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The 10 Best Law Enforcement Podcasts (that you need to listen to)

Are you on the podcast bandwagon? As of 2022, 62% of the US population has listened to a podcast, with the last count being at more than 1,000,000 podcast shows available. If you have not given it a shot yet, we highly recommend you do. Podcasts are a form of captivating storytelling or discussion that allows you to be entertained wherever you are: in your car, running errands, on patrol, doing chores, at the gym, or whatever you want!

If you have an interest in or work in law enforcement, we have done all the work for you. We have compiled the best 10 law enforcement podcasts that you should check out today.

1. The Squad Room 

Rating: 4.9/5 (50 ratings)

Episodes to date: 171

Average Episodes per month: 3

Average length per episode:  60 minutes

If you are looking to get the best tips and tricks from someone in the industry, The Squad Room is for you. 

“The Squad Room is a podcast devoted to optimizing the physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness of police officers, and law enforcement personnel. We tackle any subject that might improve first responder wellness and commitment to ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities we serve. Physical fitness, sleep and sleeping disorders, identifying PTSD, mindfulness and meditation, the importance of mentors and coaches – the list goes on!”

2. Policing Matters

Rating: 4/5 (7 ratings)

Episodes to date: 100

Average Episodes per month: 4

Average length per episode: 30 minutes

If you’re in law enforcement, then you probably know about PoliceOne.; the website that is the best source for all breaking police news, police resources and general law enforcement related material. You may have not been aware, but they also have a podcast! The podcast is hosted by Jim Dudley (retired San Francisco Deputy Chief).

For those that want to stay up to date with all the latest police news and trends, this is the perfect source for getting the inside scoop. Some of the “best of the podcast” episodes you might want to check out are: “Episode 33: Ordering Food While in Uniform” and “Episode 40: Get Out of the Car: Alternative Police Tactics.” Check out the podcast here.

3. Tactical Fitness

Rating: 4.9/5 (147 ratings)

Episodes to date: >100
Average Episodes per month: 1-2
Average length per episode: 45 minutes
 
Hosted by Stew Smith, a certified military fitness trainer who has trained thousands of students for Navy SEAL, Special Forces, SWAT, FBI, ERT and more. Tactical Fitness discusses different topics related to “tactical fitness training for military, special ops, police and fire fighting training.” This podcast is perfect for the fitness junkie who wants to get their fill on how to stay fit for the job. Some of the “best of the podcast” episodes you might want to check out are: “Episode 121: Post Workout Injury Prevention” and “Episode 111: Nutrition: Fuel for Prep, Training, Selection.” Check out the podcast here.
 

4. Things Police See: First Hand Accounts

Rating: 4.9/5 (815 ratings)

Episodes to date: >100

Average episodes per month: 5

Average length per episode:  60 minutes

Steve Gould, a former Massachusetts police officer, interviews fellow police officers about their most shocking moments on the job. The result is stories that are undeniably stupefying, funny, and startling. The phrase “you can’t make these stories up if you tried” is very applicable here; these episodes play out like a movie. Some of the “best of the podcast” episodes you might want to check out are: “Most Evil Criminal and Dumbest Criminal” and “Gil Reyes – Stories from the California Highway Patrol.” Check out the podcast here.

5. The Officer Autumn Show

Rating: 4/5 (8 ratings)

Episodes to date: >200

Average episodes per month: 5

Average length per episode:  20 minutes

A podcast designed for helping women in law enforcement. Meet host, Autumn Clifford, a police officer who has been coaching and mentoring first responders for the last 7 years. “From pre-job to getting into the job to dealing with the job as an officer. Everything a women in law enforcement needs to know- you can find here.”

6. 70 Million

Rating: 4.5/5 (119 ratings)

Episodes to date: 55

Average Episodes per month: 2

Average length per episode: 30 minutes

Host Mitzi Miller, journalist and multi-published author, takes you through episodes that discuss local jails and their impacts on communities and people. Travelling across the United States, the Peabody-nominated podcast tackles “diversion, bail reform, recidivism and adoption of technology.”  This podcast is great for those who want to learn more about the prison and criminal justice system. With the final season of the podcast just launching, this is one you’ll want to listen to. Check out the podcast here.

7. Police Academy Podcast

Rating: 4.6/5 (346 ratings)

Episodes to date: 189

Average Episodes per month:  1

Average length per episode: 30 minutes

Your destination for all things police. “No question is out of bounds, no topic too sensitive. This is Police Academy!

“Your source for the no apologies, no spin truth about all things police. Discussions about why cops do what they do, avoiding speeding tickets or just how to stay alive can all be found right here.”

A podcast great for learning about any topics related to police. Listen to the top 20 episodes here. 

 

8. Street Cop Podcast

Rating: 4.6/5 (10 ratings)

Episodes to date: >700

Average Episodes  Frequency:  Daily

Average length per episode: 45 minutes

“The Street Cop Podcast is the #1 podcast of law enforcement officers looking to take their career to the next level. We drop new episodes everyday and have powerful conversations with special guests who are experts in their field and industry leaders. We’ll teach you how to do real police work.”

A great resource for any law enforcement officers looking to be the best they can be. Advice and suggestions that will help make you a better police officer and help improve your department. Listen to episodes here.

9. Bend Don’t Break

Rating: 4.9/5 (160 ratings)

Episodes to date: 41

Average Episodes  per month:  1

Average length per episode: 45 minutes

“Bend Don’t Break is a podcast that tells the story of police officers who have overcome significant adversity in their personal and professional lives. Through the power of story, the listener will understand the depth of resilience and personal strength that exists in the men and women who protect our communities 24×7.”

A great resource for anyone in law enforcement. Helping break the stigma of police struggles by sharing stories of current law enforcement officers. Listen to episodes here.  

10. Coroner Talk

Rating: 4.5/5 (14 ratings)

Episodes to date: 100

Average Episodes  per month:  2

Average length per episode: 45 minutes

While this podcast doesn’t focus on lighthearted content, it can be a great resource for anyone involved in the field of death investigations. Host Darren Dake, current investigator for Crawford County, noticed a opportunity to provide better training and tips for coroners and small police department and launched Coroner Talk. 

 “Whether you’re a coroner, a member of local police or county law enforcement, an EMS professional, or medical examiner – or frankly, anyone in between, Coroner Talk™ is the right community for you. We provide training and resources to coroners and death investigators by and from professionals around the world, a peer to peer training environment.”

Listen to episodes here. 

 

 The Bottom Line 

 There are a variety of law enforcement and policing podcast available for any type of subject. Let us know if we missed one of your favorites! Or, take a listen and give us feedback on what you thought of our recommendations.
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