted to give a special thank you to Gary who shared the story of his own father who was a police officer, being murdered in the line of duty on this day in 1979 on today’s show. Gary's long career in law enforcement includes police officer and detective in several southern California jurisdictions, and Special Agent with the California Department of Justice where he worked on major narcotics cases, organized crime, unsolved homicide, and internal affairs. Gary also was a member of the FBI’s “Joint Terrorism Task Force” in Los Angeles. After 9/11, he was promoted to Task Force Commander and took command of a multi-agency counter-terrorism task force based in Southern California for the California Department of Justice.Post-retirement life sent him to Iraq, where he was an advisor for the United States Army.He now works in the private sector and has recently published the book, "Outside the Wire."In today’s episode we discuss:·      The impact of his father being killed in the line of duty when he was only three weeks into the L.A. County Sheriff’s Academy as a recruit.·      His experience working as a detective in the Beverly Hills Police Department.·      Being an investigator for the L.A. County D.A.’s office.·      His job as a special agent for the Department of Justice, including the O.J. trial.·      Him working, among other things I.A.D. ·      The pros and cons of body-worn cameras. ·      Gary working with the F.B.I. on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.·      The biggest terrorist threat to the United States today.·      His author career, including his debut novel, “Outside the Wire.” All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Gary's website, which has links to his social media and books!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
My guest on the show today is international best-selling author Matthew Dicks. Matthew has won numerous literary awards and has had his books translated in over 25 countries worldwide.  When he is not writing award-winning, best-selling books, Matthew fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a storyteller, a marketing and storytelling consultant, a speaking coach, a blogger, a wedding DJ, and a minister.  ​In today’s episode we discuss:·      His 26 years of being a wedding D.J. and the unexpected benefits from this experience.·      Him sharing a room with a goat named, “Goat.”·      His book, Someday Is Today: 22 Simple, Actionable Ways to Propel Your Creative Life.·      How to multitask.·      The 100-year-old plan. ·      The eagle and the mouse. ·      Best practices for entrepreneurs.·      The power of yes.·      How to overcome writer’s block.·      The best way to start and end a story.·      The importance of celebrating. All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Come visit Matt on his website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Today’s show is going to the dogs! My guests on the show today are award-winning best-selling authors who weave K-9s into their stories, Jodi Burnett and Kathleen Donnelly.Award-winning author Kathleen Donnelly has been a handler for Sherlock Hounds Detection Canines—a Colorado-based narcotics K-9 company—since 2005. She loves crafting realism into her fictional stories from her dog-handling experience. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and formerly wrote for The Berthoud Weekly Surveyor where she won a Colorado Press Award.Jodi Burnett is a best-selling indie superstar author with over twelve books published in a little over two years, earning her over six figures a year! Jodi treats her author career as a business, and that is paying dividends for her. ​In today’s episode, we discuss:·      The importance of professional, eye-appealing author websites and book covers.·      Why Jodi is a self-published author and the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie.·      Why Kathleen is a traditionally published author and the advantages and disadvantages of this author path.·      Why people are drawn to stories with dogs in them.·      How they researched the utilization of K-9s in law enforcement.·      Best advice for authors who are writing stories about dogs or have them as characters in their books.·      Kathleen’s Sherlock Hounds K-9 Detection service. ·      The pros of attending author conventions.·      Their writing tips, tools, and routines.All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.Visit Jodi on her website!Check out Jodi's Amazon Author Page.Check out episode #45 Of the Cops and Writers Show with Jodi BurnettCheck out Kathleen's author website!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
Welcome back to the conclusion of my interview with Author and NYPD Detective Vic Ferrari! Author Vic Ferrari is a retired New York City Police Department detective with the hamstrings of a twenty-year-old. A survivor of an Irish father and Italian mother, Vic loves a cold beer and insists on you removing your shoes when entering his home. When he's not writing, he's picking up after his neurotic Irish Wolfhound.   In today’s episode we discuss:·      Compstat Policing.·      The perilous unintended consequences of highly restrictive pursuit policies and because of ego, the unwillingness of command staff to change.·      Vic’s humorous and informative tell-all books about life in the NYPD.·      The reaction Vic received from his former colleagues regarding his books, the answer might surprise you.·      Vic’s life as an author.·      What life was like as an NYPD detective on 9/11 and his firsthand accounts from ground zero.·      Common NYPD misconceptions that are generated from Hollywood and other media outlets. All of this and more on the conclusion of my interview with Vic Ferrari! Visit Vic's Amazon page to find his books!Check out Vic on Instagram!, Twitter, and Facebook!Check out Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1)!!Enjoy the Cops and Writer's book series.Please visit the Cops and Writers website.If you have a question for the sarge, hit him up at his email.Join the fun at the Cops and Writers Facebook groupConsider buying me a coffee :-)Do you enjoy gritty, action-packed real-life police dramas to get your fill of blood, heartache, and cop humor, and maybe even a little romance? You’ve come to the right series! If you're a fan of Hill Street Blues, Southland, or Bosch you’re going to love Brew City Blues! Book one, Field Training, and two, Probation, are now live, and book three, Choir Practice, is now on pre-order and will be available for purchase February 10, 2023. Exclusively on Amazon!Support the show
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