It feels like there’s a never-ending scroll of law enforcement podcasts out there, with more popping up every week. And while the shared experiences of every LEO, attorney, detective, and other professional are valuable, so is your time.
Since you can’t listen to all of them, we decided to help you out. We polled our network of law enforcement experts for their picks of the most insightful, most interesting, and most powerful law enforcement podcasts out there in 2023.
They came back with many suggestions covering everything from technology to community relations and compelling personal stories from the beat. So we combed through their lists to present you with the best of the best.
Blue Line: The Podcast
Host: Blue Line Magazine
Blue Line podcast brings together leaders in policing from across Canada to talk about hot topics and trends in law enforcement. Listen to compelling conversations and keep appraised on the latest policing matters.
Check out this featured episode:Change is good, so give it a try with Cst. Ryan Dlin
Policing Matters Podcast
Host: Jim Dudley
Tune into this weekly podcast to learn about the latest news and critical issues impacting police officers. In this show, retired Chief Deputy Jim Dudley chats with criminal justice and law enforcement experts about the top strategies and trends impacting policing.
Check out this featured episode:Jay Wadsworth on failure to control combative subjects: 'The number 1 problem is training.'
Bend Don’t Break
Host: Chief Neil Dubord
This unique podcast tells the stories of police officers who have overcome significant adversity in their personal and professional lives. It gives listeners an intimate and authentic look at the life of a police officer and the strength needed for the job.
Check out this featured episode:Skewed World View: How Policing Affects Your Perspective
Things Police See: First-Hand Accounts
Host: Steve Gould
This podcast helps you get to know many police officers personally. They share their most intense, humorous, and scary moments on the job. Host Steve Gould and guests give listeners a humbling and authentic real-life perspective of the realities of being an officer. This is one show you don’t want to miss.
Check out this featured episode:Cold Cases: Murderers Caught After Brutal Crimes
LEO Round Table
Host: Chip DeBlock
In this podcast, host Chip DeBlock brings together active and retired federal, state, and local law enforcement professionals and attorneys from around the country to talk about the latest news in the policing field.
Check out this featured episode:Memphis Mistakes Unmasked In Tyre Nichol's Death
The Squad Room
Host: Garrett Te Slaa
The life of a police officer isn’t all that it appears to be on television. Many officers manage rotating shifts impacting their sleep, nutritional habits, and more. This unique podcast shares personal development tips for law enforcement professionals to support them mentally, physically, and emotionally on and off the job.
Check out this featured episode:4 Conversations You Should Be Having as a Leader (and 4 You Should NEVER Have!)
Criminal Justice Evolution Podcast
Hosts: Patrick Fitzgibbons
Learn leadership, self-care, growth, and development lessons in this top-rated podcast hosted by Patrick Fitzgibbons. Tune in to uncover current knowledge, advice, and tools to grow personally and professionally.
Check out this featured episode:The Importance of Culture - Use of Force Expert: Marlon Marrache
Host: Ryan Tillman, Anthony Johnson
The #ITSNEEDED podcast bridges the gap between law enforcement professionals and their communities through honest conversations, with many insights into the policing field offered along the way. This podcast is hosted by Ryan Tillman, the founder of Breaking Barriers United and an officer in Southern California and co-hosted by Officer Anthony Johnson.
Check out this featured episode:"This Scenario Changed Me"
Host: Kelly McEvers
In this podcast, Kelly McEvers takes you behind the law enforcement and criminal justice stories to give listeners a deep and personal look at current news. Episodes look at the stories behind police shootings caught on video, epidemic insights, political administration’s lives, and more.
Check out this featured episode:The Boatlift
The Beat: A COPS Office Podcast
Host: US DOJ COPS personnel
The Beat features a wide range of interviews with law enforcement experts and those from other disciplines. In addition, they present breaking and compelling stories centered around topics in community policing.
Check out this featured episode:We Regret to Inform You: Trauma Notifications
Law Enforcement Today: Crime and Trauma Stories
Host: John "Jay" Wiley
Host Wiley bills his podcast as “a True Crime Show, a Law Enforcement Officer Show, and a Human Interest show all in one.” He interviews LEOs, their families, and crime victims to understand what life is like behind the badge and the trauma caused by crime in our communities.
Check out this featured episode:Police Shooting, Did He Get A Fair Trial? Prison Sentence of 25 Years.
The Off-Duty Podcast
Host: Anthony McNeil
Anthony is a retired LEO who uses his deep network of law enforcement contacts to bring you stories of life on and off duty. He interviews other police officers, but also EMTs, medical examiners, and other people whose careers intersect law enforcement.
Check out this featured episode:Cops Direct Empowering Cops – Aaron Negherbon
Street Cop Podcast
Host: Dennis Benigno
Street Cop is a career-building podcast for police officers at any point in their career. It features interviews with law enforcement professionals who give practical advice about how to conduct better police work and achieve your career goals.
Check out this featured episode:Recognize Your Excuses with Jason Swartz
New Perspectives Improve Your Work and Career
The world of law enforcement is big and always getting bigger. Some of these podcasts should give valuable new perspectives from corners of that world you might not get to hear otherwise. You never know which new ideas, new technologies, or new ways of thinking could transform how your agency works or your career.
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